Though we’re still in the middle of March, the broadcast networks are all preparing for the upcoming summer season, with CBS becoming the first to announce their summer 2017 premiere dates today.
CBS summer kicks off on Wednesday, June 28th at 8:00 with the two-hour season premiere of Big Brother. The following week, the show shrinks back to an hour in its regular time slot, while July 12th sees the series premiere of scripted drama Salvation at 9:00. Executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Scorpion) and Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0), Salvation follows a tech superstar and MIT grad student who discover that an asteroid is six months from colliding with Earth. The series stars Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), Santiago Cabrera (Heroes), Jennifer Finnigan (Tyrant), Jacqueline Byers (Roadies), and Ian Anthony Dale (Hart of Dixie).
The Thursday edition of Big Brother premieres June 29th at 9:00 and leads into the third season premiere of Zoo, which had aired on Tuesdays following NCIS repeats during its first two seasons. Additionally, Big Brother has its Sunday premiere on July 2nd at 8:00 before Candy Crush makes its debut July 9th at 9:00. Based on the popular mobile game, Candy Crush is an obstacle course reality series that pits two teams of two against giant interactive game boards. There will also be a play-along option for home viewers.
Last summer, CBS used Big Brother on Madam Secretary repeats (Sundays), Criminal Minds repeats (Wednesdays), and Code Black repeats (Thursdays), whereas this summer the repeats (Criminal Minds on Wednesdays, NCIS: Los Angeles on Sundays) have been shunted to 10:00.
For the time being, the network doesn’t have any originals scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays.