Big Brother 9 debuts Feb. 12; airs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays

CBS has confirmed the debut date for the first-ever non-summer edition of Big Brother. The ninth season will debut Feb. 12, according to a CBS press release.

The show will air Tuesdays at 9, Wednesdays at 8, and Sundays at 8, a slightly different schedule than the summer edition, which aired its eviction episodes on Thursday evenings. CBS also confirmed that “Julie Chen returns as host of the live weekly eviction broadcast.”

Producers are currently holding open casting calls for the new season, which will not feature America’s Player.

Game Shows, Popular Reality Series, … Join CBS’s Primetime Schedule in January and February [CBS press release]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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