CBS moves one of Big Brother’s three weekly episodes to Wednesdays

For its 12th season, Big Brother will still air three nights a week, but it will move to Wednesdays at 8, the same timeslot Survivor will move to this fall.

Starting July 8, the series will air Thursdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, CBS announced today. Last summer, the other midweek episode aired Tuesdays at 9. The Thursday episodes will remain the live evictions presided over by Julie Chen, who is, of course, returning.

Assuming producers keep the same production schedule, nothing will change, except the editors will have an extra day to craft the veto challenge and ceremony episode. Typically, the entire game plays out over the weekend, but since the veto ceremony concludes the mid-week episode, everything that occurs during the week, like strategy or racist fights, has to fit into the 20 minutes or so allotted to post-veto developments on the live Thursday episodes. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter what day of the week the veto episode airs.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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