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BB23 and Love Island will premiere on the same night

CBS announced the premiere dates for its two big summer reality shows, Big Brother and Love Island, both of which will premiere on the same night in early July, and both of which are filmed and air in near-real time.

This was announced on Clubhouse, in a call with Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves and Love Island narrator Matthew Hoffman and host Arielle Vandenberg, because CBS is nothing if not hip and in tune with where the kids go for premiere date announcements.

Besides the dates, CBS also revealed that Love Island is moving to Hawaii for its third season, and is now casting. Its first season was filmed in Fiji, where Survivor is currently being filmed, and its second season filmed at a hotel in Las Vegas.

In its announcement, CBS may have hinted at Big Brother’s theme, either in its house design or twists—though we all know that producers frequently drop those twists early in the season. It said:

Houseguests are in for a high-stakes summer full of Big Risks and Big Rewards, where one wrong gamble could cost them everything.

Big Brother 23 and Love Island 3’s premiere date and schedule

BB23 host Julie Chen Moonves and Love Island host Arielle Vandenberg in a promotional image released by CBS
BB23 host Julie Chen Moonves and Love Island host Arielle Vandenberg in a promotional image released by CBS.

BB23 and Love Island 3 will both premiere Wednesday, July 7, with 90-minute episodes. Big Brother goes first, so Love Island premieres at 9:30 p.m. ET.

That’s a slightly later start than usual for Big Brother, which last year premiered in August because of the pandemic, but had been premiering in late June since season 15 in 2013.

Big Brother 23 will have the same schedule and times as last year:

  • Wednesdays at 8
  • Thursdays at 8, the live eviction show
  • Sundays at 8

Love Island will air:

  • Tuesdays at 9
  • Wednesdays at 9
  • Thursdays at 9
  • Fridays at 9
  • Sundays from 9 to 11

With that two-hour Love Island block on Sundays, CBS pointed out that “[t]his summer will be the first time that CBS regularly airs three hours of reality programming on Sundays.”

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