'Big Brother 8' Plans Expanded Coverage


Starting on July 5, you'll be able to spend the rest of your summer doing nothing but watching "Big Brother."

The eighth season of CBS' reliable summer shut-in saga will launch with an hour-long episode starting at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 5. The series will then inundate CBS' various online ventures. Plus, for the first time, "Big Brother" will move to CBS' corporate sibling Showtime.

CBS will air "Big Brother" on Thursday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m., as well as Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

As a result, CBS' struggling reality offering "Pirate Master" will be on the move in July. The Mark Burnett-produced series will get a special 9 p.m. Thursday airing after the "Big Brother 8" premiere, before moving to its new time slot on Tuesday nights a 10 p.m., the closest thing to a diapora on CBS' schedule.

But back to "Big Brother" and its attempts to take over the known world... For the seventh straight season, CBS will offer 24-7 streaming video from within the the house via RealNetworks and SuperPass. For the second straight year, CBS will offer special mobile phone content. CBS will also offer full-length episodes and highlight clips on its CBS Audience Network. Also, the online series "House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show" will return for its fourth season.

This season's biggest additional twist is the appearance of "Big Brother: After Dark" on Showtime's "Shotoo" broadcast platform. Each night, Shotoo will feature a live feed from the Big Brother house airing from midnight-to-3 a.m. ET. That sounds like it might be boring, but since the "Big Brother" house is in Los Angeles, it'll actually be from 9 p.m. to midnight for the guests, so expect the potential for occasional random nudity.

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