julie chen big brother 'Big Brother' returns to CBS on July 8Season 12 of “Big Brother” is coming back to your television sets on Thursday, July 8, according to a promo that aired during the “Survivor” finale on CBS Sunday, May 16.

It’s probably safe to assume the tri-weekly schedule will then pick up on Sunday, July 11 and continue until the September finale. The show traditionally airs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, with Thursdays being the live eviction show.

Open casting calls for the 12th edition of “Big Brother” just wrapped at the end of April, so they are most likely still narrowing down the crazypants applicants to find just the right combination for summer TV shenanigans.

Get excited, hamster fans! Only 53 days until the premiere!

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."