julie chen 320 CBS sets summer dates for 'Big Brother,' 'Same Name'“Big Brother” will return for its 13th season in July, once again carrying the bulk of CBS’ original programming load this summer.

The network will also launch another unscripted show in July: “Same Name,” in which celebrities trade lives with non-famous people who, you guessed it, have the same name.

“Big Brother” will debut Thursday, July 7 and stick to the Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday schedule it used last year. Live eviction shows remain on Thursdays, and Julie Chen will be back as your host.

“Same Name” will debut at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, July 24, following “Big Brother.” It comes from executive producers Cris Abrego (“Rock of Love,” “The Surreal Life” and a boatload more VH1 shows) and Eugene Young.

CBS has also set dates for three specials to air in the summer: The 65th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sunday, June 12. The Daytime Emmys, with Wayne Brady as host, air June 19, and the annual “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” will be broadcast on July 4, with Michael Chiklis serving as host.

Posted by:Rick Porter