12th edition of reality series to air next summer

CBS has ordered a 12th edition of “Big Brother” to air next summer.

Eye confirmed the renewal of the Endemol-produced skein on Wednesday. Network is in talks with longtime showrunners Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan to return as “Big Brother” showrunners. The pair recently signed an overall production pact with Sony Pictures TV (Daily Variety, Aug. 24).

Renewal comes a week before “Big Brother 11″ has its two-hour live finale on Sept. 15. Show has been on a solid player for the Eye this summer, growing 7% in viewers over the summer 2008 incarnation to an average of 7.1 million viewers across its three weekly installments.

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