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One day after putting the finishing touches on some key spring premiere and finale dates, CBS on Thursday laid out its summer schedule, including launch dates for new original dramas “BrainDead,” from the team behind “The Good Wife,” and “American Gothic,” from Steven Spielberg.

“BrainDead,” a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C., politics, bows Monday, June 13, at 10. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James and Johnny Ray Gill. Robert and Michelle King, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. Judy Smith serves as co-executive producer.

“Big Brother” will again be a big part of the CBS summer schedule, with three weekly airings and — for a third straight year — will have its earliest summer premiere date yet. The show bows with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, June 22, and will again air regularly on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 9.

The two-hour “Big Brother” premiere will help launch new drama “American Gothic,” which bows June 22 at 10. The series, from Spielberg’s Amblin Television, is about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. It stars Juliet Rylance, Anthony Starr, Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas and Gabriel Bateman.

Corinne Brinkerhoff, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, James Frey and Todd Cohen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Amblin was also behind recent CBS summer original dramas “Under the Dome” and “Extant.”

Last summer’s most-watched new scripted series, “Zoo,” kicks off its second season with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, June 28, from 9 to 11, before moving to its regular 9 p.m. time period the following week. As it did last year, it will follow repeats of “NCIS.”


Monday, June 13
10:00-11:00 PM                      BRAINDEAD (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, June 22
8:00-10:00 PM                        BIG BROTHER (Two-Hour Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM                      AMERICAN GOTHIC (Series Premiere)

Thursday, June 23
9:00-10:00 PM                        BIG BROTHER (Thursday Premiere)

Sunday, June 26
8:00-9:00 PM                          BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)

Tuesday, June 28
9:00-11:00 PM                        ZOO (Two-Hour 2nd Season Premiere)

Wednesday, June 29
8:00-9:00 PM                          BIG BROTHER (Regular Wednesday Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, July 5
9:00-10:00 PM                        ZOO (Regular Tuesday Time Period Premiere)

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