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'Big Brother' could air on CBS this summer, just at a later time

The president of CBS Entertainment told Deadline the company is "optimistic" the show's 22nd season won't be vetoed.
Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Host Julie Chen Moonves talks to the Jury on "Big Brother" on the season finale, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, on the CBS Television Network.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Floaters will want to keep their life vest close: Everyone's summertime guilty pleasure "Big Brother" still might go into production for the 22nd season.

Speaking with Deadline on Tuesday, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said they are "optimistic" both it and "Love Island," which debuted last July on American airwaves, will go on this summer. They just might be on a little later, Kahl said. 

"Those shows turn around pretty quickly, 'Big Brother' has live shows every week and 'Love Island' literally airs the night after it shoots, those shows do not have long post-processes," he told Deadline.

Strict limitations remain in place in Los Angeles County, California, where the show is produced, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. A safer at home order remains in effect "until further notice," according to the Los Angeles Times

But the paper said the state is quickly working to reopen its economy, which might explain some of CBS' optimism. Still, the Times reports Los Angeles County outpaces the rest of the state in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths.

The U.S. version of "Big Brother" debuted on July, 5, 2000, and has been hosted by Julie Chen Moonves since the beginning. Contestants, or "houseguests" as they're called on the show, are isolated from the outside world as they compete for power and, ultimately, a $500,000 grand prize.

The isolation rules have been broken for unusual circumstances and more recently, houseguests on the German version of the show in mid-March were told of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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