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This summer CBS is going to sizzle more than ever with an alliance between Big Brother and Love Island that reality show fans are going to relish. The eye network has confirmed the 2021 premiere date of both competition shows and they will be sharing some nights. Julie Chen and Arielle Vandenberg are returning to host their respective shows for a summer hotter than ever.

Julie Chen, host of 'Big Brother,' and Arielle Vandenberg, host of 'Love Island'
Julie Chen and Arielle Vandenberg | Sonja Flemming/CBS / Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

What days will ‘Big Brother’ air on CBS?

CBS has confirmed that Big Brother is returning with a smashing season 23 this summer. On Wednesday, July 7, Chen will return to welcome the new houseguests in a live 90-minute episode starting at 8 p.m. ET. According to the press release from the eye network, the live episode will see the new cast move into the redesigned house.

“Houseguests are in for a high-stakes summer full of Big Risks and Big Rewards, where one wrong gamble could cost them everything,” the press release reads.

When Chen announced the news of Big Brother, she revealed that the theme this year would be the BB Beach Club.

Beginning on Sunday, July 11, the reality show will air Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET and the live eviction episodes will air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.

Paramount+ subscribers will be able to catch all the action from inside the house 24 hours a day and 7 days a week with the live feeds.

Julie Chen hosting 'Big Brother' during a live eviction on CBS
Julie Chen hosting ‘Big Brother’ during a live eviction on CBS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

When will ‘Love Island’ air on CBS?

Following the premiere of Big Brother 23, Love Island will also have a 90-minute season 3 launch starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. Vandenberg will be hosting the series once again in its third season, this time from Hawaii.

A new set of islanders will be living in the sun-drenched Hawaiian Islands for the summer. CBS promises that the Casa Amor twist will return which will test the relationships in the main villa.

After the July 7 premiere, Love Island will air on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 9 p.m. ET during its first week. However, starting on Tuesday, July 13, the show will air Tuesdays through Fridays at 9 p.m. ET for an hour and Sundays at 9 p.m. ET for two hours.

Paramount+ subscribers will have access to more unique CBS reality show content than ever before. For the first time, 10 hours of exclusive Love Island content will be available on the streaming service. Content will include glimpses into the villa and fiery episodes featuring scenes too hot for broadcast.

Arielle Vandenberg, host of 'Love Island USA' on CBS
Arielle Vandenberg, host of ‘Love Island USA’ on CBS | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

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‘Big Brother and ‘Love Island’ return earlier after the pandemic

CBS is premiering Big Brother and Love Island earlier this year than in 2020. The uncertainty of the pandemic forced the eye network to reshuffle their programming as television production shut down.

For Big Brother, social distancing was in place, and audiences were left out of the live shows. As the evicted houseguests came out of the house, Chen was not able to hug them or get close to them. Contestants were also asked to wear a mask as they exited the “BB bubble” and into the “real world.”

Love Island‘s first season was done in Fiji but due to travel restrictions producers had to scramble to find a location for its second season. CBS decided to set up a rooftop villa on top of a Las Vegas casino, right on the strip. However, for its third season, the show returns back to its tropical setting and this time it will be Hawaii.