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Meet The Big Brother Season 18 Cast

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Big Brother kicks off its 18th season next week with a three-hour premiere spanning two nights- two hours on Wednesday, June 22 and one hour on Thursday, June 23. This year’s group of houseguests will embark on a record 99 days inside the house. Yikes.

With only 12 names released so far, it’s obvious CBS is waiting til the premiere to reveal the other houseguests. There’s no way only a dozen people are competing for $500,000 given the marathon time inside the house.

From the looks of it, the remaining houseguests will be returning players. Based on the names of the cast revealed so far, the alums will most likely be related to the newbies. I expect Cody Calafiore and Vanessa Rousso to be included in the bunch. They don’t exactly have the most common surnames and the newbies sharing their names look remarkably similar. Check out the cast of Big Brother S18 below.

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It’s no secret that Hamilton tickets are almost impossible to score, No doubt, the opportunity to watch a couple of free performances from the hit musical helped buoy ratings for the Tony Awards. Viewers who tuned in, certainly weren’t disappointed. The show kicked off and ended with cast members from the smash musical performing.

Broadway’s biggest night had its best showing in over a decade. The CBS telecast delivered 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, up 35 and 60 percent from last year to mark 15 and 13-year highs.

While it was a big night for Hamilton, it wasn’t a record-breaking one. Its 11 wins was just short of The Producers‘ record 12 wins back in 2001. Still, Hamilton had plenty of reason to celebrate. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, while three of the Hamilton cast walked away with three of the four Best Acting Musical statues. It’s also worth noting, all four musical acting awards were won by African Americans. As James Corden jokingly mentioned at beginning of the show, the Tonys are the Oscars but with diversity. True dat!!!

Check out all the show-stopping performances below. If you don’t have time to watch all of them, the opening number, Gloria Estefan during On Your Feet and naturally, all the Hamilton performances are ones to watch.

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CBS Finally Reveals Limitless’ Fate

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When the big broadcast networks present their new schedules at the annual upfronts, typically every current airing series knows if they’ve received a renewal or cancellation. Not so for Limitless.

The freshman series starring Jake McDormand and Jennifer Carpenter was in a state of limbo. Even after CBS’ presentation, the show’s fate was still up in the air. Finally, all has been revealed. Find out below.

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For 13 of the past 14 years, CBS has finished the season as America’s most-watched network. When you’re number one, it’s easy to rest on your laurels, but not for the eye network. It’s adding five new dramas and three new comedies. Unlike NBC and FOX, they’re premiering most of them in the fall, and only saving two for midseason.

The most notable change on their schedule is the fact, it’s increasing the number of comedies from four to eight, compared to last fall, and programming two two-hour blocks on Mondays and Thursdays. The most interesting of the freshman comedies is the Matt Leblanc show, Man With A Plan.

With regards to drama, since I’m a fan of the original series, the MacGyver reboot is naturally one I’m looking forward to. Training Day, starring Bill Paxton, and legal drama Doubt, with Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox also interest me. Sadly, Heigl and Cox’s show won’t air until 2017.

All in all, it’s a solid crop. However, CBS is getting flack from critics for not featuring enough diversity. Problem is, the top-billed actor in each is white and male. There was a high-profile Nancy Drew pilot featuring Iranian-Spanish actress Sarah Shahi in the mix, but was scrapped.

In CBS’s defense though, when Doubt airs, it’ll become the first broadcast series to feature a transgender series regular played by a transgender actor (Laverne Cox).

Do you think CBS deserves the criticism? Weigh in after watching all the trailers for the new shows below, along with checking out CBS’s new schedule.

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Who knew Sia was a Survivor fan? Never would’ve guessed it in a million years. The 40-year-old Aussie made a surprise appearance on the finale of Survivor: Kaoh Rong and showed exactly how huge of a fangirl she is.

After a package showing castaway Tai Trang’s journey played, Sia interrupted Jeff Probst to declare her love for Tai. Since Sprint no longer gives a fan favorite monetary award, Sia shelled out $100,000– $50,000 of which went to Tai and the other $50,000 to an animal charity of his choice. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Amazing!!! If you didn’t watch this season, Tai adorably befriended a chicken instead of eating it for nourishment. Ergo the money for an animal charity.

Check out the epic moment below, after reading what Probst told Entertainment Weekly about what to expect on the the upcoming thirty-third season, Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X. It’s an interesting concept for sure.

“It will hook you quickly because you will identify with one group or the other. The differences between the two groups are quickly apparent, and the Millennials often left me challenging my own way of looking at the world. There is so much appealing energy from the Millennials, and yet often that energy leads to quick decisions that aren’t always well thought out. With Gen X, you see a tendency to overthink and get stuck in one way of thinking, which can prevent mistakes, but can also hold you back from seizing opportunities. I feel really confident the audience is going to enjoy the season very much.”

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During their upfronts (I’ll post trailers for new shows later), CBS shared the first promotional video for their highly-anticipated Star Trek reboot. Don’t hold your breath for your favorite characters from the past to return, the teaser clip promises “new adventure, new crews, new villains, new heroes.”

“The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.” – CBS

The upcoming series comes from former Deep Space Nine writer Bryan Fuller. No cast announcements have been made yet, though CBS president Les Moonves coyly played with the audience. “You didn’t think we were going to show you the cast, did you?,” adding, “It’s too early for that.” The reboot will air sometime in early 2017. Check out the teaser clip below.

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Survivor: Kaôh R?ng is just a few days from crowning its winner, but casting for the next two seasons is in its final stages. While the cast for Season 33 will be entirely new players, it’ll be the complete opposite for Season 34. Insider Survivor reveals production is down to a short list of returnees, playing for the second, third and in a couple cases, a fourth time.

Reportedly, the short list is down to about 30 individuals. However, it appears the final cast size of 18/20 castaways will be decided by production and not a fan vote like Survivor: Cambodia (S31). Boo!!! It worked out so well last time.

Jeff Probst and company will film the next two seasons in Fiji. The last time the reality show filmed there was Season 14. Check out the short list below which includes eight previous winners. Nine if either Aubrey or Tai win this season.

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The last remaining CSI property, CSI: Cyber, has bitten the dust. The upcoming 2016-2017 season will be the first time without a CSI-branded program on the schedule in 16 years. It truly is, the end of an era over at CBS.

CSI: Cyber was the fourth CSI series, following the original series which ran from 2000-2015. The spinoffs, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY aired from 2002-2012 and 2004-2013 respectively.

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