Julie Chen Moonves hosts Big Brother on CBS.

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By Nate Millado

Any true Big Brother fan knows it's not summer until The Chenbot says so! And with Big Brother 23's live 90-minute move-in premiere on July 7, we can officially kick-start the sun-drenched season. Cody Calafiore was crowned the winner of last year's pandemic-delayed All Star season, but this time around, it'll be 16 brand-new players (no returnees!). Here's everything else you need to know about the highly anticipated premiere.

Big Brother premieres Wednesday, July 7, at 8–9:30 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on CBS and Paramount+. Beginning Sunday, July 11, the series will air Sundays and Wednesdays (8–9 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursdays (8–9:01 p.m., live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

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This Season's Theme

During a recent Clubhouse chat, host Julie Chen Moonves teased this summer's theme: the BB Beach Club. "What I'm really looking forward to is for the Big Brother Houseguests to be going on vacation and all of us living vicariously through them." The house decor will be like a boutique hotel!

Go Big or Go Home!

In addition to the beach club theme, BB23 will lean into gambling elements as well. (In fact, the backyard will be transformed into a casino backdrop come premiere night.) "This season, our theme is full of risk-versus-reward dilemmas," executive producer Rich Meehan told Entertainment Weekly. "We're dialing up the risk, hoping and anticipating the Houseguests are faced with decisions they've never really had to make in the Big Brother house before." By the end of the premiere, Julie will make a double-or-nothing offer that may be too good to refuse.

As Always, Expect the Unexpected

Big Brother prides itself in big twists to keep the Houseguests guessing—and this season is no exception. To prevent one big alliance from steamrolling the house, the HGs will be forced to compete in teams! During the live premiere, groups of four will enter into the house and vie to be team captain (and secure their spot in the Head of Household competition). Each captain will then need to choose who to add to their teams.

Meet the Houseguests

The Houseguests competing for $500,000 will be the most diverse yet—thanks to CBS' new initiative that all reality show casts must be 50 percent people of color. Keep reading to get to know the HGs!

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Pregame Elimination!

Just days before the official premiere, early fan favorite Christie Valdiserri had to bow out of the game because she tested positive for COVID-19!

Claire Rehfuss

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Claire Rehfuss

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Christie was replaced at the last minute with Claire Rehfuss, a 25-year-old AI engineer from New York City. Here are the other 15 HGs competing this summer...

Alyssa Lopez

Alyssa Lopez of Big Brother

Alyssa Lopez

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Age: 24 (will turn 25 on July 17)

Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.

Current City: Sarasota, Fla.

Occupation: Swimwear designer

Azah Awasum

Azah Awasum

Azah Awasum

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Age: 30

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Current City: Baltimore, Md.

Occupation: Director of sales operations

Brent Champagne

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Brent Champagne

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Age: 28

Hometown: Cranston, R.I.

Current City: Cranston, R.I.

Occupation: Flight attendant

Britini D'Angelo

Britini DAngelo

Britini D'Angelo

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Age: 24

Hometown: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Current City: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Occupation: Kindergarten teacher

Christian Birkenberger

Christian Birkenberger

Christian Birkenberger

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Age: 23

Current City: Harwinton, Conn.

Occupation: General contractor assistant

Derek Frazier

Derek Frazier

Derek Frazier

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Age: 29

Hometown: Philadelphia

Current City: Philadelphia

Occupation: Safety officer

Derek Xiao

Derek Xiao

Derek Xiao

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Age: 24

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Current City: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Start-up founder

Brandon "Frenchie" French

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Brandon "Frenchie" French

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Age: 34

Hometown: Camden, Tenn.

Current City: Clarksville, Tenn.

Occupation: Farmer

Hannah Chaddha

Hannah Chaddha

Hannah Chaddha

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Age: 21

Hometown: Chicago

Current City: Chicago

Occupation: Graduate student

Kyland Young

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Kyland Young

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Age: 29 (will turn 30 on July 13)

Hometown: San Bernardino County, Calif.

Current City: Venice Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Account executive

Sarah Steagall

Sarah Steagall

Sarah Steagall

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Age: 27 (will turn 28 on Aug. 9)

Hometown: Boiling Springs, S.C.

Current City: Fort Myers, Fla.

Occupation: Forensic scientist

Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell

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Age: 40 (will turn 41 on Aug. 5)

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Current City: Detroit, Mich.

Occupation: Phlebotomist

Travis Long

Travis Long

Travis Long

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Age: 22

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current City: Honolulu

Occupation: Tech sales consultant

Whitney Williams

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Whitney Williams

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Age: 30

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Current City: Portland, Ore.

Occupation; Makeup artist

Xavier Prather

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Xavier Prather

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Age: 27

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.

Current City: Milwaukee, Wis.

Occupation: Attorney

Big Brother premieres Wednesday, July 7, at 8–9:30 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on CBS and Paramount+. Beginning Sunday, July 11, the series will air Sundays and Wednesdays (8–9 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursdays (8–9:01 p.m., live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

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Archival photo of the original Real World cast—Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, and Kevin Powell of the Paramount+ series The Real World Homecoming: New York.

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By Nate Millado

This is the true story of 10 reality series picked to live on a streaming service ...

The recently relaunched Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) is home to more than 5,000 episodes of the biggest reality hits, including The Real World. ViacomCBS invented the genre when the the iconic social experiment premiered on MTV in 1992, and has continued to reinvent the "real" with game-changers like Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Challenge, and RuPaul's Drag Race.

Ready to dive into a reality rabbit hole? Start with these classic episodes on Paramount+!

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By Katey Clifford

If you're shopping for a die-hard Big Brother fan — or you ARE one yourself — these great products inspired by the long-running reality series are sure to please.

Stream all seasons of Big Brother on CBS All Access.

House Guest Bag

Black duffel bag with Big Brother logo

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Grab your big black duffel bag and get ready to head into none other than the Big Brother house. Or, you know, wherever your travels may take you. Pack up the spacious main compartment and grab onto the dual carry handles and you'll be ready for competitions, showmances, and almost anything that comes your way. But while packing, don't forget: Expect the unexpected.

Price: $59.99

Campfire 15 oz Mug

Red Big Brother Campfire Mug

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If you're a fan of the show, you've definitely seen your favorite houseguest sipping out of one of these ceramic campfire mugs. They're ultra cute and come in green, red, and blue so you can feel like you're sitting in the BB backyard chatting it up with the best of them.

Price: $22.95

Veto Necklace

Big Brother Veto Necklace

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Okay, so maybe you didn't win HOH. This time. But there's nothing wrong with flaunting a little bling to make all of your fellow houseguests sweat it out, like with this Power of Veto Necklace. Safety for the week AND getting to shake around the HOH's nominees? Maybe you hold more power than you think.

Price: $29.99

HOH Socks

Purple socks with Expect the Unexpected and HOH on the calf

If I'm wearing a fun pair of socks, you can bet I'm rolling up my pant leg to show them off to the world! Now you can rep your BB love wherever you go with these HOH socks in blue and purple that have the slogan "Expect the Unexpected" right on them.

HOH Luxury Embroidered Robe

Long red bathrobe with HOH embroidered on the front and back

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Start feeling like Cody Calafiore and hold all of the power in YOUR house when you put on this embroidered Head of Household robe. There's nothing better than a week of safety from nominations, so why not do it while staying in comfy, plush style? Plus, it comes in red and tan.

Looking for a more lightweight robe? There's a cute waffle robe option too!

Price: $89.95 (Plush), $69.95 (Waffle)

Expect the Unexpected Personalized Baby Bodysuit

Baby bodysuit with an expect the unexpected graphic

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Is it a boy, or a girl? Expect the unexpected! And swaddle your 6-to-24-month-old in this adorable Big Brother bodysuit. It comes in pink and white, and you can even personalize the Head of Household graphic to have your baby's name on it.

Price: $21.95

Big Brother Logo Lightweight Hooded Sweatshirt

Lightweight Hooded Sweatshirt with Big Brother logo

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We love this cotton blend sweatshirt with the Big Brother logo proudly displayed across the chest. It's great for any cool night you want to show off some BB love. Available in royal blue, oatmeal and black.

Price: $37.95

All-Stars Logo Slop Bowl

Big Brother All Stars Logo Slop Bowl filled with ice cream

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In the Big Brother house you just have to ride the highs and lows of the game. One of the lows just happens to be losing the Have Not competition and landing yourself on a slop diet. Yuck. Luckily, you don't have to endure the same with this Slop Bowl. Pop your favorite ice cream in for a sweet treat instead. Available with red, green or blue logo.

Price: $24.95

Zingbot 3000 Adult Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Blue Adult Short Sleeve T-Shirt with Zingbot 3000 graphic

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Ziiiiiiiiiing! You can now rock everyone's favorite robot Zingbot 3000 on a short sleeve T-shirt. But maybe leave the zings to the metallic pro. You wouldn't want to ruffle any feathers with your friends.

Price: $20.95

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By Nate Millado

You've likely been watching a ton of television under quarantine. But if you've just finished binging your favorite shows, we've got some related recommendations (thanks, CBS All Access!). So whether you're into action, romance, reality, or adventure, the streaming service is sure to have your next great obsession.

If You Liked Beauty And The Beast…

Eka Darville as Beau Natalie Alyn Lind as Ashley

Eka Darville and Natalie Alyn Lind in Tell Me A Story.

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You'll love Tell Me A Story.

Once upon a time, there lived a beauty and a beast in an enchanted land. Only in CBS' 1987 fantasy-romance, the "beauty" was assistant district attorney Catherine (Linda Hamilton), the noble "man-beast" was feline-faced Vincent (Ron Perlman, rocking an '80s hair-metal mane), and the "enchanted land" was Manhattan.

Just like Beauty and the Beast, Tell Me A Story reimagines beloved fairy tales as dark and twisted psychological thrillers. The 10-episode second season of this serialized drama spins the stories of Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella into a tale like no other. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season reimagines The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.

So if you've blown through all three seasons of Beauty and the Beast, check out this modern-day retelling.

Stream all episodes of Tell Me A Story on CBS All Access. Season 1 also airs now on The CW.

If You Liked The Amazing Race…

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Michael James Shaw, Sofia Pernas, and Matt Barr in Blood & Treasure.

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You'll love Blood & Treasure.

If you're a fan of the Phil Keoghan–hosted reality competition, then you know the gist: Teams of two race around the world for a shot at a million dollars.

While you wait for Season 32 of The Amazing Race to kick off this fall, why not give another globe-trotting adventure a gander? Like TAR, Blood & Treasure boasts exotic locales and nail-biting suspense, centered on the dynamic duo of a brilliant antiquities expert (Matt Barr) and a cunning art thief (Sofia Pernas).

Blood & Treasure streams on CBS All Access.

If You Liked The Good Wife…

Audra McDonald as Liz Reddick and Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight

Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski in The Good Fight.

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You'll love The Good Fight.

In a way, The Good Wife was about starting over: Alicia Florrick (Emmy winner Julianna Marguiles) returned to law after a very public sex-and-corruption scandal involving her politician husband.

And so is its spinoff, The Good Fight. After an enormous financial scam wipes out her savings, Diane Lockhart (the inimitable Christine Baranski) is forced to move to a new firm, where she joins forces with former employee Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). The two legal dramas share the same DNA: Both were created by husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King, and feature pitch-perfect writing, directing, acting—and fashion!

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

If You Liked Elementary…

Lucy Liu as Simone

Lucy Liu as Simone in Why Women Kill.

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You'll love Why Women Kill.

Technically, these two shows couldn't be any more different: Elementary reinvented the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories as a New York City–set procedural drama, while Why Women Kill is a time-hopping (and bed-hopping) soap. But both tap into the wide-ranging talent of Lucy Liu—as the gender-swapped no-nonsense Watson in the former, and as '80s socialite Simone in the latter.

Why Women Kill streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

If You Liked Survivor: Winners At War…

The 16 returning houseguests of Big Brother All Stars

The 16 returning houseguests of Big Brother: All-Stars.

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You'll love Big Brother: All-Stars.

Like Survivor, Big Brother is also celebrating its 20th anniversary—and what better way to mark the milestone than with another all-stars edition!

Survivor: Winners At War united the most memorable, heroic, and celebrated champs from the past two decades. The gameplay on an all-star season is just next-level. So if you're into epic comps, shocking blindsides, and a masterclass in strategy, you won't want to miss the champs, the runners-up, and the best to never win the game battling for glory in the BB house.

This week, watch all-new episodes of Big Brother: All-Stars on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Plus, drop in on the Houseguests 24/7 with the BB Live Feeds—exclusively available on CBS All Access.

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