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'Big Brother' renewed by CBS for two more seasons

Julie Chen hosts the 2011 season of "Big Brother" on CBS.
Julie Chen hosts the 2011 season of "Big Brother" on CBS. (Cliff Lipson / CBS)

CBS' "Big Brother" is going to keep watching for a while.

The summer reality series that isolates a group of people in a custom-made house as they are filmed 24 hours a day has been renewed for two more editions to be broadcast in the summers of 2015 and 2016.

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"Big Brother," which is hosted by Julie Chen, has been a solid ratings hit for the network during the summer months. The 90-minute finale of this season airs tonight, and one of the last three remaining houseguests will be awarded $500,000.

Last season the show attracted controversy because of racially insensitive and inflammatory remarks made by some of the participants. Caleb Reynolds, a contestant on this season's edition, reportedly made homophobic and racially inflamatory comments on social media before he entered the "Big Brother" house.

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