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Renewed and returning: “Brain Games,” “Go Back”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on National Geographic Channel, HGTV, Esquire Network and Australia's SBS. (Pictured: Go Back to Where You Came From)
June 19, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on National Geographic Channel, HGTV, Esquire Network and Australia’s SBS.

U.S. net National Geographic Channel is bringing back Brain Games for a two-night premiere event on June 28 and June 29, starting at 9 p.m. EST/PST on both evenings. The six new episodes will find host Jason Silva exploring the streets of New York and Las Vegas conducting social experiments that “reveal the mysteries of the human mind,” and joined by experts across the fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology.

Four episodes will air back-to-back on Sunday, followed by two episodes on Monday. Brain Games is produced by National Geographic Television.

Elsewhere, HGTV has ordered a seventh season of competition series Flea Market Flip. Presented by former Good Morning America host Lara Spencer, the series pits two teams of flea market enthusiasts against each other to locate, refurbish and flip projects in order to win a US$5,000 cash prize. The net has ordered a 14 x 30-minute order of the BancaStudio-produced series.

Meanwhile, Esquire Network is to bring back Car Matchmaker for a second season on June 24 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Rakieten Entertainment-made series finds host Spike Feresten partner various cars with prospective buyers. Special guests on the forthcoming season include comedian Jay Larson, Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones and Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey.

Finally, in Australia, SBS is bringing back its award-winning series Go Back to Where You Came From (pictured) on July 28 at 8:30 p.m. GMT. The CJZ-produced show returns to the air after three years, and will be a special television event screening across three nights from July 28 to July 30.

The series finds six Australians asked to challenge their strongly held beliefs about refugees and asylum seekers by visiting some the world’s most dangerous locations and retracing the steps of those seeking asylum.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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