Renewed and returning: “StarTalk,” “Nightwatch”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for National Geographic Channel's Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted talk show StarTalk, A&E's Nightwatch and E!'s WAGS. (Pictured: Neil deGrasse Tyson)
October 9, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are in store for series on National Geographic Channel, A&E, WE tv, E!, truTV and Canada’s W Network.

National Geographic Channel is bringing COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey host Neil deGrasse Tyson (pictured) back for another round of the Emmy Award-nominated series StarTalk. The Curved Light Productions- and National Geographic Studios-produced talk show is based on Tyson’s titular podcast and combines pop culture with science while bringing together comedians and celebrities to discuss a range of topics. Guests this season – which kicks off on October 25 at 11 p.m. EST/PST – include Bill Clinton, Gina McCarthy, Susan Sarandon and Seth MacFarlane.

Elsewhere, A&E has signed on for fall seasons of its crime slate. The long-running The First 48 is back for its 15th season on November 5 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, while Nightwatch returns for its second season at 10 p.m. EST/PST that evening. The former program – produced by ITV Studios America – follows homicide detectives from around the U.S. as they experience the first 48 hours of a murder investigation. The latter series is produced by Wolf Reality and 44 Blue Productions and tracks New Orleans police officers, EMTs and firefighters responding to emergencies around the city.

Over at WE tv, David Tutera’s CELEBrations is back on October 30 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Pilgrim Studios-produced show follows the celebrity wedding planner as he covers events for various high-profile clients. This season features such stars as Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Kim Coles and Ian Ziering.

E! has ordered a second season of its reality series WAGS. The Machete Productions’ program – titled as such for the acronym ‘Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars ‘ – centers on the partners of professional athletes. The finale of the freshman season aired on Tuesday (October 6). The new season is slated to air next year.

Meanwhile, truTV has signed up for a fifth season of the NorthSouth Productions-made Impractical Jokers. The 26-episode order will again find the four jokers performing extreme dares on an unsuspecting public while using hidden cameras. The show’s principals – also known as the comedy troupe ‘The Tenderloins’ – will be taking part in a fan cruise travelling from Miami to Mexico in January.

Finally, over in Canada, Corus Entertainment-owned W Network has renewed its home renovation series Masters of Flip for a second season. The original series – which was part of the network’s self-distributed slate at MIPCOM this past week – follows husband-and-wife team and house-flipping experts Kortney and Dave Wilson as they give facelifts to run-down homes. Scripps Networks Interactive picked up the U.S. broadcast rights to the series in a sale ahead of the market. Season two of Masters of Flip is to air on W Network next spring.

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