In this week’s round-up, renewals are in order for CBS mainstay Big Brother, National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games (pictured) and Nat Geo Wild’s Monster Fish, while sophomore seasons are on the way for HGTV’s Cousins Undercover and Red Arrow International’s You Deserve It.
Returning for a 16th season is CBS’s Big Brother, which will be filmed in HD this season and has lined up a two-night premiere over June 25 and 26. Julie Chen will return as host for the series, which will feature 16 houseguests. Big Brother is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol USA.
Meanwhile, National Geographic Channel is bringing back “edutainment” series Brain Games this summer with 10 new episodes premiering July 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series – which sees the return of host Jason Silva – will focus on risk, language, addiction and food. Brain Games is produced by National Geographic Television (NGT) in association with Atomic Entertainment.
Nat Geo Wild has signed on for another season of Monster Fish, set to premiere on July 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. In the fifth season of the NGT-produced series, host Zeb Hogan will travel through the U.S., Australia, Asia, Nicaragua and South America in search of elusive freshwater megafish.
Elsewhere, HGTV has ordered a second season of home reno series Cousins Undercover, which will return on June 25 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The Jane Street Entertainment-produced series – in which cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino help deserving homeowners in need of serious renovations - will include two special episodes featuring families who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the spring.
Finally, Vietnamese broadcaster VTV3 has secured rights to a second season of game show You Deserve It, set to premiere later this month. The show, in which contestants play on behalf of a “deserving” individual, is produced by Red Arrow International.