Renewals: “Brother vs. Brother,” “Rat Rods”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for HGTV's Brother vs. Brother, Discovery's Vegas Rat Rods and Velocity's Junkyard Empire. (Pictured: Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott)
April 29, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on HGTV, Velocity, Discovery Channel U.S. and Canada, ABC and Sky.

The fourth season of Brother vs. Brother (pictured) returns to HGTV in June. The Scott Brothers Entertainment-produced series finds Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott going head to head in Las Vegas, and buying, renovating and selling a home with US$500,000 to spend. The six-part series premieres on June 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, U.S. net Velocity has signed on for a new season of Junkyard Empire. The Half Yard Productions-made program follows the activities of the Cohen Recycling junkyard, run by the father-son duo of Bobby and Andy Cohen. The show is back with another glimpse into the “hot-blooded professional lives” of the pair on May 4 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, Discovery Channel in both the U.S. and Canada have renewed Vegas Rat Rods for a third season. The Proper Television-produced program is back with a 10 x 60-minute episode order, and will once again link up with Steve Darnell and his team at Welderup Garage as they create spiffy new hot rods – or custom cars – from junkyard scraps.

The FremantleMedia North America-produced Match Game is coming back to primetime on ABC with actor Alec Baldwin signed on to host. The revived series is a panel game show that features two contestants trying to match the answers of six celebrities in a fill-in-the-blank game. The 10-episode series will air on June 26 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, over in the UK, Sky has commissioned STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment for a second series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours. In the new season, production teams will be given exclusive access to four Scottish prisons, including HMP Low Moss, HMP Barlinnie, HMP Greenock and HMP Edinburgh. The hit series looks at prisoners embarking on the first day of their jail sentence, and those experiencing their last 24 hours behind bars.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.