“Brain Games” Reboot Among National Geographic’s Programming Lineup

National Geographic has unveiled their programming lineup for the 2019-2020 season and it includes a reboot of the mind-melting series Brain Games, according to The Wrap.

  • The Brain Games reboot will be hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and will feature some other famous faces, including:
    • Kristen Bell (Frozen)
    • Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess)
    • Drew Brees (quarterback, New Orleans Saints)
    • Rebel Wilson (The Hustle)
    • Anthony Anderson (Blackish)
  • National Geographic offers the following description of the series:
    • This fall, a reimagined Brain Games adds a Hollywood twist to the classic mind-bending format. Shot in front of a live studio audience, Brain Games challenges some of the world’s biggest celebrities to realize their special brain power through fun and highly entertaining interactive games, illusions and social experiments that will reveal the “why” behind the “wow.” The in-studio audience and the viewers at home can play along, comparing their mental abilities against those of the A-listers. Join in on the fun as Brain Games reveals the incredible science of what makes our brains tick!
  • Brain Games is executive produced by Toby Gorman, Casey Kriley, James Rowley and Lauren Williams for Magical Elves, and Dan Cutforth for Alfred Street Industries.
  • The eight-part series will premiere in December 2019.
  • In addition to Brain Games, National Geographic also announced several new series, including Race to the Center of the Earth from the producers of The Amazing Race and Bear Grylls’ Running Wild, which will feature Brie Larson and Armie Hammer as its first competitors.
  • Other new series will include:
    • Gordon Ramsay’s Uncharted
    • Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller
    • Lost Cities With Albert Lin
    • China’s Hidden Kingdoms
    • Alaska Live
    • Life Below Zero

What they’re saying:

  • National Geographic Global Television Networks president Courteney Monroe: “For the past three years, our focus has been on quality and distinctiveness above all else and on building the most creatively ambitious, most entertaining National Geographic television network in history. This year’s upfront slate continues that ambition with highly entertaining programming from the best creative talent in the business.”