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National Geographic Channel Unveils Fall Schedule

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  • This fall National Geographic Channel presents an exclusive line-up, featuring mind-bending tricks, ultimate tests of survival and explosive event programming. Rounding out the channel’s most robust schedule to-date are returning fan-favourite series that viewers won’t want to miss.

    NGC kicks off the fall with the Canadian broadcast premiere of the sensational new series Brain Games. The series aired in the U.S. this spring, delivering 1.5 million viewers across back-to-back premiere episodes and setting a record as the highest rated series launch in channel history. Canadian viewers can join the fun every Tuesday as host Jason Silva sizes up the human brain using an intricate string of mind-boggling experiments, optical illusions, brainteasers and hard science. The series delves deep into topics from visual perception to sound, creativity, lying, attractiveness and persuasion. With man-on-the-street demonstrations and viewer participation through interactive brain-busters, Brain Games offers viewers a workout for the mind. The series premieres Tuesday, August 20 with back-to-back episodes.

    Beginning August 26, NGC is roughing it every Monday with Ultimate Survival Alaska. In this epic competition series, survival is the only prize. Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, eight of the toughest, most extreme survivalists Alaska has to offer will navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators and perilous weather conditions along the way. For those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that Mother Nature throws at them. Following Ultimate Survival Alaska, Doomsday Castle takes survival to the next level Mondays,  beginning August 26. In this new docu-series, NGC reenters the world of doomsday preppers by following Bren Bruns as he builds a castle to prepare for the apocalypse.

    On Tuesdays, beginning August 27, NGC’s most-watched series of the past year, Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, returns to the schedule with an expanded second season. The documentary series offers viewers a revealing look at life on the front lines of national security, following Canadian border services officers in Vancouver, Toronto and Southern Ontario Region border crossings in Fort Erie and Niagara as they intercept suspicious travelers and contraband from around the world in an effort to keep Canadians safe.

    Other returning series to the schedule include Wicked Tuna, airing Wednesdays, beginning August 28; Drugs Inc., airing Thursdays, beginning August 29; and Alaska State Troopers, airing Thursdays, beginning September 19.

    Later on in the fall, NGC brings star-studded event television to Canadians with Killing Kennedy, starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin, and American Blackout, a two-hour docu-drama that imagines the first two weeks immediately following a catastrophic blackout.

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