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IDW Entertainment developing comic 'Locke & Key' into TV series; Amazon reveals name of new motoring show

The Program Guide highlights recentprogramming announcements from various networks and online video platforms.

On TV& OTT

* 's much anticipatedmotoring show featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be "The Grand Tour."The "Top Gear" rival is set to launch this fall for Amazon Prime membersand will be in the form of a world tour. The show, which will feature short filmsshot in different locations around the world, will offer Amazon customers in thoselocations tickets to attend the show. The company said May 11 that it will announcethe details of the schedule soon.

* will premiere the second installment of "In the Line of Fire" on May 15.The network said may10 that it will celebrate National Police Week by showcasing a special that willexplore stories from officers on the frontline across the U.S.

* will televise the2016 NBA Draft Combine, the network saidMay 10. The draft combine will be aired May 12-13 and Caron Butler, two-time NBAall-star, will serve as a guest analyst.

* said May 10 that itsnew series spinoff "Total Bellas" will debut on E! (US) in Fall 2016. The sixth season of "TotalDivas" will also be aired on E!.

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"Locke & Key"

Source: IDW Publishing

* IDWEntertainment said May9 that it is developing "Locke & Key" as a TV series. The pilot willbe written by Joe Hill, who will also be the executive producer. Hill is the creator/authorof the fantasy comic that debuted in 2008.

* 's LatinAmerican division will produce 60 hour-long episodes of a historical drama series,"El Comandante," Variety reportedMay 9. The series will depict the life of Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president.The principal photography for the series will start in summer, with the projectedairdate sometime in 2017.

* May 9 that it has partnered with Alexisand Fido who will sing "Si no Tiene El Swing," a song that ESPN will incorporateinto many of its MLB production elements throughout the 2016 MLB season. ESPN isjointly owned by Walt Disney Co.and Hearst Corp.

* Seasonthree of "Bert the Conqueror" will premiere June 7 with back-to-back episodeson Travel Channel (US).The third season will have 14 episodes accordingto the network.

* 's networkVelocity has renewed "Unique Rides" for its second season. The show ishosted by Will Castro and his crew which builds cars for car-loving celebrities.

* ordered a new series produced by Sylvester Stallone and DaveBroome. The 10-episode show, "Ultimate Beastmaster," is a global competitionseries that will roll out in six customized versions featuring local languages,competitors and hosts from the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan.The show features competitors from multiple countries running an obstacle coursecalled The Beast, with each out to win the "Ultimate Beastmaster" title.

* the lineup for season fiveof "The Half Hour" on May 9. The stand-up comedy series will be filming17 episodes. Comedians featured this season include Ahmed Bharoocha, Naomi Ekperigin,Noah Gardenswartz, Emily Heller, Martha Kelly, Aparna Nancherla, Jacqueline Novak,Ali Siddiq and Nick Turner.

* VarietyreportedMay 6 that Kiefer Sutherland is returning to television on ABC (US)'s "Designated Survivor." The serieshas been picked up by ABC with an initial order of 13 episodes, according to thereport.

* has renewed "CriminalMinds" for its 12th season, VarietyreportedMay 6. The show is co-produced by ABC Studios and has been ordered for a full season,though no specific episode count was given.

* 's NBC Sports May 6 that "The KentuckyDerby" would be broadcast live in VR. The 142nd running of "The KentuckyDerby" was aired May 7.

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"Castle"

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* NathanFillion has agreed to return to the long-running police procedural "Castle"if it is renewed for Season 9, Varietyreported May 5. "Castle" airs on ABC, and it is rumored that it has agood shot to be renewed for its ninth season. Nathan Fillion plays the protagonist,Richard Castle, in the series.

* has cast Eden Brolinin its drama series "Beyond." According to the May 5 , "Beyond" is setto premiere on the network early 2017. The one-hour drama is about a man who wakesup from a coma after 12 years and has to piece together what happened while he wasin the coma.

* Netflixhas ordered a new comedy series, "Dear White People," based on JustinSimien's indie film of the same name. According to the May 5 , the 10-episode series producedby Lions Gate is set among a group of students of color in a fictional predominantlywhite Ivy League campus.

* has given thego ahead to a new series "Feud." According to a May 5 Variety report,Ryan Murphy will produce the series which will center around different battles betweenvarious film stars during their career. The eight-episode series will start withan episode chronicling the feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, with JessicaLange portraying Crawford and Susan Sarandon playing Davis. The series will debutin 2017 on the network.

* ABCwill air a special five-night event series of "500 Questions" on May 26.The network said on May4 that the show will be broadcast in HD format.

* ABC's"BattleBots" is returning for its second season June 23. The network May 4 that it will air a special,"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" on May 10.

* has ordered a new dramedywhich will be aired in the 2017-2018 season. According to the May 4 , the series will have 13 episodesand Seth MacFarlane will be the creator and executive producer.

* will broadcast the finaleof the 41st season of "Saturday Night Live" on May 21. According to theMay 4 press release, former cast member Fred Armisen is set to return as a hostfor the season finale. "Saturday Night Live" is a comedy sketch show thatis shot live in front of a studio audience.