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The Program Guide highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms in the U.S.

Traditional TV

* British-American historical drama series "Gentleman Jack" has been renewed for a second season, HBO (US) said May May 23. The HBO/BBC series made its debut in April.

* CNN (US) will air an hourlong show featuring comedian Colin Quinn on Memorial Day, Variety reported May 23. Quinn will perform a version of his recent Off-Broadway show "Red State Blue State." This will be the first comedy special on the network, according to the report.

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"Sydney to the Max"
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* "Sydney to the Max" will return to Disney Channel (US) for a second season, Variety reported May 23. The date of return was not revealed but production for the season will begin this summer, according to the report. The series is set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s and follows outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds, who lives with her single dad Max in the house where he grew up, along with her progressive grandmother Judy.

* 21st Century Fox Inc.'s on-demand streaming service FOX Nation will roll out a new slate of programming, including new shows with FOX News Channel (US) contributors Tyrus, Kat Timpf, Tammy Bruce and Lawrence Jones according to a May 23 news release.

* Just over a month after leaving as co-host of CBS (US)'s "The Talk," Sara Gilbert partnered with producer Tom Werner to create a production company, Sara + Tom, Variety reported May 21. The duo have reportedly tapped Mandy Summers to lead development and production at the studio.

* Daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has been renewed for three more years, CNN reported May 22. The comedian also tweeted the news to end rumors about the show ending. According to Variety, the show is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

* Inc.'s Amazon Studios returned the domestic rights to Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York" back to the filmmaker, Variety reported May 20. Amazon Studios was earlier reported to be holding "serious conversations" about ending its movie deal with Allen amid sexual harassment allegations against the director and producer.

* Viacom Inc.'s internet-based, ad-supported video unit Pluto Inc. has added The Young Turks Network to its lineup of programming, Multichannel News reported May 20. The Young Turks Network, a news and opinion channel, will part of the news portion of Pluto TV's live program guide.

* Comedy Central (US)'s educational program "Drunk History" is set to return June 18 with eight new episodes for season six, Broadcasting Cable reported May 20. Guest stars for the show this season include Emily Deschanel, Sophia Bush, Elijah Wood and Aubrey Plaza.

* The new season of "Man v. Food" will return to Cooking Channel (US) on July 2, Broadcasting Cable reported May 20. The show follows Casey Webb who tries to win food challenges across the U.S. Adam Richman hosted the original "Man v. Food," which premiered on Travel Channel (US) in 2008 and lasted for four seasons. Webb began hosting the show in 2017, according to the report.

* IFC Films LLC is planning to launch a subscription video-on-demand channel, Variety reported May 16. IFC Films Unlimited, which will include titles such as "Y Tu Mamá También," "The Trip," "Two Days, One Night," "45 Years" and "The Babadook," will initially launch on Amazon Prime Video Channels for $5.99 a month.

* AMC Networks Inc. greenlighted an original episodic anthology drama, which will be executive produced by Will Bridges and Brett Goldstein, according to a May 16 news release. The untitled project will consist of six, hourlong episodes and is slated for a 2020 debut on AMC (US).


* Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen will star in the courtroom show "Chrissy's Court" on Quibi, Hollywood Reporter reported May 23. Teigen will adjudicate real small-claims cases in the show, according to the report. Quibi is a mobile video service created by former Walt Disney Co. Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and is slated to launch in April 2020.

* Hulu LLC has ordered 13 episodes of "The Bravest Knight," an animated kids series based on Daniel Errico's children's book "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived." The show will premiere on the streaming platform on June 21, according to a May 22 news release.

* The fifth season of "Black Mirror" streams June 5 on Netflix Inc. with three new episodes, Hollywood Reported reported May 21. Singer Miley Cyrus will star alongside Angourie Rice and Madison Davenport in the sci-fi thriller anthology.

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"The Chef Show"
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* Actor Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi are reuniting for a new Netflix series "The Chef Show," Broadcasting Cable reported May 20. Some of the guests in the cooking show include Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr. and David Chang.

* Hulu has bought U.S. rights to "Untouchable," a feature documentary about disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein, Variety reported May 19. The film, directed by Ursula Macfarlane, premiered at Sundance.

* Amazon has pulled the plug on "The Tick" after two seasons, series creator Ben Edlund tweeted May 16. Edlund said he will try to find a new home for the series.

* Netflix will premiere comedy series "It's Bruno" on May 17. Also, 25/7 Productions, Flavor Unit Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment tapped the series' director Solvan "Slick" Naim to direct and co-write a hip-hop musical feature film in development at Netflix, according to a May 16 news release. The film is described as a contemporary musical take on Romeo and Juliet set against the urban rhythms of New York.