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Global edition: Netflix orders 1st Arabic drama; HBO Europe forms 'Hackerville'

The Program Guide's global edition highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms around the world.


* Red Production Co. Ltd.'s "Trust Me" has been commissioned for a second season on BBC One (UK). The first season, which debuted on BBC One in August 2017, starred Jodie Whittaker. The second season will feature a new cast and storyline. The thriller follows Captain James McKay, the sole survivor of an enemy attack on tour in Syria, facing a new enemy as people around him die unexpectedly, the BBC said Feb. 23.

* Channel 4 (UK) said Feb. 23 that it greenlit "Riot Girls," a hidden-camera prank show fronted by Grace Campbell, Sophie Duker, Jen Wakefield and Cam Spence that will air later this year.

* Sony Pictures Television Inc. picked up international distribution rights to Canadian music format "The Launch," Variety reported Feb. 22. The Sony Corp. unit will also produce a U.K. version of the show through London production company Electric Ray. The format sees unsigned artists auditioning for the chance to record and perform.

* UKTV Media said Feb. 22 that it ordered four more seasons of comedy game show "Taskmaster." The series, in its fifth run on UKTV-owned comedy and entertainment network Dave (UK), sees Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne test comedians through a set of challenges.

* BBC Worldwide Ltd. said Feb. 20 that it brokered a deal for South Korea to get its own version of drama series "Luther." The Korean treatment, which will produced by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) (KR), will premiere in late October on MBC. In addition to "Luther," local versions of BBC series "Mistresses" and "Life on Mars" are also set to premiere on South Korean screens this year.

* HBO Europe is embarking on its first international co-production with "Hackerville," an original six-part thriller about a network of hackers and the investigators tracking them down. Co-produced with German channel TNT Serie, "Hackerville" is planned for a fall premiere on HBO Europe and TNT Serie, according to a Feb. 16 announcement.

* Channel 4 said Feb. 16 that it commissioned an additional 10 episodes of dating series "Naked Attraction." The third season of the show, which is hosted by Anna Richardson, is produced by Studio Lambert.


* Netflix Inc. said Feb. 26 that it ordered its first Arabic original series, "Jinn," a contemporary supernatural teenage drama focused on young Arab characters. The show will feature Middle Eastern talent and will premiere globally in 2019.

* Inc. said Feb. 26 that it greenlit a second season of original anthology series "Lore," which explores real-life tales that give rise to modern-day myths and legends. The second season will feature new tales from Aaron Mahnke's podcast of the same name.

* Netflix announced three more Indian originals Feb. 23. "Leila" tells the story of a woman in search of a daughter she lost 16 years earlier, while "Ghoul" is a horror series based on Arabic folklore. Meanwhile, "Crocodile" is a young adult murder mystery thriller series set in the seaside state of Goa. The three titles will debut exclusively to Netflix members across 190 countries.

* In other Netflix news, the streaming giant is working with South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc. on a new original series tentatively titled "YG Future Strategy Office." The show, which will feature YG artists and other Korean pop groups, will launch this year.

* Amazon Studios said Feb. 21 that it is developing a fantasy drama series based on Consider Phlebas, late Scottish author Iain M. Banks's first sci-fi novel in his Culture sequence.

* Netflix said Feb. 20 that it has begun production for its first original Spanish documentary series, "The Alcàsser Murders," which will premiere globally in 2019. The four-episode documentary analyzes and investigates one of the most controversial crimes in Spanish history, a triple murder in 1992.

* Apple Inc.'s Apple Music renewed "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" for a second season, Variety reported Feb. 15.