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


* Channel 4 (UK) said March 28 that it and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. ordered a third installment of the sci-fi drama "Humans." The series, which explores what happens when the line between human and machine becomes blurred, will return with eight new episodes in 2018.

* TF1 (FR) picked up two All3Media Ltd. series, TBI Vision reported March 28. The TXTV-produced four-part drama "Innocent" is about a man who is convicted of killing his wife but gets freed from prison, while the thriller "Liar" from Two Brothers Pictures follows a couple after a date that changes their lives. Both series will be on ITV in the U.K., while TF1 will air them later this year.

* Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing and Distribution sold the spy drama "Berlin Station" to a host of new markets, including a deal with HBO Nordic for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The contemporary series, which was recently renewed for a second season, was also licensed to Italy for TIMvision and to Spain for HBO España, Broadway World reported March 28.

* Armoza Formats announced March 28 that it signed its first deal with the U.K.'s Formatzone for the interactive game show "Who's Asking?" The studio-based format, which has been commissioned in the U.S. and is airing on Switzerland's RTS1, requires contestants to pick questions from faces on a screen.

* ITV Plc commissioned a three-part observational documentary series exploring the possible legalization of marijuana, Real Screen reported March 28. "Gone to Pot?" will be produced by Betty and follow a group of personalities on a road trip to explore the pros and cons of legalization, including meeting with people who have experienced marijuana's medical benefits and drawbacks.

* BBC Worldwide Ltd. scored two new deals for the Tuesday's Child format "You're Back in the Room," which will be adapted in Canada by Quebecor Content and in Slovakia by Markiza TV, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp. said March 27. The family game show, which has been licensed in seven other countries, has contestants trying to perform simple tasks while under hypnosis.

* The MTV reality formats "Ex on the Beach" and "Stranded With a Million Dollars" will see new local adaptations, Real Screen reported March 21. In Hungary, Sony's Viasat3 will begin airing its own version of "Ex on the Beach" later this year following a deal with Viacom International Media Networks. Meanwhile, the survival-based show "Stranded With a Million Dollars" will get its first international remakes after VIMN agreed to option deals for the format with Denmark's Metronome, Sweden's Meter and Chile's Chilevisión (CL).


* Inc.'s Prime Video service will premiere the original series "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" on April 7. The series based on the life of the founder of the iconic Playboy magazine will be available in more than 200 countries, the company said March 15.

* Netflix Inc. picked up the global rights to "The Other Side of the Wind," the last movie from filmmaker Orson Welles. The company announced March 14 that it will also finance completion and restoration of the film, which has remained unfinished for decades.