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


* Disney Channel (US) greenlighted the sophomore season of "Raven's Home," the network said Oct. 10. The series has Raven-Symoné reprising her role as Raven Baxter from comedy "That's So Raven."

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"Top Wing"
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* New animated preschool series "Top Wing" will debut on Nickelodeon (US) on Nov. 6. The show follows a team of young birds who work together to help their community, go on adventures and earn their wings as rescue birds, according to an Oct. 10 news release.

* AT&T Inc.'s AUDIENCE Network renewed "Mr. Mercedes" for a second season, as per an Oct. 10 press release. The production for the series is scheduled to start in February 2018. The new season, which will premiere later in 2018, is based on the works of Stephen King.

* The second season of "Street Science" will debut on Science (US) on Nov. 15. The new season will have 14 half-hour episodes. The show has Kevin Delaney building and executing the science behind larger-than-life experiments, the network said Oct. 10.

* Great American Country (US) renewed "Going RV" and "Living Alaska," the network said Oct. 10. "Going RV" follows families who try to find a motorhome to take on the road, while "Living Alaska" portrays what living in the remote Alaskan wilderness is like.

* Discovery Channel (US) will debut the new season of "Homestead Rescue" on Nov. 8. The show has the Raney family helping struggling families learn new bush craft skills, protect their livestock, grow food and face various challenges while living in the wilderness, the network said Oct. 10.

* Cinemax (US) disclosed its original programming lineup for 2018. "Strike Back" will return for its fifth season on Feb. 2, 2018. Original six-part thriller "Rellik," debuting on the network April 13, 2018, stars Richard Dormer as an obsessive and disfigured U.K. police detective and Jodi Balfour as his bright and intense partner. Drama series "C.B. Strike," based on crime novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will premiere in June 2018, and "Outcast" will return for its sophomore season in July 2018.

* Animated series "Elena of Avalor" will return to Disney Channel and Disney Junior (US) for its sophomore season Oct. 14. The new season has Elena taking on more responsibility as a leader, with Rosie Perez, Mario Lopez, Diane Guerrero featuring as the guest voice cast, according to an Oct. 9 news release.

* "Iron Chef Showdown" will debut on Food Network (US) on Nov. 8. The show is hosted by Alton Brown, with each episode featuring two up-and-coming competitors against each other, the network said Oct. 9.

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"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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* "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will return for its fifth season on ABC (US) with a special two-hour premiere on Dec. 1. The show was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, as per an Oct. 7 news release.

* HGTV (US) greenlighted new series "Windy City Flip," the network said Oct. 6. The show follows Alison Victoria as she buys old homes in Chicago and then renovates them to sell them.

* Horror-comedy "Ash vs Evil Dead" will return to Starz (US) for its third season on Feb. 25, 2018. The 10-episode third season finds Ash's status changed from a murderous urban legend to a hometown hero, the network said Oct. 5.

* DIY Network (US) ordered 30 new episodes of "Pool Kings," the network said Oct. 5. The series features a team of pool craftsmen transforming ordinary backyards with the help of high-end pools and spas.

* Season five of History (US)'s "The Curse of Oak Island" will debut on the network Nov. 7. The series features brothers Rick and Marty Lagina who are hunting for a cache of valuables in the famed Money Pit, a 160-foot deep hole first discovered by three teenage boys in the late 18th century, according to an Oct. 4 press release.

* The eight-episode sophomore season of "Secrets of the Underground" will debut on Science Channel on Oct. 28. The season will be hosted by Rob Nelson and Stefan Burns, who will together dig deep into some legends including Atlantis, the Lost Temple of Jerusalem and the buried master plans of Nikola Tesla, the network said Oct. 4.

* Starz ordered straight-to-series six episodes of the drama "Sweetbitter," the company said Oct. 4. The series, based on the eponymous novel by Stephanie Danler, is about a 22-year-old who moves to New York City and finds a job at a famous restaurant where she discovers the world of drugs, alcohol, dive bars and fine dining.

* ABC gave a full-season order to new drama "The Good Doctor," the network said Oct. 3. The show follows Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome.


* Apple Inc. teamed up with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and NBCUniversal Media LLC's TV production arm to create 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories," The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 10. The horror anthology series was created by Spielberg and ran on NBC (US) in the 1980s.

* "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" will debut exclusively on Inc.'s Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 29. The series is written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Rachel Brosnahan as a 1958 New York City woman whose life takes an unexpected turn and she finds herself entering the world of stand-up comedy, the company said Oct. 10.

* Netflix Inc. ordered a 10-episode season of science fiction drama "Raising Dion," the company said Oct. 5. The show is based on a short film about an African-American single woman who finds out her son has multiple, constantly changing abilities.

* New original series "Dark" will debut globally on Netflix on Dec. 1. The show is set in a present-day German down where the disappearance of two children brings the double lives and fractured relationships between four families to light, the company said Oct. 4.

* Discovery Communications Inc. partnered with Alphabet Inc.'s Google Inc. to debut a new immersive series from Discovery VR and Google's VR team, "Discovery TRVLR." The first edition of a seven-part, 38-episode series will premiere Nov. 3 exclusively on YouTube, and on the Discovery VR app, according to an Oct 4 press release.