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Fox Nation unveils long-form programming; History expands nonfiction offering

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

Traditional TV

* British Broadcasting Corp.'s BBC Studios Los Angeles and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s Lions Gate Television Inc. teamed up to create and co-fund original programming and scripted format for the U.S. market, according to an Oct. 12 news release.

* HBO (US) said Oct. 12 that American anthology crime drama television series "True Detective" will return for an eight-episode third season Jan. 13, 2019, exclusively on HBO.

* Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon (US) entered into a first-look deal with actor and comedian Kevin Hart and his production company HartBeat Productions, the company said Oct. 11. Hart, through HartBeat, will develop and produce live-action, scripted kids content for the network.

* HBO on Oct. 11 said comedy series "Sally4Ever" will begin its seven-episode season Nov. 11. The show is about Sally, who is about to marry David, her meek boyfriend of 10 years, when she encounters the charismatic Emma. The two fall into a romantic relationship, but what starts out as an exciting and sexy fling takes an unexpected turn when Emma reveals herself to be a nightmare.

* The PGA of America, CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN Inc. struck an 11-year multimedia agreement for the television, digital and over-the-top rights to the PGA. The deal will provide live full-field, 72-hole coverage of the championship, beginning in 2020, according to an Oct. 10 news release. CBS (US), ESPN (US) and ESPN+ will deliver more than 175 cumulative hours of live coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

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"True Detective"
Source: HBO

* Meredith Corp. is expanding its programming slate, including new shows for Facebook Inc.-owned Instagram Inc. Live and longer hours of live programming for its PeopleTV brand, the company said Oct. 10. PeopleTV will extend the People NOW and Chatter franchises, improve red carpet event coverage and cover more live entertainment events.

* FX Network (US) renewed Australian crime drama series "Mr Inbetween" for a second season, according to an Oct. 10 news release. The show revolves around criminal for hire Ray Shoesmith as he tries to juggle between multiple roles as a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend. The second season will air in 2019, broadcasting simultaneously on FX in the U.S. and Foxtel in Australia.

* The CW (US) ordered new seasons of comedy improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," magic competition series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," and magic show "Masters of Illusion," Variety reported Oct. 9.

* Comcast Corp.'s NBC (US) ordered "Songland," a new music competition seeking to discover the greatest songwriters in the world, Variety reported Oct. 9.

* History (US) expanded its nonfiction programming lineup with six renewals and five new series orders. The network renewed "The Curse of Oak Island," for a sixth season and "The Curse of Civil War Gold" for a second season, as well as new seasons of "Truck Night in America," "Alone," "Mountain Men" and "Swamp People." The network has ordered new series "Yamashita's Gold," "American Butcher," "Ax Men Reborn," all under working titles, alongside "Brothers in Arms" and "Knight Fight." "Brothers in Arms," which will premiere Nov. 20, focuses on two Army veterans who are experts at historical military weaponry. "Knight Fight," set to premiere Nov. 28, is a competition series where modern-day warriors battle using era-specific weaponry and armor.


* Viacom-backed entertainment company launched a new original series " Challenge Squad," according to an Oct. 11 news release. The company also announced the creation and launch of "mishmashes," which features viral hits and "best of" clips from's library of popular videos for kids across the globe. The company is also producing a sixth new series called " Digital Superstars," which brings together viral videos and popular kids clips from all of's YouTube creator partners and the company's own Challenge Squad YouTube channel. YouTube is a unit of Alphabet Inc.-owned Google LLC.

* Netflix Inc. picked up rights to a new family action adventure film, currently titled "John Henry and The Statesmen." The film will be directed by Jake Kasdan and actor Dwayne Johnson, who will also serve as a producer on the film in addition to starring as John Henry, the company said Oct. 9.

* Netflix will premiere six original productions from Colombia throughout 2018 and 2019. The lineup includes "Historia de un crimen: Colmenares," two new stand-up comedy specials from Liss Pereira and Ricardo Quevedo, "Wild District" and "Always a Witch," the company said Oct. 9.

* 21st Century Fox Inc.'s Fox Nation streaming service on Oct. 9 revealed its lineup of long-form programming, which includes documentaries, investigative series and patriotic specials. FOX Nation's investigative and historic programming will include: "Borked," which showcases the epic 1987 battle for control of the U.S. Supreme Court when Judge Robert Bork's name entered the dictionary as a verb – meaning "to systematically and savagely defame and vilify your opponent"; "Gregg Jarrett: The Russia Hoax," which provides an in-depth analysis of the FBI investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia; and "What Made America Great," which reveals the hidden history and ongoing controversies behind some of America's most iconic locations such as The Alamo, Fraunces Tavern, Fort Jefferson and Mount Rushmore.

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"Mr. Inbetween"
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* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant said it will stream original series "Selection Day" globally on Dec. 28. Based on Aravind Adiga's novel of the same name, the series is a coming-of-age drama about two brothers who are raised by their strict, obsessive father to be star cricket players in India, the company said Oct. 9.

* Netflix will adapt British unscripted series "The Circle" with three local versions featuring players from three different countries, including the U.S. The social media competition series was created by All3Media Ltd.'s Studio Lambert and recently co-produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group for the U.K.'s Channel 4, the company said Oct. 8.

* Netflix on Oct. 4 said it struck a multiyear series overall deal with showrunner and writer Eric Newman. The deal is in addition to Newman's previously announced Netflix feature film overall deal via Screen Arcade.

* Netflix on Oct. 4 said it acquired rights to Blake Crouch's book "Recursion" for a feature film and a television universe. To be published on June 11, 2019, "Recursion" is a sci-fi thriller, romance and police procedural that explores what happens when a brilliant female scientist invents a technology that allows people not just to reactivate their most visceral memories but to reinvent them entirely.

* Netflix on Oct. 4 said it launched original docuseries, "Medal of Honor," to celebrate eight men who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor. The episodes of the docuseries will cover World War II, Afghanistan, The Korean War, and Vietnam.

* Netflix picked up a new adult animation series called "Hoops." The series, featuring 10 episodes, is about a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks turning around his terrible team will take him to the "big leagues," the company said Oct. 3.

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