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


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"World's Fastest Gamer"

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* Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. signed a television deal with writer-producer Jenny Bicks to develop and produce original television series, the company said Aug. 16. Bicks' prior TV credits including writing/producing for HBO (US)'s "Sex and the City" and Showtime (US)'s "The Big C." She's currently working on HBO's "Divorce."

* The first season of "World's Fastest Gamer," a show about finding top racing talent in esports, will debut Aug. 25 on ESPN2 (US) and streaming on the ESPN app, between live practice 3 and live qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix, according to a news release. The four-episode season was collaboratively produced by ESPN and Millennial Esports Corp. Each episode will re-air throughout the remainder of 2018 and leading into the 2019 season.

* USA (US) ordered 14 additional episodes of "Miz & Mrs.," a new reality series produced by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and Bunim/Murray Productions, to air in 2019, according to an Aug. 14 news release. The show stars married WWE stars Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Maryse Mizanin.

* Discovery Inc.'s Food Network (US) is premiering new prime-time series "Big Food Truck Tip" with back-to-back episodes Sept. 19, the company said Aug. 13. The six-episode show features chef Andrew Zimmern as he travels the U.S. in search of the most passionate food truck entrepreneurs.

* "Bite Club," another new six-episode competition series by Food Network, will premiere Sept. 6, the company said Aug. 9. The show, hosted by Tyler Florence, features local chefs competing head-to-head to see who will reign as hometown champ in foodie towns around the U.S.

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"Anne with an E"
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* Netflix Inc. on Aug. 15 said 10-episode Colombian action series "Wild District" will premiere Oct. 19 in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The show follows a guerrilla fighter trying to reconnect with his family and reintegrate with society after he leaves the jungle following a peace agreement.

* McClatchy Co.'s documentary production unit McClatchy Studios unveiled its first fall programming lineup with shows about politicians, troubled teens and veterans, the company said Aug. 15. "Ground Game: Texas" will focus on Democrat Beto O'Rourke's attempt to unseat incumbent U.S. Republican Senator Ted Cruz; "Titletown, TX 3: All We Got" is about troubled teenagers given a chance at mentorship through football; and "The War Within" follows retired veterans attempting to help others. The shows will stream on Facebook Watch, McClatchy news websites and other streaming services in the fall.

* Netflix and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. have renewed Northwood Entertainment's "Anne with an E" for a third season, according to an Aug. 15 news release. The show is inspired by the Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

*Netflix is adding two new global series to its motor programming and is renewing competition show "Fastest Car," the company said Aug. 14. New series "Car Masters: Rust to Riches" features Mark Towle and his team at Gotham Garage, who renovate old cars, while "Hyperdrive" is a high-stakes tournament series about drivers competing on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed.

* Netflix and subsidiary Millarworld Ltd. announced the streaming giant's second comic book franchise "Prodigy" from Mark Millar, the company said Aug. 13. Award-winning comic book artist Rafael Albuquerque will illustrate the series, which will be available online and in comic book stores Dec. 5.

* Netflix announced Aug. 10 an eight-episode, scripted comedy series "Living with Yourself" starring Paul Rudd. The show will focus on a man struggling with his life who undergoes treatment to become a better person, only to discover he's been replaced by an improved version of himself.

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