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


* Time Warner Inc.'s HBO (US) teamed up with new media company Axios Media Inc. for a limited documentary series of news-oriented specials. The series, which will be directed and produced by Matthew O'Neill and Perri Peltz, will debut on HBO this fall, according to an Aug. 8 news release. O'Neill and Peltz will work with Axios journalists to highlight the week ahead in politics, business and technology and the big topics shaping the future.

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"Million Dollar Mile"
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* Discovery Inc.'s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (US) on Aug. 8 said that it renewed for a fourth season Ava DuVernay's original drama series "Queen Sugar," from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, ahead of the extended 90-minute season three finale airing Aug. 22.

* CBS Corp.'s CBS (US) ordered 10 episodes of a competition series currently titled "Million Dollar Mile," which is set to have LeBron James as executive producer, Variety reported Aug. 7. Contestants will have the chance to win $1 million every time they run the "Million Dollar Mile," but standing in their way is a challenging course and a group of elite athletes whose mission is to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs.

* NBCUniversal LLC division Universal Cable Productions' "Slaughterhouse-Five" series is now in development at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s EPIX (US), Variety reported Aug. 7. The show is based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name and focuses on Billy Pilgrim, a World War II soldier who travels back and forth through his past, present and future.

* ION Media Networks Inc. said Aug. 7 that it struck a long-term content deal with NBCUniversal Television Distribution for broadcast rights to the drama "Chicago P.D."

* CBS' Showtime (US) President and CEO David Nevins said that "Homeland" is ending after eight seasons, Variety reported Aug. 6. Season 8 of the show will premiere in June 2019.

* "Real Time with Bill Maher" continued its 16th season on Aug. 3 exclusively on HBO, the company said Aug. 1. The show allows Maher to offer his perspective on contemporary issues.

* "Random Acts of Flyness" debuted its six-episode season on Aug. 3 exclusively on HBO. The show explores evergreen cultural idioms such as patriarchy, white supremacy and sensuality from a new, thought-provoking perspective. The show will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms.

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"The Clone Wars"

* HBO made a series order for the "The Time Traveler's Wife," to be adapted by U.K. writer-producer Steven Moffat, from the novel of the same name written by Audrey Niffenegger, the company said July 31. It tells of a love story between Clare and Henry, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time.


* Walt Disney Co.'s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger discussed programming plans for Disney's planned family-oriented streaming service, which will feature fare from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm Ltd. and ABC (US), during Disney's Aug. 7 earnings call. Iger told analysts that numerous original projects currently in production will be accessible via the streaming service's app, including the first live-action "Star Wars" series and fresh episodes of animated series "Star Wars Clone Wars." The company's "robust pipeline" for content will also yield original series based on such popular intellectual property as Disney Channel (US)'s "High School Musical" and Pixar's "Monsters Inc.," as well as Marvel content.

* Australian series "Safe Harbour" is debuting Aug. 24 in the U.S. as a Hulu LLC original series, according to an Aug. 6 news release.

* Netflix Inc. bought rights to "Life," a new South Korean original drama series written by Lee Su-yeon and directed by Hong Jong-chan and Lim Hyun-ook. The new medical drama series will tell a story about the people in a hospital who want to protect and save, according to an Aug. 2 news release.

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"The Silent Valley"
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* HBO Europe's original production "Aranyélet" (Golden Life) is now available to HBO subscribers on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and on partners' streaming platforms, according to a July 31 news release. The series is centered around the Miklósi family, who live a life of luxury in an elite suburb of Budapest. Another HBO Europe original production, "Valea Mutã" (The Silent Valley), is also now available to stream. The series follows Filip and Horia, two teenage boys who cover up their presence at the scene of a multiple murder.

* Netflix will premiere "Quincy," a new documentary about musician, record and film producer Quincy Jones, on Sept. 21. The movie will also have a limited theatrical release, the company said Aug. 1.

* In more Netflix news, a company spokesperson confirmed that Netflix will not stream Louis Farrakhan's documentary "My Life's Journey Through Music," Variety reported July 31. "Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not," the Netflix representative said.

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