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Global edition: Netflix orders 1st Colombian series; Amazon adds Sundance films

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

On TV

* Fox Networks Group in the Nordics and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution struck a multiyear deal that will see a range of new shows debuting on FOX channels in Norway, Finland and Sweden, Variety reported Dec. 6. The new deal, which also covers enhanced non-linear rights, include new shows such as "The Gifted," "The Orville" and "Ghosted," as well as upcoming procedural drama "9-1-1."

* The British Broadcasting Corp. scored the U.K. rights for "Picnic at Hanging Rock," a re-imagining of the classic Joan Lindsay novel from FremantleMedia International, Variety reported Dec. 6. "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer leads the cast of the six-part TV adaptation. The FremantleMedia Australia production, which was produced for Australian pay TV platform Foxtel, will premiere in 2018.

* ITV Plc said Dec. 6 that it recommissioned the crime thriller "Dark Heart," starring Tom Riley, for six new episodes. Riley returns as DI Will Wagstaffe, a man haunted by the murder of his parents when he was 16 years old. Production will begin in spring 2018.

* Viacom Inc.'s Channel 5 (UK) secured a deal that will see NBC's "Will & Grace" return to British TV screens, Deadline reported Dec. 4. The latest installation of the series will make its exclusive U.K. premiere on Channel 5 on Jan. 5, 2018. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes are all reprising their roles in the exclusive 16-episode ninth season, as well as a 13-episode tenth season.

* India and the U.K. are partnering to co-produce a TV adaptation of "The Far Pavilions," a novel by British author M.M. Kaye. Production of the series, which will be spearheaded by Beautiful Bay Productions, is pegged to cost about US$150 million, according to a Dec. 4 report by World Screen.

Online

* Southeast Asian subscription video-on-demand service iflix provided details about the upcoming premiere of its first Malaysian original drama series. The six-part series, "KL Gangster: Underworld," will be produced by Skop Productions. It will be shot entirely in Malaysia and will premiere on iflix in mid-2018, according to a Dec. 5 announcement.

* Amazon.com Inc. picked up 15 films from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for its Prime Video service. The selected titles include historic genocide movie "500 Years," "Axolotl Overkill," "Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!" "Family Life," "Machines," "Manifesto" and "Plastic China," the company said Dec. 1.

* Netflix Inc. renewed "Stranger Things" for the third season, Variety reported Dec. 1. The series is based in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., where a secret government lab accidentally opens a door to another dimension referred to as the Upside Down.

* Modern Times Group-owned pay TV operator Viasat World Ltd. picked up two series from UK-based distributor Banijay Rights for its new Epic Drama platform which will be launched Dec. 14. SVT's family drama "The Restaurant" and high-end drama series "Versailles" will join the launch slate of Viasat's new channel and subscription video-on-demand service Epic Drama, according to a Nov. 23 announcement.

* Netflix will premiere its first Colombian original series exclusively in 2019. The eight-episode series, which will be shot in 4K, will follow a young detective and her partner deep into the Amazon as they investigate a series of bizarre murders, the company said Nov. 22. Production is scheduled to begin in summer 2018.

* In other Netflix news, the streaming giant placed an order of its first Belgian/Dutch co-produced series, called "Undercover." The company will premiere the 10-part series in 2019, according to a Nov. 22 news release.