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Netflix revives 'Designated Survivor'; 'Mr. Robot' ending after fourth season

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

Traditional TV

* Home Box Office Inc.'s HBO (US) renewed comedy series "Ballers" for a fifth season and "Insecure" for a fourth season, the company said Sept. 6. "Ballers" stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today's players. "Insecure" follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

* Comcast Corp. unit NBCUniversal Media LLC's NBC (US) ordered a new "Law & Order" series from Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, according to a Sept. 4 press release. "Law & Order: Hate Crimes" is based on New York's actual Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the U.S.

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"Mr. Robot"
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* Emmy-nominated sketch comedy series "Tracey Ullman's Show" is kicking off its third season Sept. 28 on HBO, the company said Aug. 30.

* Charter Communications Inc. picked up dark comedy series "E Is for Edie," according to an Aug. 30 Variety report, citing unnamed sources. The series, inspired by events in the life of series creator Jeanie Bergen, starts with a single woman who becomes the sole caregiver to her disabled sister.

* Drama series "Mr. Robot" will return to USA (US) network for its fourth and final season in 2019, Variety reported Aug. 29. The series follows a cybersecurity engineer who became involved in the underground hacker group fsociety after being recruited by their mysterious leader Mr. Robot, whom he later discovered to be the projection of his dead father.

* HBO Asia series "Miss Sherlock" will be made available to HBO U.S. subscribers, across all HBO platforms, TV and streaming partner platforms, and free on-demand channels on Sept. 1., HBO said Aug. 28.

* Telemundo (US) is premiering prison thriller "El Recluso" on Sept. 25 on the network, according to an Aug. 28 news release. The 13-episode series, produced by NBCUniversal Media's Telemundo International Studios, is based on the original Argentinian series "El Marginal."

* Cooking Channel (US) is premiering "Food: Fact or Fiction?" on Oct. 1, according to an Aug. 28 news release. The show features actor, writer and musician Michael McKean exploring the mythology and food mysteries surrounding everyday dishes.

* Web series "An Emmy for Megan" will have an exclusive television broadcast premiere on AMC Networks Inc.'s IFC (US) on Sept. 17, the network said Aug. 28. The web series is about creator, producer, director and star Megan Amram and her quest to win an Emmy.

* Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s EPIX (US) ordered a 10-episode first season for a drama series called "Our Lady, LTD," Variety reported Aug. 28. Ben Kingsley is reportedly set to star in the modern noir drama as Pastor Byron Brown, who is the target of a young grifter named James, who will eventually find out that the pastor is far more dangerous than he suspects. The show is expected to launch in 2019.

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"Designated Survivor"
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* "Designated Survivor" is heading to Netflix Inc. for its third season after getting canceled at Walt Disney Co.'s ABC (US), according to a Sept. 5 news release. The streaming giant has commissioned series producer Entertainment One Ltd. for a 10-episode show, to be aired globally in 2019. The first and second seasons of the show will come exclusively to Netflix in the U.S. and Canada this fall.

* CBS Corp. on Aug. 30 said it streamed the premiere episode of the new series "God Friended Me" across a number of platforms, including the CBS app, CBS All Access and Other platforms are Facebook Premieres, Twitter, Instagram's IGTV and multiple electronic sell-through platforms such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes, Vudu, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Sony Corp., according to a news release. The episode premiered on these platforms on Aug. 31 ahead of its broadcast premiere Sept. 30 on the CBS (US) network.

* Netflix will stream new Mandarin series "The Rise of Phoenixes" in more than a dozen languages around the world starting Sept. 14. The 70-episode series is loosely based on "Huang Quan," a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan, according to an Aug. 30 news release.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant will stream a stand-up comedy special featuring Ken Jeong in 2019. In the stand-up special, tentatively titled "Ken Jeong: First Date," Jeong will reflect on how he went from being a doctor to a comedy superstar and other topics, according to an Aug. 29 news release.

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