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'Atlanta' renewed for season 4 on FX; Netflix pulls plug on 'The OA'

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

Traditional TV

* FX Network (US) renewed Donald Glover's comedy series "Atlanta" for a fourth season, Deadline reported. The network also renewed "Snowfall" for a fourth season, which will debut in 2020, Variety reported. "Snowfall" follows the crack cocaine epidemic that swept through South Central Los Angeles in the 1980s.

* Two new specials of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" will return to ABC (US), with the first one to air this fall, Variety reported. Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear will executive produce the new specials, the second of which is slated for spring 2020.

* In other Jimmy Kimmel news, the comedian will team up with Mark Burnett for a new game show on ABC called "Generation Gap," Deadline reported. The show will feature family members being asked trivia questions about each other's generations.

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"Shameless"
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* Showtime (US) has set Nov. 3 as the premiere date for season 10 of "Shameless," according to a news release. Frank Gallagher, played by William Macy, will use his leg injury to collect prescription drugs, while Debbie, played by Emma Kenney, becomes the matriarch of the Gallagher household. Season two of the Jim Carrey show "Kidding" also premieres Nov. 3. Carrey returns as children's television host Jeff Pickles. Showtime also announced that season seven of "Ray Donovan" will premiere Nov. 17. Starring Liev Schreiber, the new season finds Ray working to be the man his family needs him to be, Showtime said.

* POP (US) has renewed "Flack" for a six-episode second season, TheWrap reported. Anna Paquin stars in the drama, which is set in the world of high-stakes celebrity public relations. Sam Neill, Paquin's co-star in "The Piano" and Daniel Kim of "Hawaii Five-0" will join the show's cast.

* CBS (US) has renewed "Love Island" for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The new season of the series, which is based on a British show with the same name, will debut in the summer of 2020.

* The eight-episode sequel to Showtime drama "The L Word" will premiere on the network Dec. 8, Deadline reported. Titled "The L Word: Generation Q," the show follows the lives of the original show's cast members and their experiences with love, heartbreak, setbacks and success in Los Angeles.

Streaming

* Netflix Inc. struck a multiyear deal with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the hit series "Game of Thrones," The Hollywood Reported reported. Under the agreement, Benioff and Weiss will write, produce and direct new films and TV series for the streaming platform. The deal is reportedly worth $200 million. Netflix confirmed the news via a tweet.

* Netflix greenlighted a four-part limited series titled "Madam CJ Walker," which tells the story of black hair care pioneer Madam CJ Walker and how she overcame hostilities to become the first black woman in America to be a self-made millionaire, Netflix said.

* As the official streaming and video-on-demand partner for the "2019 Sziget Festival," LiveXLive Media Inc. will livestream select performances from the festival from Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, according to a news release.

* In other Netflix news, the streaming giant will debut "Frontera Verde" on Aug. 16. The Netflix Original show revolves around a young female detective and her partner as they investigate a series of bizarre deaths deep in the Amazon, Netflix said.

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"The OA"
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* Netflix has pulled the plug on mystery thriller "The OA" after two seasons. The series starred Brit Marling as a blind woman who disappeared seven years ago only to return suddenly with her sight restored, Variety reported.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming service has renewed drama series "13 Reasons Why" for a fourth and final season, Variety reported. Season 3 of the show is set to debut Aug. 23 and will feature 13 episodes. Season 1 of the show was based on a novel of the same name by Jay Asher, while the newer seasons have been original stories, the report added.

* Walt Disney Co.'s streaming service Disney+ will be available along with Hulu LLC and ESPN+ for a total of $12.99 per month, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said during the media giants third fiscal quarter earnings call. Iger added that Disney+ will be available in a bundle with the company's existing direct-to-consumer offerings.

* Warner Media LLC's HBO Max streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to drama "Circe," Variety reported. The streamer has given an eight-episode order to the series, which is based on a book of the same name.

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