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Travel Channel sets 'Famously Afraid' debut date; Fox renews 'Bless the Harts'

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

Traditional TV

* Discovery Inc.'s joint-venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines announced the first original series for the couple's upcoming Magnolia network. Titled "Home on the Road," the six-episode series will follow spouses Abner and Amanda Ramirez as they tour North America with their band, Johnnyswim. "Home on the Road" will premiere as part of Magnolia's initial slate of programming when it launches in October 2020.

* ABC (US) and ESPN (US) will televise 22 games during the 2020 XFL season, beginning with the inaugural game on Feb. 8 between the DC Defenders and Seattle Dragons, which will air on ABC, Broadcasting & Cable reported. All ABC and ESPN games will be streamed live on the ESPN App. ABC will air 14 games on Saturdays. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise eight games, all on Sundays, according to the report.

* HGTV (US)'s new real estate market series "Hot Properties: San Diego" will premiere Nov. 3. In the show, realtor Seth O'Byrne, real estate agent Mia Tidwell and contractor Andrew White will help homeowners sell and renovate properties in the greater San Diego area.

* Travel Channel (US)'s new series "Famously Afraid" will debut Nov. 5. The show stars celebrities as they tell true stories of facing unexplained phenomena. In the premiere episode of the show, "America's Got Talent" judge Howie Mandel will tell his story of how a spirit targeted his young daughter in his home.

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"Bless the Harts"
Source: Fox

* Fox Corp. renewed its distribution agreement with Charter Communications Inc. The long-term deal covers the distribution of the FOX Television Stations, FOX News Channel (US), FOX Business Network (US), FOX Sports 1 (US), FOX Sports 2 (US), BTN (US) and FOX Deportes (US). The agreement also includes video-on-demand and TV Everywhere rights for these networks, enabling Charter subscribers to watch a range of FOX programming live and on-demand through the FOX NOW, FOX Sports and FOX News apps.

* FOX (US) renewed animation series "Bless the Harts" for a second season. Created by Emily Spivey, the half-hour show is about a single mother who supports her family by working as a waitress in a small town, World Screen reported. "Bless the Harts" features the voices of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Kumail Nanjiani and more.

* NBC (US) will stop production on legal drama "Bluff City Law" after its initial 10-episode order, Variety reported. The show is about a lawyer named Sydney Strait who worked at her father's law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. The news comes after NBC pulled comedy "Sunnyside" off the air, with the remaining episodes to run on the NBC App, NBC.com and other digital platforms.

* Comcast Corp. is preparing to drop channels from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Starz and replace them with content from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s EPIX (US). Comcast said in a statement on a customer website that 11 Starz and Encore channels would be dropped from its TV packages as of Dec. 10. Starz and Comcast said negotiations regarding Comcast's carriage of the Starz channels continue.

Streaming

* Bloomberg Inc. unveiled a slate of digital originals, focused on space, transportation, science and health, for its streaming service Bloomberg TV+, TBI Vision reported. The shows include "Giant Leap," "Moon Shot," "Accelerate," "Prognosis" and "Storylines." The originals will also be available on Bloomberg.com, YouTube LLC and on Bloomberg's social channels.

* Verizon Communications Inc. will offer The Walt Disney Co.'s upcoming streaming service Disney+ to its unlimited wireless customers, as well as new Fios home internet and 5G home internet customers free for 12 months. Disney+ will debut in the U.S. for $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually, on a stand-alone basis, or for $12.99 per month when bundled with ESPN+ and the basic subscription video-on-demand service from Hulu LLC.

* Discovery launched its live interactive cooking platform Food Network Kitchen across multiple platforms in the U.S. Food Network Kitchen features live cooking classes, home delivery for ingredients, instructional videos and a selection of Food Network (US) shows, as well as thousands of recipes. The platform also includes 25 live weekly classes that allow customers and chefs to communicate in real-time.

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"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series"
Source: Disney+

* Korean romantic comedy series "Crash Landing on You" will launch globally on Netflix Inc. later this year. The show is a love story between a South Korean heiress and leading fashion businesswoman who meets a North Korean military officer.

* In other Disney+ news, the streaming service ordered a second season of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," ahead of its Nov. 12 launch, The Hollywood Reporter reported Oct. 18. Set at East High, the series follows a group of students as they put on a stage production of the "High School Musical" movie.

* Sports media and entertainment company Whistle Sports Inc. is preparing to bow a linear streaming channel late in the fourth quarter. The ad-supported network will run 24 hours a day, offering a mix of original programming and episodic content, featuring popular social media influencers, as well as movies and documentaries.

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