The Program Guide'sinternational edition highlights recent programming announcements from variousnetworks and online video platforms across the globe.
*Presenter Chris Evans endorsed Matt LeBlanc as "the captain 'Top Gear'truly needs going forward" in a July 9 columnfor The (UK) Mail on Sunday. The BBC saidJuly 4 that Evans is stepping down from his duties on 's "Top Gear."
*Turner Africa's Cartoon Network inked a deal with Urban Brew Productions tolaunch a series of shorts called "Pop Up Party" on channel 301. The shorts willfollow a young crew of local dancers as they pop up and infiltrate unexpectedlocations, DStv saidJuly 7. The series will begin airing July 23.
*British Broadcasting Corp.said July 6 that "Poldark"is returning to BBC One (UK)for a third series. Filming for the third installment will begin later in 2016,and will air in 2017. The historical drama, which stars Aidan Turner as RossPoldark, is slated to broadcast its 10-episode second series on BBC Oneshortly.
*Discovery Communications Inc.and the Swiss Broadcasting Corp., or SRG SSR, July 6 that they inked a newlong-term partnership to allow viewers in Switzerland to access the OlympicGames across multiple platforms. The deal covers the 2018 Olympic Winter Gamesand 2020 Olympic Games, with Eurosport platforms to show the Games on air,online, over-the-top and on the go.
*Digicel Group Ltd., a provider of mobile, broadband and cable TV services inthe Caribbean and South Pacific, inked a deal to broadcast properties "Raw" and "SmackDown" in the Pacific Islands.WWE's flagship programs became available to Digicel Play subscribers via TVWANAction in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the other Pacific Islands onJuly 7. Each episode of "Raw" and "SmackDown" will air thesame week as the U.S. broadcast, according to a July 5 news .
*U.K. broadcaster ITV Plcsaid July 4 that itacquired series "Lethal Weapon" from 's Warner Bros.International Television Distribution. The series, based on the moviefranchise, stars Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans as cop duo Martin Riggs andRoger Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. "LethalWeapon" will debut in the U.S. in fall 2016, and will be added toITV (UK)'sschedule at an as-yet unspecified date.
*Discovery Networks International saidJune 30 that season 4 of "Body Bizarre" will premiere on Discovery'sinternational portfolio of networks beginning late July. The series, producedfor Discovery Networks International by Barcroft Productions and Zig ZagProductions, features people from around the world who face rare medicalmysteries.
* unit and 's Movistar Plusstruck a TV andsubscription video-on-demand rights deal for three TV series, Variety reportedJuly 5. The deal covers futuristic dystopia "Section Zero," originaldramas "The Five" and "Spotless," plus a renewal of thelicensing for mini-series "Pillars of the Earth," according to thereport.
*South Asia-focused OTT content provider YuppTV with Indian digital mediabrand Arré to offer the latter's content on its platform, The Economic Times (India) reportedJuly 4. Under the deal, Arré's catalog of web series, social experiments,reality shows, documentaries and non-fiction products will be made available onYuppTV Bazaar, an online marketplace for video content. YuppTV Bazaar willinitially host two Arré web series, "A.I.SHA My Virtual Girlfriend"and "I Don't Watch TV."
* 's Amazon PrimeVideo said July 1that it will stream TV series "Roadies" in the U.K. The first twoepisodes of the music-inspired comedy series became available to Amazon Primemembers on July 4, with subsequent episodes launching weekly, a day after theU.S. premiere, starting July 11.