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Oscars dates set for next 4 years; Netflix greenlights new comedy series

The Program Guide highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms.

On TV

* TLC (US) will debut a new season of "Return to Amish" on April 30. The series follows the lives of Mary, Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah and Carmela as they continue to acclimate to a new culture after leaving their Amish community behind, the network said April 10.

* Bravo (US) will premiere half-hour series "Vanderpump Rules Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky" this summer, the network said April 10. The series follows bartender Jax Taylor and his girlfriend, Brittany Cartwright, as they head to visit her family on their Kentucky farm.

* CBS (US) renewed "Criminal Minds" for season 13, Variety reported April 7. The network also renewed five freshman series, including dramas "Bull" and "MacGyver," along with comedies "Kevin Can Wait," "Man with a Plan" and "Superior Donuts."

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"Tanked"
Source: Animal Planet

* The new season of Animal Planet (US)'s "Tanked" returns to the network April 21. The series features Wayde King and Brett Raymer, owners of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and builders of aquariums, as they build tanks and aquariums for various customers across the U.S., the network said April 6.

* Comedy "Silicon Valley" will return to HBO (US) for its fourth season April 23. Season four will have 10 episodes, according to an April 6 news release.

* "Little People Big World" will return to TLC on May 2 for its new season. The new season sees the Roloffs facing many changes, with two grandchildren on the way, and future grandparents Amy and Matt navigating divorced life while living 500 feet from each other and running the family farm together, the network said April 6.

* E! (US) is expanding its live news programming lineup with a new daytime broadcast series, "Daily Pop," debuting May 1. The two-hour show will be hosted by Catt Sadler, Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner, the network said April 5.

* Season six of "Million Dollar Listing New York" will debut on Bravo on May 25 with a special supersized episode. This season, real estate veterans Fredrik Eklund and Ryan Serhant will be joined by a new major player in the market, Steve Gold, the network said April 5.

* Freeform (US) gave a straight-to-series order for "Marvel's New Warriors," a new comedic live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic featuring young adult heroes, the network said April 5. The network ordered 10 30-minute episodes, which are slated to premiere in 2018.

* FXX (US) canceled comedy "Man Seeking Woman" after three seasons, Variety reported April 4. Season three of the show ended in March.

* "Space's Deepest Secrets" and "NASA's Unexplained Files" returned to Science (US) April 11 and April 12, respectively. "Space's Deepest Secrets" looks into some of the most revolutionary findings in the history of space exploration, while "NASA's Unexplained Files" opens the doors to NASA to reveal some of the extraordinary mysteries of the universe, according to an April 4 news release.

* New weekly late-night talk show, "Truth & Iliza," is getting a six-week run on Freeform starting May 2. Comedian Iliza Shlesinger will host the show, which will be peppered with societal observations and sketches fueled by Shlesinger's opinions, the network said April 4.

* Disney Channel (US) greenlighted a "That's So Raven" spinoff called "Raven's Home," the network said April 4. The spinoff will continue the story of Raven and Chelsea, who are now divorced single mothers raising their two separate families in one household.

* The Academy and ABC (US) revealed key dates for the 90th to 93rd Oscar presentations in an April 4 press release. The 90th Academy Awards presentation will air live on ABC March 4, 2018, with the 91st, 92nd and 93rd Oscar presentations set for Feb. 24, 2019; Feb 23, 2020; and Feb 28, 2021, respectively.

* Discovery Channel (US) will air an all-new series, "Escobar's Millions (working title)," later in 2017. The series goes in search of the hidden treasure that Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar allegedly buried across Colombia and Central America, the network said April 4.

* "Andy Cohen's Then & Now" will premiere on Bravo on May 3. Each episode will see host and executive producer Andy Cohen and his guests dive into some of the biggest headlines of today then look back at a handful of iconic years in pop culture, according to an April 4 news release.

* Comedy Central (US) greenlighted a new late-night talk show, hosted by Jordan Klepper, who will be bringing his "Daily Show" persona to the show, the network said April 4. The "Daily Show" companion will debut this fall.

* USA (US) renewed drama "Colony" for its third season, the network said April 4.

* NBC (US) ordered six episodes of "The Awesome Show," a new show that will showcase the scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future, along with celebrating the pioneers and communities at the forefront of discovery, innovation and opportunity, the network said April 4.

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"Preacher"
Source: AMC Network Entertainment

* AMC (US) will debut season two of "Preacher" in a two-night premiere event beginning June 25. The second season consists of 13 episodes and follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer, his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire named Cassidy as they embark on a road trip to find God, according to an April 3 news release.

* USA renewed drama "Falling Water" for its second season, the network said April 3. Season two of the show follows three unrelated people whose worlds collide when they discover newfound abilities to manipulate dreams and, by extension, the dreamers themselves.

* Bravo will debut new series "Invite Only Cabo" on May 14. The docu-series follows hair stylist Larry Sims and a handful of his closest friends as they go on a getaway, the network said April 3.

* TV Land (US) began production on the fourth season of "Younger" on April 3. The fourth season is set to debut June 28 on the network. The series follows a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 to get a job in publishing, the network said April 3.

* "Fear the Walking Dead" will return for its third season on AMC with two back to back episodes June 4. The first half of the season will have eight episodes, the network said April 3. The show is a post-apocalyptic horror drama created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson and is a companion series and prequel to AMC's "The Walking Dead."

* The second season of animated comedy adventure series "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" will return to Disney XD (US) this summer, the network said April 3. Prior to the second season debut, the network will broadcast five new shorts May 4 that fill in the storytelling between seasons one and two.

On OTT

* Amazon.com Inc. greenlighted two seasons of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" from "Gilmore Girls"-creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the company said April 10. The series' pilot debuted on Amazon Video on March 17. It is written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and is about a 1958 New York City woman, Miriam "Midge" Maisel, who lives a perfect life with her kids and husband and who starts a career in stand-up comedy through the nightclubs and basket houses of Greenwich Village.

* Netflix Inc. is producing "Alexa & Katie," a new multicam comedy series about two best friends, set during their freshman year of high school, Netflix said April 9. The 13-episode series will star Paris Berelc as Alexa and newcomer Isabel May as Katie. Heather Wordham and Matthew Carlson will serve as executive producers.