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The Program Guidehighlights recent programming announcements from various networks and onlinevideo platforms.


* "Restoring Charleston" will debut on on Oct. 19.The series follows contractor Trent Fasnacht who restores abandoned andcondemned houses in South Carolina with his team, the network Sept. 30.

* ABC(US) gave full-season orders to political drama "DesignatedSurvivor" and sitcom "Speechless," the network Sept. 29.

* Eight-part series "Cold War Armageddon" is setto premiere on AmericanHeroes Channel (US) on Oct. 12. The series takes the audience backto the end of World War II, and the start of the Cold War, the networksaid Sept. 29.

* The CW(US) debuted "Dinner Spinner" on Oct. 1. The showis a half-hour competitive cooking series pitting two home cooks against oneanother.

New York Comedy Festival
Source: Comedy Central

* The New York Comedy Festival and added morethan 60 shows to the 2016 festival line-up. The festival will run from Nov. 1through Nov. 6 and will take place at some of New York City's most iconicvenues like Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater. Tickets went on sale fromSept. 28, the network said the same day.

* FXX(US) renewed comedy "You're the Worst" for its fourthseason, Variety reportedSept. 28. The third seasonof the show debuted on the network in August.

* Season nine of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"will return on Bravo(US) on Nov. 6. The debut of season four of "Married toMedicine" will follow immediately after, the network Sept. 28.

* "Blunt Talk" and "Ash vs Evil Dead"returned to Starz(US) for their second seasons on Oct. 2, according to a Sept. 28news release.Patrick Stewart starrer "Blunt Talk" is a sitcom. Comedy Horror"Ash vs Evil Dead" sees Bruce Campbell reprising his "EvilDead" film role as monster fighter Ash Williams.

* NBC(US) commissioned a new comedy/variety series, "Little BigShots: Forever Young," the network said Sept. 28. The series will showcase young-at-heartseniors who bring their talents, personalities and wisdom to the show.

* HBO (US)renewed comedy series "High Maintenance" for a second season, thenetwork said Sept. 28. The series is about eccentric New Yorkers who areconnected with one another through their weed deliveryman.

* FOX(US) has ordered a new comedy, "My Bad Parent," from"The Office" alum John Krasinski, VarietyreportedSept. 28. The series is based on the book and blog of the same name, andreminds viewers that they are not alone in their parenting faux pas.

* HBO debuted futuristic drama "Westworld" on Oct.2. The first season will have 10 episodes, according to a Sept. 28 newsrelease. The series revolves around the themes of artificial consciousness andthe evolution of sin, set in a world where every human appetite can be indulged.

* NBC ordered five more episodes of drama "This isUs," bringing the total number of episodes to 18. The series premiered inSeptember, the network said Sept. 27.

* FXNetwork (US) renewed "The Strain" for its fourth andfinal season, Variety reportedSept. 27. Season four of the horror drama will air in 2017.

Kyle Hill
Source: Discovery Science

* Kyle Hill will host Science (US)'s new show "Mythbusters: TheSearch," the network said Sept. 26. The new series follows contenders as eachweek they bust myths and compete to win to become the next myth-busting stars.The contestants showcase their build skills, science smarts and nerves in theprocess. The show will premiere in 2017.

* The fifth season of "Vanderpump Rules" willdebut on Bravo on Nov. 7. The show features Lisa Vanderpump and her crew, thenetwork said Sept.26.

* ABC will debut new shows and seasons this October,according to a Sept. 26 newsrelease. The eighth season of single-camera comedy "TheMiddle" will premiere on Oct. 11, featuring Emmy-winner PatriciaHeaton. New series "American Housewife" will on the same night, featuring aconfident wife and mother of three raising her flawed family in a town full ofperfect moms and their perfect children. Inspired by a true story, "FreshOff the Boat" will debut for its third season on the network the samenight. Single-camera sitcom "The Real O'Neals" will for its second seasonon Oct. 11.

* Two new specials featuring cocktail connoisseur JackMaxwell will premiere on Travel Channel (US) on Oct. 11. The specials,"Booze Traveler: Best Bars," were filmed around Denver, Lake Tahoe,Calif., and Greater Los Angeles and follow Maxwell as he tries to findprohibition-style bars, the network said Sept. 26.


* NetflixInc. ordered 13 episodes of a new animated comedy,"Pacific Heat," from Australian studio Working Dog Productions. Theseries is a satire on cop shows and is set to debut by the end of the year.

* Cracked channel launched on 's streaming platform.Cracked Studio will launch a three-part series "Tales to Get ScaredTo" exclusively on Roku, according to a Sept. 29 . The first episode of theHalloween-themed video series will debut on Roku on Oct. 10.

* Amazon.comInc. will premiere a new series for kids, "Bookaboo," onOct. 28. The series is geared towards preschool-aged children and celebratesthe benefits and fun of reading books. Bookaboo is a drummer who cannot play athis gigs without having someone read him a book. Each episode will feature adifferent celebrity guest who will go backstage to share their favorite picturebook with Bookaboo, the company said Sept. 28.