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


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"Flip or Flop Atlanta"
Source: Scripps Networks Interactive

* HGTV (US) renewed reality series "Flip or Flop Atlanta" for a second season, the network said Aug. 21. The show stars couple Ken and Anita Corsini who remodel neglected properties.

* All-new series "Gear Dogs (working title)" will debut on Discovery Channel (US) on Sept. 4. The series sees Nate Boyer, the owner of car restoration and modification shop Kultured Customs, opening a community garage that is open to hobbyists and auto mechanics who want to test their skills, the network said Aug. 18.

* Investigation Discovery (US)'s "Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda" will return to the network for its seventh season Aug. 23. The show features Lt. Kenda, a 23-year veteran of Colorado Springs Police Department, recalling memories of murders that he encountered during his career, the network said Aug. 18.

* "Iyanla: Fix My Life" will return to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (US) on Sept. 30. The show stars spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant, according to an Aug. 17 news release.

* The 12-episode second season of "El Chapo" will return to Univision (US) on Sept. 17. The series, which will also feature English subtitles, is based on the life of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose to power as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel before his ultimate downfall, the network said Aug. 14.

* USA (US) renewed "Queen of the South" for its third season, according to an Aug. 10 news release. The series tell the story of a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America. The show is based on "La Reina del Sur," a book by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, according to Variety.

* "Teachers" will return to TV Land (US) for the second half of its sophomore season Nov. 7. The series is about a group of elementary school teachers and their lives, as per an Aug. 10 press release.

* HBO (US) renewed comedies "Ballers" and "Insecure" for their respective fourth and third seasons.

* Discovery Channel will premiere new series "Garage Rehab" on Aug. 30. The show follows Richard Rawlings and his team as they travel across the U.S. to find garages that need to be revamped so that they can help turn the businesses around, the network said Aug. 8.

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* OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network renewed drama "Greenleaf" for its third season, the network said Aug. 7. The second half of season two returned with a two night premiere Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.

* The new season of "Diesel Brothers" will return to Discovery Channel on Sept. 4. The show features longtime friends Heavy D and Diesel Dave and their business of buying old trucks and "tricking them out" for buyers, the network said Aug. 7.

* Investigation Discovery renewed newsmagazine "The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas" for a 10-episode second season. The series follows investigative journalist Maria Elena Salinas as she rakes through old crimes to see what the media originally missed, according to an Aug. 7 news release.

* Romantic comedy "Enamorándome de Ramón" (Falling in Love With Ramón) debuted on Univision on Aug. 8. The series tells the tale of two sisters, who are orphaned and discover their parent's life insurance beneficiary is their nanny, Ramón's mother, as per an Aug. 4 news release.

* Disney Channel (US) is reviving its hit docu-series "Bug Juice." The company said Aug. 4 that for the new season it will return to Camp Waziyatah where the first season of the original "Bug Juice" took place in 1998. The original series ran for three seasons. The new series will debut in early 2018, capturing the adventures of a group of kids aged between 10-12 as they head to Camp Waziyatah for summer camp.

* BET (US) disclosed its fall lineup of comedies in an Aug. 3 news release. Game show "Face Value," with Deon Cole as host will premiere Sept. 27, with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's sketch comedy "50 Central" also debuting the same day. News satire "The Rundown with Robin Thede" will debut Sept. 28. The new season of anthology series "Tales" will broadcast Oct. 10. New scripted comedy "The Comedy Get Down" featuring comics George Lopez, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy is set to debut Oct. 12, while the 10-episode docuseries "Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka'oir: The Mane Event" featuring the hip-hop power couple, Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir, will premiere Oct. 17.

* Freeform (US) renewed drama series "Famous in Love" for its sophomore season, the network said Aug. 3.

* Open auditions for ABC (US)'s "American Idol" started Aug 17 at the Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Previous winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard made a special appearance and greet audition participants, the network said Aug. 3.


* Netflix Inc. struck a deal with Joel and Ethan Coen for "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," a Western anthology series, the company said Aug. 9. Set to debut in 2018, the six installments of the series will each feature a distinct story about the American frontier.

* David Letterman will host an as-yet-unnamed hour-long series on Netflix, according to an Aug. 8 news release. The project, which is set to debut in 2018, will feature Letterman having "in-depth conversations" with one guest and going out to explore topics on his own, away from the studio.

* Netflix renewed "Anne (with an E)" for a 10-episode sophomore season, the company said Aug. 3. The reimagined series is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables."