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


* Investigation Discovery (US) will debut two scripted series in December, the network said Oct. 19. "Dating Game Killer," which stars Guillermo Diaz as serial killer Rodney Alcala, will debut Dec. 3. Psychological thriller "Final Vision," which stars Scott Foley as a U.S. Army Green Beret doctor suspected of killing his wife and children, will premiere Dec. 10.

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"Fixer Upper"
Source: Scripps Networks Interactive

* "Fixer Upper" will return to HGTV (US) for its fifth season on Nov. 21. The show follows Chip and Joanna Gaines as they fix up homes in Waco, Texas, the network said Oct. 19.

* "American Chopper" is returning to Discovery Channel (US) almost five years after its first run on the network ended. The new season of the show is set to debut in winter 2018, with the father-son team of Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. building customized motorbikes, according to an Oct. 18 press release

* Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys will return to the 14th season of NBC (US)'s musical competition series "The Voice," the network said Oct. 18. Her return marks the third time Keys has been a coach on the show.

* E! (US)'s style talk show "Fashion Police" is being canceled, Variety reported Oct. 18. The show's series-finale will take place in November.

* HGTV will debut a new five-episode series "Property Brothers at Home: Drew's Honeymoon House" on Nov. 22. The series follows brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott as they complete the renovation of Drew and his fiancée Linda's first home together, the network said.

* Freeform (US) will debut two new comedies, "grown-ish" and "Alone Together," on Jan. 3, 2018, and Jan. 10, 2018, respectively. Further, the new season of "Beyond" will debut Jan. 18, 2018, while "Siren" will debut March 29, 2018. Half-hour comedy "grown-ish" is a spinoff of "black-ish" and features Zoey, a 17-year-old, as she heads into her freshman year of college; "Alone Together" stars Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as two misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in Los Angeles, according to an Oct. 18 press release.

* Disney XD (US)'s animated series "Big Hero 6 The Series" will launch Nov. 20, with a one-hour prime-time TV movie, "Baymax Returns," simultaneously on Disney XD and Disney Channel (US). The series is set to debut in early 2018 on Disney XD, according to an Oct. 17 press release.

* Freeform green-lighted seven new episodes of series "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings," the network said Oct. 17. The series, set to debut in spring 2018, will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at weddings and engagements at Disney Destinations around the world.

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Source: Discovery Communications

* Comedian Wyatt Cenac will star in a 10-episode comedic docu-series to premiere on HBO (US) in spring 2018. The late-night series will present a satirical take on social and cultural issues from Cenac's own perspective.

* Investigation Discovery and Time Inc.'s "People Magazine Investigates" will return for its second season on the network Nov. 6. With archival footage, dramatic recreations and interviews, the 12 new episodes of the show will tell stories of ordinary people who were thrust into the spotlight after notorious crimes, according to an Oct. 16 news release.

* NBC decided not to renew medical drama "The Night Shift" after its fourth season, Variety reported Oct. 13.

* New competition series "Bushcraft Build-Off" will premiere on Discovery Channel on Nov. 8. The series has builders compete in a seven-day race against the clock, using only natural materials in their immediate surroundings for their projects, the network said Oct. 13.

* Discovery Channel's new series "Finding Escobar's Millions" will debut on the network Nov. 3. The show has two former intelligence officers going on the hunt for the alleged hidden treasure of drug baron Pablo Escobar, the network said Oct. 13.

* The new season of DIY Network (US)'s "Maine Cabin Masters" will return to the network Nov. 27. The series has builder Chase Morrill and his team of Mainers restoring some of the oldest cabins in America, the network said Oct. 11.

* "On The Case With Paula Zahn" will return to Investigation Discovery for its new season on Oct. 29. The show profiles true investigations, with Zahn delving into each case in her quest for truth, the network said Oct. 11.

* TLC (US) will debut its new one-hour six-episode series "Unexpected" on Nov. 12. The show pulls back the curtain on teenage pregnancy, the network said Oct. 11.


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"Lady Dynamite"
Source: Lady Dynamite official Twitter account

* Comedy series "Lady Dynamite" will return to Netflix Inc. for its sophomore season on Nov. 10. Special guest stars for the new season include Andy Samberg, David Spade, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Judd Apatow, Judy Greer and Weird Al Yankovic, the company said Oct. 18.

* Talk show "Chelsea" will not return for its third season on Netflix, according to an Oct. 18 tweet by the show's host Chelsea Handler. She added that she will be working on a documentary with Netflix.

* Stop-motion-animated series "Rilakkuma and Kaoru" has begun production and will premiere globally on Netflix in spring 2019, the company said Oct. 18. The show is about Rilakkuma, a soft toy bear who showed up one day to live with a young woman named Kaoru.

* Facebook Inc. ordered new drama series "Five Points," Variety reported Oct. 17. The series gives viewers a glimpse into the life of high school students in the South Side of Chicago.