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'Chicago Fire' season 5 debuts Oct. 11; Amazon orders horror anthology 'Lore'

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

On TV

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"Chicago Fire"

Source: NBC

* Season 5 of action-drama "Chicago Fire" will debut on NBC (US) on Oct. 11, the network said Oct. 7. The show follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department.

* PBS (US) debuted the seventh season of "Martha Bakes" on Oct. 8. This season, Martha Stewart will take the viewers on a culinary tour of the most adored recipes in the U.S., focusing on a different region's specialties each week, the network said Oct. 6.

* Discovery Channel (US) will premiere the new season of "Edge of Alaska" on Oct. 23. The show is set in the small town of McCarthy, with a population of only 42, with only people with skills and determination being able to survive there, the network said Oct. 6.

* Season six of "total Divas" will return on E! (US) on Nov. 16. The network also premiered the spin-off series "Total Bellas" on Oct. 5, according to an Oct. 5 news release.

* HBO (US) will debut the new season of "Tracey Ullman's Show" on Oct. 28. The comedy sketch show stars Ullman as a wide array of everyday people and famous people, the network said Oct. 5.

* Discovery Channel's "Street Outlaws" will return for its new season on Oct. 31. The show features Oklahoma City's street racers who want to claim the top spot on the list of street racers, the network said Oct. 5.

* AMC (US) greenlit drama "Lodge 49" from Peter Ocko, Jim Gavin, Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey, the network said Oct. 4. The series follows a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the lifestyle he lost upon the death of his father. The network ordered 10 episodes of the series.

* CBS (US) is adapting the 2016 book, "A Burglar's Guide to the City," for TV, Variety reported Oct. 4.

* Destination America (US) will broadcast specials and extra content throughout October for its "Ghostober" Halloween celebration, the network said Oct. 4. The network will premiere a two-hour special, "Paranormal Lockdown: The Black Monk House" on Oct. 31, which will feature hosts Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman confining themselves inside the presumably haunted location for 100 hours.

* NBC and Simon Cowell signed a new contract pursuant to which Cowell will return to "America's Got Talent" as a judge for the next three seasons, the network said Oct. 4. Auditions for season 12 are open now.

* FX Network (US) renewed "American Horror Story" for its seventh season, TheWrap.com reported Oct. 4. The series debuted in 2011.

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"Polar Bear Town"

Source: Smithsonian Channel

* Six-part docu-series "Polar Bear Town" will debut on Smithsonian Channel (US) on Nov. 16. The series documents a season in Churchill, Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capital of the World, following the migration of more than 1,000 hungry polar bears, the network said Oct. 4.

* Comedy Central (US) will broadcast the third standup special of Kyle Kinane on Oct. 15. The special, "Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago," will be filmed at Metro, with Kinane talking about the latest woes that plague us all, the network said Oct. 4. The special will be available on cc.com and on the Comedy Central App on Oct. 16.

* ESPN (US) will debut three new documentaries in its "30 for 30" series, the network said Oct. 3. "Phi Slama Jama" will premiere on Oct. 18 and tells the story of the 1980s basketball team of the University of Houston. "Hit it Hard," to debut Nov. 1, tells the tale of PGA champion John Daly as he struggled with booze, food, gambling, women and depression. "Catholics vs. Convicts" will premiere on Dec. 10 and set in 1980s it tells the tale of the Notre Dame football team.

* Walt Disney Co.'s ABC (US) greenlit the reboot of the talent show competition, "The Gong Show," the network said Oct. 3. Each episode will feature unique performers showcasing their skills in front of a revolving panel of judges.

* NBC canceled the Charles Manson drama "Aquarius" after two seasons, Variety reported Oct. 1. Set in 1967 Los Angeles, the David Duchovny starrer debuted in May 2015.

* A "Dynasty" reboot is in the works at The CW (US), Variety reported Sept. 30. The reboot will be from the perspective of two female characters, Fallon Carrington and Cristal.

* FOX (US) ordered a live cooking-variety series by Gordon Ramsay, "The F Word," Variety reported Sept. 30. The show is based on his U.K. show of the same name. The show will have families competing to impress Ramsay and celebrity guests with their cooking.

On OTT

* Amazon.com Inc. greenlit an original horror anthology series, Lore," based on a podcast of the same name. The company has ordered a 10-episode season of the show. The series will showcase stories about frightening, psychologically disturbing and paranormal true events, according to an Oct. 6 press release.