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International edition: Matt LeBlanc to continue as 'Top Gear' host; Amazon to make 'The Bachelor Japan'

The Program Guide'sinternational edition highlights recent programming announcements from variousnetworks and online video platforms across the globe.


*U.K. broadcaster ITV Plcunveiled on Sept. 30a new six-part series titled "Liar." The thriller will examine thecost of deceit on a couple, played by Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd, andtheir friends and family. "Liar" is from Two Brothers Pictures andproduced in conjunction with AMCNetworks Inc.'s SundanceTV.

* will offer thesecond series of "Ash vs Evil Dead" to Virgin TVcustomers in the U.K. beginning Oct. 3. Each episode will be available at 6:00a.m. local time each Monday, to coincide with U.S. release dates, theLiberty Global plcunit said Sept. 27.

*Matt LeBlanc will continue as "Top Gear" host under a two-series dealwith British Broadcasting Corp.The new series will air on BBCTwo (UK) and globally in 2017, the public broadcaster Sept. 26. The series willalso feature Chris Harris and Rory Reid, with regular appearances from EddieJordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.

*ITV2 (UK)acquired new CBScomedy "The Great Indoors." The licensing deal between ITV2 andCBS Corp.'s CBS StudiosInternational covers exclusive, first window broadcast and VOD rights to theshow, ITV said Sept.21. The show stars Joel McHale as an adventure reporter who becomes thedesk-bound boss to a group of millennials.

*Canada's Corus Entertainmentsaid Sept. 19 thatit sold three series in several global markets. The first two seasons oflifestyle series "Masters of Flip" were acquired by 'sDiscovery Channel for TLC in Poland and DLife in MENA, and by A+E Networks UKfor the entertainment channel Lifetime in the U.K. and Sub-Saharan Africa.Discovery Channel also bought the first season of real estate-focused "Buyingthe View" for TLC in Poland and DLife in MENA. Further, acquired the first season of "CheerSquad" for LifeStyle YOU in Australia. A+E Networks UK is a joint venturebetween A+E Networksand Sky plc. A+ENetworks is jointly owned by HearstCorp. and Walt DisneyCo.'s Disney-ABC Television Group.


* Multiplatformvideo service provider VubiquityInc. enteredinto an agreement with U.K.-based TV programming distributor DCD Rights todeliver Australian drama series "The Code" to southeast Europe, theMiddle East and Africa, according to a Sept. 27 . The deal also includesfirst-run rights in Israel for the show's second season. "The Code"is about two brothers trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a fatal carcrash.

* a licensing deal withDharma Productions as it continues preparations to launch its Prime Videoservice in India, Variety reportedSept. 26. The agreement includes the Indian studio's catalog of films as wellas upcoming releases such as "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil," "Ok Jaanu"and "Badrinath Ki Dulhania." Subscribers of Prime Video will alsohave access to Dharma blockbusters such as "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,""Student of the Year," "Kal Ho Naa Ho" and "Agneepath."

*World Wrestling EntertainmentInc. and 7Sports, a unit of Germany's ProSiebenSat1,signed a multiyear deal to televise WWE programs "Raw" and "SmackDown"in German on free-to-air channel ProSieben MAXX from April 2017. The deal willallow both programs air on the same free-to-air channel in Germany for thefirst time, WWE said saidSept. 26. ProSieben MAXX has been airing "SmackDown" since April2014.

* will producea Japanese version of the dating reality show "The Bachelor," The Hollywood Reporter reportedSept. 25. "The Bachelor Japan" will start streaming for Japanesesubscribers of Amazon Prime Video in April 2017. The series will be created inpartnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.'s Warner Bros. InternationalTelevision Production, Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and Japanesetalent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. Ltd. Warner Bros. Entertainment is a unit ofTime Warner Inc.

*Netflix Inc. isexpanding its Polishservice by including more content subtitled or dubbed in Polish. Hollywoodmovies, TV shows, Polish titles, documentaries, independent films, stand-upcomedy and kids' titles are now available to watch instantly on Netflix withmore than 80% of the content dubbed or subtitled in Polish, the streaming giantsaid in a Sept. 20 news release.

*Netflix acquiredworldwide rights to Adam Leon's romance-heist film "Tramps," The Hollywood Reporter reportedSept. 19. The movie, which stars Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten, is about apetty felon and his driver who have to correct a drop-off job that theybotched. It debuted in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the TorontoFilm Festival.

* Inmore Netflix news, the streaming giant is set to produce its first originalIndian comedy special, the Press Trust of India reportedSept. 17. The streaming service is partnering with Indian comedian Vir Das forthe Netflix original comedy specials series. His stand-up performance willreportedly be filmed in New Delhi for streaming on Netflix in more than 100countries. A release date was not given.