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Amer­ica Fer­rera is hav­ing a great month. Not only has her sit­com Su­per­store (2015-cur­rent) been su­per­sized from 11 episodes in sea­son 1 to 22 episodes for sea­son 2, the ac­tress has heav­ily hinted that an Ugly Betty (2006-2010) re­u­nion may be in the works, with a made-for-TV movie cur­rently un­der dis­cus­sion. “We’re hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions,” she teased when ap­pear­ing on talk­show Watch What Hap­pens: Live (2009-cur­rent). “The more our fans make noise about it, the more likely it is, so keep it up!” Amer­ica Fer­rera and her Ugly Betty co-stars could be mak­ing a come­back.

Re­al­ity cook­ing show The Great Bri­tish Bake Off’s (2010-cur­rent) mass ex­o­dus continues, with judge Mary Berry opt­ing not to sign with the show now that it’s mov­ing broad­cast­ers from BBC to Chan­nel 4 in the UK. Pre­sen­ters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are also out, which leaves judge Paul Hol­ly­wood as the only orig­i­nal cast mem­ber to stay on.

Alan Cum­ming isn’t set to be in drama show The Good Wife’s (2009-2016) spin-off se­ries next year – although his char­ac­ter Eli Gold’s daugh­ter Marissa (Sarah Steele) will be. Alan is re­turn­ing to TV though – he’ll pro­duce and star in a TV adap­ta­tion of the James Pat­ter­son novel Dr Death, about a CIA agent-turned-nov­el­ist who’s roped in by the cops to help catch a se­rial killer. The se­ries is in the early stages of de­vel­op­ment and for now is only a pilot.

The re­cent un­timely death of Ax Men (2008-2016) star Gabe Ry­gaard in a multi-car crash is likely to blame for the His­tory Chan­nel can­celling the re­al­ity show af­ter nine sea­sons. Also get­ting canned is mu­sic-themed dram­edy Road­ies (2016) af­ter one sea­son.

Soap operas are about to make for great prime-time dra­mas with two soap­based se­ries cur­rently in the works – and with big names at­tached too. Scream Queens’ (2015-cur­rent) John Sta­mos is co-pro­duc­ing a still-un­ti­tled drama about the glam and ex­ces­sive world of ’80s US soap operas. And it’s a world that he knows some­thing about – John got his shot at fame aged 18 as heart­throb Blackie Par­rish on soap Gen­eral Hospi­tal (1963cur­rent) in 1982. And net­work ABC wants The Marquis, which is de­scribed as a “sexy and twisted char­ac­ter soap set in the most iconic and ex­clu­sive build­ing in Man­hat­tan”. The Marquis is the joint brain­child of Greg Ber­lanti (the cre­ator of Ar­row, 2012-cur­rent) and Julie Plec (co-cre­ator of Vam­pire Di­aries, 2010-cur­rent). John Sta­mos is mov­ing into the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer’s seat.

Mu­sic drama show Nashville’s (2012-cur­rent) up­com­ing fifth sea­son seems to be set­ting up a love tri­an­gle with the newly out singer Will (played by Chris Car­mack), his ex Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey) and new cast mem­ber Mur­ray Bartlett (Dom from Look­ing, 2014-2016). Mur­ray will play Jakob Fine, a suc­cess­ful mens’ fash­ion de­signer who will share scenes with Will.

The SABC isn’t the only broad­caster with their own self-im­posed con­tent quo­tas. If you’re lov­ing Net­flix’s orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming like House Of Cards (2013-cur­rent), Or­ange Is The New Black (2013cur­rent), Stranger Things (2016-cur- rent) and Grace & Frankie (2015-cur­rent), you’re in for a treat. The stream­ing ser­vice re­vealed plans to have half of their con­tent be orig­i­nal Net­flix-only pro­gram­ming in the form of TV se­ries and movies. CFO David Wells added that it’s go­ing to cost them bil­lions over the next few years to reach that goal.

The BBC is def­i­nitely not giv­ing up on Top Gear (2002-cur­rent), de­spite the show’s flop re­turn ear­lier this year with Chris Evans, who quit as host in July af­ter just six episodes. Chris’s co-host Matt LeBlanc has of­fi­cially been named the mo­tor­ing show’s new main host for the next two sea­sons, along with the re­turn­ing Chris Har­ris, Rory Reid, Ed­die Jor­dan, Sabine Sch­mitz and The Stig.

Top Gear isn’t the only Bri­tish se­ries be­ing re­newed – ITV’s pe­riod drama Vic­to­ria (2016cur­rent) is get­ting a sec­ond sea­son, while re­al­ity shows Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent (2007cur­rent) and The X Fac­tor UK (2004-cur­rent) have both been ex­tended un­til 2019. More good news is that we’ll be get­ting more sea­sons of travel show Ride With Nor­man Ree­dus (2016cur­rent), plus sit­coms Dice (2016cur­rent), At­lanta (2016-cur­rent), Bet­ter Things (2016-cur­rent) and Odd Mom Out (2015-cur­rent). Matt LeBlanc is re­turn­ing as the main man on Top Gear.

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