Esquire Network has ordered an expanded 16-episode second season of its hit competition reality series Team Ninja Warrior. The new season of the American Ninja Warrior spinoff will debut a five-part special event, Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition (working title), featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities. Comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila host. The debut episode of Team Ninja Warrior was the most watched series premiere with adults 18-49 in Esquire history. Team Ninja Warrior is executive produced by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed of A. Smith & Co. Productions, along with Brian Richardson.
BBC America has announced a new slate of scripted development projects, along with summer and fall premiere dates including Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. New development projects include Zero Motivation, based on the award-winning feature from Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie and executive produced by Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne; Junk, a satirical look inside the world of the soda and junk food industry, written by Dean Craig and executive produced by Neal Baer; and Trip, a re-imagining of the classic Chinese novel from Top of the Lake producers See-Saw Films. Premiere dates were announced for Ripper Street Season 4 (July 28), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (October 22), Undercover (November 17), The Living and the Dead (fall 2016) and Planet Earth II (winter 2017).