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Netflix scores 5 wins at Globes; 'Vikings' to end after season 6

The Program Guide highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms in the U.S.

Top News

* Netflix Inc. scored five wins at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, including best foreign film for "Roma" and best TV comedy for "The Kominsky Method." Director Alfonso Cuarón also picked up a Golden Globe for "Roma."

Meanwhile, Michael Douglas won for best actor in a TV comedy for "The Kominsky Method" and Richard Madden received the award for best actor in a TV drama for "Bodyguard."

21st Century Fox Inc.'s FX Network (US) scored the best TV drama series award for the final season of "The Americans" and the best TV limited series award for "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story."

Traditional TV

* History (US)'s drama series "Vikings" will end after its 20-episode sixth season, Deadline reported Jan. 4. The network is reportedly in talks with show creator Michael Hirst and MGM Television for a follow-up series.

* Season two of "Killing Eve" will return to BBC America (US) on April. 7. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer will reprise their roles as Eve and Villanelle. The series is based on the "Codename Villanelle" novellas by Luke Jennings.

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"Killing Eve"
Source: BBC America

* Syfy (US)'s zombie drama series "Z Nation" ended after five seasons, Broadcasting and Cable reported Jan. 2. The final season of the show, which follows a group of survivors in a postapocalyptic world, began airing in October 2018.

* The CW (US) ordered a "Batwoman" pilot for a stand-alone series, which will see former "Orange Is the New Black," alum Ruby Rose as the fictional superhero, Hollywood Reporter reported Jan. 3.

* World War I documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" from Peter Jackson will be screened at more than 1,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada on Jan. 21, according to a Jan. 3 news release.

* Pamela Adlon will direct all 12 episodes of season 3 of FX Network comedy "Better Things," which is set to premiere Feb. 28. "Better Things" is a story about a single mother raising three children in Los Angeles, Broadcasting and Cable reported Jan. 3.

* Season two of "Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings" will roll out on Discovery Inc.'s Discovery Channel (US) on Jan. 14. Race masters "Chuck" and "Boosted" will lead the tracks with their street outlaws crews for a shot at cash and other prizes valued at more than $500,000, Discovery said Jan. 3.

* The current season of Neil deGrasse Tyson's "StarTalk" series on National Geographic Channel (US) is on hold amid sexual misconduct claims against Tyson, Variety reported Jan. 3. The show will remain on hiatus until an investigation is carried out.

* Roku Inc.'s free TV and movie streaming service, The Roku Channel, is adding premium subscriptions. The Roku Channel will soon offer users the option to add more than 25 premium subscriptions from providers, including Showtime (US), Starz (US) and EPIX (US), according to a Jan. 2 news release.

* Showtime renewed "Ray Donovan," featuring Liev Schreiber, for a seventh season. Season six of the show will air its finale Jan. 13, Variety reported Dec. 20.

* "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will return for its sixth season on HBO (US) starting Feb. 17.

* FOX Business Network (US) signed journalist Susan Li as a business correspondent. Li will be based out of FBN's New York headquarters and will cover financial breaking news, according to a Jan. 3 news release. She previously served as co-anchor of CNBC (US)'s "Asia Squawk Box" and "Worldwide Exchange."


* Facebook Inc.'s Watch platform will premiere multipart series "Mormon Love" on Jan. 13, Deadline reported Jan. 4. Filmed across the summer, the series will follow Josie, Garrett, Lexi, Jesse and Braxton as they try to navigate growing up, their religion and the search for their soulmates.

* "The Punisher" will return to Netflix Inc.'s streaming service for a second season Jan. 18, according to a Jan. 3 post on the show's Twitter Inc. platform. The show features Jon Bernthal as Marine veteran Frank Castle who becomes the vigilante known as "The Punisher."

* "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," a British comedy cult classic, is now available on Netflix, Comic Book reported Jan. 3. Monty Python's "Monty Python's Life of Brian" is already streaming on the platform, according to the report.

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"Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Source: Netflix

* Netflix tweeted "Turn Up Charlie," featuring Idris Elba, will come to its platform March. 15. The show will see Elba play a struggling DJ turned nanny.

* "Indiana Jones" movies are streaming on Netflix, as per a tweet by the streaming giant.

* Netflix pulled the second episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" from its streaming service in Saudi Arabia after receiving a complaint from the kingdom, the Financial Times (London) reported Jan. 1. The episode reportedly was critical of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

* Horror film "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is now streaming on Netflix, according to a Jan. 1 tweet.

* Netflix's horror movie "Bird Box" has been streamed by more than 45 million Netflix accounts in its first seven days, the streaming giant disclosed in a Dec. 28, 2018, tweet. The movie, which stars Sandra Bullock, follows a mother and her two children who make a desperate bid to reach safety.

* Netflix will also premiere the third season of supernatural drama "Stranger Things" on July 4, the company said in a Dec. 31, 2018, tweet. The first season was released in July 2016, while the second season premiered on Netflix in October 2017.

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