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HBO sets 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' return date; ABC cancels 'Reef Break'

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

Traditional TV

* ABC (US) canceled drama series "Reef Break" after one season, Variety reported. The drama starred Poppy Montgomery as Cat Chambers, a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a Pacific island paradise. The series debuted in June and aired 13 episodes.

* The Walt Disney Co.'s Walt Disney Television renewed Tamron Hall's self-titled daytime talk show for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter reported. "Tamron Hall" has reportedly been cleared in about 80% of the country for next season, with ABC-owned stations and Hearst Television Inc. stations serving as the flagship groups for the series.

* The fourth and final season of comedy show "Brockmire" will premiere on IFC (US) in March 2020, Variety reported. The final season will wrap up with eight episodes. "Brockmire" follows Jim Brockmire, played by Hank Azaria, as a famed major league baseball announcer who suffered a public breakdown after discovering his wife's infidelity.

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"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
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* Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will return exclusively to HBO (US) on Jan. 19, 2020. David will once again play a fictionalized version of himself as he stumbles from one faux pas to the next. The comedy show will see the return of series regulars, including Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis and JB Smoove.

* Comedy Central (US) picked up Anthony Jeselnik's comedic interview show for an eight-episode second season, Variety reported. Season 1 of "Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik" premiered in September. Over its six episodes, the first season saw Jeselnik sit down for conversations with David Spade, Kristen Schaal, Kumail Nanjiani and Natasha Leggero, among other celebrity guests.

* Showtime (US) set Jan. 26, 2020, as the premiere date for season 5 of political documentary series "The Circus," reported. The political docuseries covers the events of Washington, D.C. The show confirmed the news on its Twitter page.

* TLC (US) will air "Hot & Heavy," a docuseries about men who love plus-size women, on Jan. 7, 2020, Broadcasting & Cable reported. The program will follow three couples in three one-hour episodes.

* NBC News and MSNBC (US) will host a Democratic presidential primary debate Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. The debate will be hosted in partnership with the Nevada Independent newspaper. This will be the third NBC News debate of the 2020 presidential election cycle.


* Disney+ streaming service will premiere its original series "Diary of a Future President" on Jan. 17, 2020, Broadway World reported. The series follows Elena, a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl, as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and begins her journey to become the future president of the U.S.

* Inc.'s Prime Video app is now available on DISH Network Corp.'s Hopper 3 box. The Amazon Prime app on Hopper 3 will allow customers to stream Amazon Originals from the same platform as the DISH TV programming. Prime Video is available to all Hopper 3 customers and accessible via the app menu or DISH voice remote. Amazon's 4K content is also available to Hopper 3 customers with a 4K TV.

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* Netflix Inc. ordered an eight-episode second season of comedy series "Special," The Hollywood Reporter reported. Based on Ryan O'Connell's book "I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves," the series follows a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity. Netflix confirmed the news in a tweet.

* ViacomCBS Inc.'s CBS All Access picked up "Star Trek: Picard" for a second season, over a month before the debut of the show's first season, Variety reported. Season 1 of "Star Trek: Picard" will premiere on CBS All Access on Jan. 23, 2020. The show stars Patrick Stewart as he reprises his role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

* Amazon Studios ordered a fourth season of comedy show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." The news comes after the third season of the show premiered Dec. 6 on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

* In other Netflix news, the streaming service greenlighted a new scripted series about music streaming company Spotify AB. The limited series, inspired by the book "Spotify Untold" by authors Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, will take a look at how Spotify became one of the world's leading music services.

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