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HBO to air Michael Jackson documentary; 'Criminal Minds' to end after season 15

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

Traditional TV

* WE tv (US) announced a live TV event for its series, "Growing Up Hip Hop," with a two-hour interactive special airing on Jan. 17, according to a Jan. 14 news release. The live TV event will be hosted by Sherri Shepherd and feature two surprise guests.

* WGN America (US) will launch "Dog's Most Wanted," a bounty hunter series featuring Duane "Dog" Chapman and his team of professionals in search of wanted fugitives, the network said Jan. 14. Produced by Dorsey Pictures, the show will begin production in early 2019.

* The biggest pay-per-view event of January is expected to be the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner matchup, another Showtime PPV distributed show. Presented by Fathom Events and Showtime PPV, the live broadcast is set to air on Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET.

* Sportscasters Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will do the play-by-play for the Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 on CBS (US), Broadcasting & Cable reported Jan. 10. CBS will stream the Super Bowl on its over-the-top platform CBS All Access. The network will also have 7 hours of pre-game before kick-off, including "The Super Bowl Today" show.

* OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (US) will air "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square," a live podcast event at PlayStation Theater in New York City featuring inspiring thought leaders and modern day influencers, on Feb. 5.

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"Leaving Neverland"
Source: Channel 4

* HBO and Channel 4 (UK) will debut "Leaving Neverland," a two-part documentary chronicling two young boys who were befriended by pop legend Michael Jackson, HBO said Jan. 10. Dan Reed directed the Channel 4 and HBO co-production. The documentary will premiere on HBO and Channel 4 later this year.

* "Criminal Minds" will end after season 15 on CBS, TV Guide reported Jan. 10. The final season will have 10 episodes and the finale will air Feb. 6.

* "Caught in Providence," a court show featuring 82-year-old Judge Frank Caprio, will return for a second season, Broadcasting & Cable reported Jan. 10. The season reportedly renewed in "nearly 90% of the country."

* AMC Networks Inc.'s IFC Films LLC acquired the rights to "The Nightingale" from BRON Studios, Causeway Films and Made Up Stories, AMC said Jan. 9. "The Nightingale" follows a young Irish convict woman who is desperate to flee her abusive master.

* "2 Dope Queens" will return to HBO for a second season of four themed hourlong specials on Feb. 8, HBO said Jan. 9. "2 Dope Queens" is based on a podcast of the same name and will feature comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. The show will also host guests including Daniel Radcliffe and Keegan-Michael Key.

* Boomerang (US) will begin streaming the "Care Bears" animated series on Feb. 1. The characters of the show are based on American greeting cards from 1981, Broadcasting & Cable reported Jan. 8.

* HBO will debut the film "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists" on Jan. 28. The film follows American journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in New York during the 20th century. The duo have covered news including the Kennedy assassinations, the Bernhard Goetz and Son of Sam killings and the AIDS crisis, according to a Jan. 8 news release.

* Network Media Group Inc. and Network Entertainment Inc. partnered with executive producers John Varvatos, Iggy Pop and EPIX for a four-part docu-series premiering on EPIX on March. 11. The docu-series will explore the history of punk and include voice overs from some of America's punk pioneers, according to a Jan. 8 news release.

* Bret Baier signed a new multiyear deal with FOX News Channel (US) and will continue as anchor and executive editor of "Special Report," in addition to being chief political anchor of the network, according to a Jan. 8 news release. Baier has interviewed President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also co-moderated the first GOP presidential debate in 2016.

* Action series "Strike Back" will kick off its sixth season on HBO on Jan. 25, HBO said Jan. 8. Filmed entirely in Malaysia, the new season surrounds a Russian bomber crashing in the South China Sea.

* HBO will debut Comedian Amanda Seales's hourlong comedy special "Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin" on Jan. 26. The special will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners streaming platforms, HBO said Jan. 7.

* AMC's streaming service for horror, Shudder, announced the premiere of "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror," its first original documentary feature. The film will premiere exclusively on Shudder on Feb. 7, AMC said Jan. 7.

Streaming

* Hulu LLC began showing "Fyre Fraud," a documentary about the Fyre Festival music festival, Polygon reported Jan. 14. Netflix Inc. will also stream its own version of the disastrous Fyre Festival on Jan. 18.

* Netflix acquired global rights to rom-com "The Perfect Date," which follows Brooks Rattigan, played by Noah Centineo, who creates a dating app to raise funds for college, Netflix said Jan. 11.

* "The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" will stream on Netflix on Jan. 17, Refinery29 reported Jan. 6.

* Season 2 of "Friends From College," a Netflix comedy series starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon and Fred Savage, began airing on the streaming platform. The eight-episode season follows six Harvard alums in their 40s living in New York, Broadcasting & Cable reported.

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"Friends From College"
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* Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco's stand-up special "Stay Hungry" will debut on Netflix on Jan. 15, Vulture reported Jan. 7.

* Netflix greenlit "Shadow and Bone," an eight-episode series based on Leigh Bardugo's "Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows" fantasy novels. Eric Heisserer will adapt and serve as showrunner for the series, Netflix said Jan. 10.