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TBS sets 'Conan' premiere date; Discovery partners with Ladies European Tour

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

Traditional TV

* Continuing to roll up content for its international streaming golf service that tees off next month, Discovery Inc. reached an extensive rights deal with the Ladies European Tour, a professional golf tour for women. The multiyear, multiplatform deal gives Discovery rights to all Ladies European Tour events, starting in 2019, as well as next year's and the 2021 Solheim Cups, in 25 nations, including Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. The pact bolsters the portfolio for the subscription streaming service Golf TV.

* Comedy series "High Maintenance" will return for its nine-episode third season on HBO (US)'s on Jan. 20, 2019, HBO said Dec. 19. Created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the show uses The Guy, a marijuana dealer, to tell a variety of stories about New York lives, including his own.

* NBA TV (US) will premiere its latest "Players Only" special Dec. 26. Titled "Splash Brothers and Bad Boys," it features a roundtable conversation between Golden State's stars Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry and Detroit's Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, according to a Dec. 19 news release.

* Amblin Television acquired the rights to Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon," a Japanese period psychological thriller, Variety reported Dec. 18. Amblin TV plans to develop it as an anthology series.

* Sky One announced a new six-part comedy series featuring David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed titled "Intelligence." The Sky original production will be internationally distributed by Sky Vision, according to a Dec. 18 news release.

* Conan O'Brien will return as the host of "Conan" on TBS (US) on Jan. 22, 2019. The ninth season of the show will air four nights a week and will return as a half-hour program, Broadcasting & Cable reported Dec. 18.

* George Takei will join the second season of AMC (US) horror drama anthology series "The Terror" as a consultant and series regular. The new season will air on AMC in 2019 with 10 episodes.

* NBCUniversal LLC's "The Voice" will return for season 16 on Feb. 25, 2019 and Feb. 26, 2019 on NBC (US). John Legend will join Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as a coach, while Carson Daly will return as the host, Broadcasting & Cable reported Dec. 18.

* American actor and comedian Timothy Simons will write, executive produce and star in "Exit Plans," for HBO, Variety reported Dec. 18. The half-hour comedy show centers on assisted suicide.

* American author and host of the Food Network (US) program "Barefoot Contessa," Ina Garten, signed a multiyear agreement with Food Network to continue her daytime cooking series, Discovery said Dec. 14.

* The fourth season of "Impossible Engineering" will premiere Jan. 3, 2019. The 10-episode season will look at the Hudson Yards Project in Manhattan, a 16-story hotel built below ground level in Shanghai and a subterranean structure of 337 rooms, among other things, Discovery said Dec. 17.

* CBS (US) show "Elementary," will come to an end after season seven, Deadline reported, Dec. 17. Final season of the "modern-day Sherlock Holmes & Watson" drama consists of 13 episodes.

* HBO's "Brexit," a British television drama film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will debut Jan. 19, 2019. Directed by Toby Haynes, the film is an HBO Films, BBC Studios, Channel 4 (UK) and House Productions presentation, HBO said Dec. 14.

* Discovery Channel (US)'s "Garage Rehab" will premiere Jan. 8, 2019. The new season will follow Richard Rawlings, proprietor of the Gas Monkey Garage, who will travel across the country to find shops in need of restoration. The show is produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Media Group.

* HBO drama series "Strike Back" will begin airing its sixth season Jan. 25, 2019, HBO said Dec. 14.

* HBO on Dec. 13 said production for "Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind" has begun. The documentary, which will debut on HBO in 2020, will explore the life of the American actress through the perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others.

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"Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind"
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* Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon (US) announced "Abby Hatcher," a new animated preschool series created and produced by Spin Master Corp., a Canadian children's entertainment company. The 26-episode series will premiere on Jan. 1, 2019, in the Nick Jr. preschool block. The new series is overseen by executive producers Ronnen Harary and Laura Clunie, Viacom said Dec. 13.

* HBO will debut "O.G." on Feb. 23, 2019, on the main HBO channel. The drama follows a maximum-security prison inmate named Louis who finds himself on the cusp of release. O.G. is an HBO Films drama, directed by Madeleine Sackler and written by Stephen Belber, HBO said Dec. 13.

Streaming

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"14 family-friendly countdowns"
Source: Netflix

* Netflix Inc. is welcoming 2019 with a record number of 14 on-demand countdowns. Starting Dec. 26, users can search "countdowns" on the streaming platform. The full list of 2019 countdowns includes "Alexa and Katie," "Prince of Peoria," "Pinky Malinky," "Motown Magic," "Larva Island," "Beat Bugs," "Skylanders Academy," "Super Monsters," and "True and the Rainbow Kingdom."

* Netflix said Dec. 17 that Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel will lead the voice cast for the "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," which will launch globally on Netflix in 2019.

* Actor Rightor Doyle's "Bonding," a short-form dark comedy series, has been picked up by Netflix. Zoe Levin and Brendan Scannell will star in the seven-episode series.

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