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* Time Warner Inc.'s HBO (US) won 12 Golden Globe nominations for the upcoming 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. "Big Little Lies" received six nominations, "The Wizard of Lies" received two nominations and "The Deuce," "Insecure," and "The Young Pope" received one nomination each, the network said Dec. 11. "Game of Thrones," meanwhile, was nominated in the best television series – drama category.

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"Game of Thrones"
Source: HBO

* "The Launch" will premiere on Bell Media Inc.'s CTV and CTV GO on Jan. 10, 2018. The original music series and international TV format will air in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much. The series will also air in French on VRAK day and date with CTV, the company said Dec. 11.

* Discovery Communications Inc.'s TLC (US) will premiere the fourth season of "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" on Jan. 2, 2018. The new season follows Whitney Thore as she juggles her career with the demands of her family and friends, in addition to managing her personal struggle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, the company said Dec. 7.

* "Tesla," a new series based on the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla, will premiere Jan. 2, 2018, on Discovery Channel (US). The series will also be available on Science (US), starting Jan. 8, according to a Dec. 7 news release. All episodes will be available on Discovery Go.

* Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s EPIX (US) placed a third-season order for spy drama "Berlin Station." The premium network aired the season finale of the second season on Dec. 3, according to a Dec. 6 news release.

* Escape (US) struck a multiyear licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for rights to drama series "Without a Trace." Escape will launch the series with a 12-episode telecast starting at noon ET on New Year's Day, according to a Dec. 6 news release.

* Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.'s HGTV (US) renewed "Desert Flippers" for a third season. Set to premiere in July 2018, the show, which will feature 14 episodes, will follow Eric and Lindsey Bennett as they transform rundown homes in Palm Springs, Calif., into desert retreats, according to a Dec. 6 news release.

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"Without a Trace"
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* HBO will exclusively premiere historical thriller "Gunpowder" on Dec. 18 in the U.S. Starring Kit Harington and Liv Tyler, the miniseries is about a plot to blow up the House of Lords and kill Britain's King James I in the early 17th century, HBO said Dec. 5.

* Comcast Corp.'s USA (US) placed a third-season order for "Shooter," Variety reported Dec. 4. The series stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, a highly decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President.

* CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International licensed the first-window broadcast rights to Sky U.K. for new drama "Seal Team" and new midseason series "Instinct." "Seal Team" will be broadcast on Sky One and "Instinct" on Sky Living in 2018, the company said Dec. 1.


* Netflix Inc. unveiled its slate of original documentary shorts for 2018. The company said Dec. 11 that it will stream "Ram Dass, Going Home" on April 6, "Ladies First" on March 9, "The Trader (Sovdagari)" on Feb. 9, and "End Game" on May 4.

* Netflix will premiere the second season of "Marvel's Jessica Jones" on March 8, 2018, according to a Dec. 9 tweet. The new season will feature 13 episodes, according to a Variety report.

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"Marvel's Jessica Jones"
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* Cinedigm Corp. picked up distribution rights to "The Wonderama Christmas Special." The original special is now available on Cinedigm's Dove Channel, the company said Dec. 6.

* Inc.'s Amazon Studios bought U.S. rights to multigenerational love story "Life, Itself" with a more than $10 million bid, reported Dec. 5. The drama has been directed and written by "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman.

* Netflix will stream an eight-episode French comedy series in 2018. The series follows a group of friends who rally around their perpetually single girlfriend Elsa, who cannot seem to figure out why she is so unlucky in love, the streaming giant said Dec. 4.

* Netflix ordered 20-episodes for an untitled "Sabrina" series based on the Archie comics graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," the company said Dec. 1. The drama series will follow Sabrina as she struggles to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against evil forces.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant renewed "Stranger Things" for a third season, the company said Dec. 1. The series is based in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., where a secret government lab accidentally opens a door to another dimension referred to as the "Upside Down."

* Univision Communications Inc.'s Univision (US) aired "El Chapo Ilimitado," a live show on Facebook Inc.'s platform, for "El Chapo" season two finale on Dec. 3. Presented by AT&T Inc., the pre-show recapped moments from each episode on Univision for the season two finale, the company said Dec. 1.