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ABC loses Indianapolis 500 after 54 years; Netflix to stream motor series

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


* Walt Disney Co.'s ABC (US) lost the rightsrights to the Indianapolis 500 after a period of 54 years. Comcast Corp.'s NBC Sports Inc. inked a multiyear deal with INDYCAR to become the circuit's exclusive media rights holder. NBC (US) will broadcast the Indianapolis 500 for the first time on May 26, 2019, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting & Sports, said in a March 21 official post.

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Source: NBC Sports

* CNBC (US) will debut three new event series this spring. Breakfast series "Capital Exchange" will premiere May 1, "Disruptor50 Road Show" will premiere May 23, while three-part, half-day event series "@Work" will debut June 20, according to a March 21 news release.

* CBS Corp.'s CBS Television Studios struck a new overall agreement with Barbara Hall, creator and showrunner of the CBS (US) drama "Madam Secretary," Variety reported March 21. Under the three-year agreement, Hall will continue as showrunner and executive producer of "Madam Secretary" and will develop new projects for the studio as well.

* Time Warner Inc.'s HBO (US) will air two-part music documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" April 14. The documentary features photos, footage and more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew Elvis Presley or who were profoundly influenced by him, according to a March 16 news release.

* Drama series "The Sinner" will return for a second season on USA (US) in the summer, according to an official March 16 blog post. The eight-episode season, from Universal Cable Productions, will star Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose, who will investigate the case of an 11-year-old boy who kills his parents with no apparent motive. The series also stars Jessica Biel.

* Disney Junior green-lighted animated series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" for a third season. It will premiere on the Disney Channel (US) April 13, according to a March 15 news release. New episodes will also be available on the DisneyNOW app and Disney Junior video on demand.

* Viacom Inc.'s MTV (US) will air a U.S. version of reality series "Ex on the Beach" April 19. The series, which will be hosted by rapper and actor Romeo, will feature 10 episodes, MTV said March 15. The U.S. series will also air across MTV's channels internationally.

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"Mickey and the Roadster Racers"
Source: Disney Junior

* Cinemax will exclusively air a six-part limited series "Rellik" April 13. The series, told in reverse, stars Gabriel Markham as a relentless U.K. police detective bent on tracking down the serial killer who left him physically and emotionally scarred after an acid attack, according to a March 13 press release.


* Google Inc.'s YouTube Red plans to premiere its upcoming original movie"Vulture Club" in theaters, Multichannel News reported March 21. The movie, starring actresses Susan Sarandon and Edie Falco, will be released on YouTube Red following its theatrical debut later this year.

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"Fastest Car"
Source: Netflix Inc.

* Inc. will exclusively stream "All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines" April 6 on Prime Video. The series follows the never-before-seen inner workings of the winningest program in college football, chronicling Michigan's 2017 season, the company said March 20.

* Netflix Inc. will premiere its first global original motor series, "Fastest Car," April 6. Each episode of the series will show three "souped-up" "sleeper" cars taking on one of the world's most sought-after supercars, the company said March 20.

* Netflix picked up original documentary series "Bobby Kennedy For President." The series directed by Dawn Porter will premiere on the streaming service April 27, according to a March 16 news release.

* Netflix renewed "Travelers" for a third season. The sci-fi drama series will start shooting its third season this month in Vancouver, the company said March 15.

* ESPN (US) acquired an untitled documentary series that will follow members of the National Basketball Association's 2017-18 rookie class, Variety reported March 13. The eight-episode series will exclusively stream on ESPN Plus.