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

Traditional TV

* CBS (US) will air the entire first season of "The Good Fight" beginning June 16, Deadline reported May 29. The CBS All Access series is a spinoff of "The Good Wife" and picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of "The Good Wife."

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"The Good Fight"
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* Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in Genius Brands International Inc.'s new animated TV series "Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten," Variety reported May 29. Schwarzenegger will be the co-executive producer, in addition to lending his voice as the lead character of Arnold Armstrong. In the show, Arnold Armstrong, who was an average gym teacher before he was imbued with superpowers, becomes Captain Courage, one of Earth's greatest protectors, the report said.

* Comcast Corp. unveiled a commercial-free, on-demand movie service called Hitz. The service will be part of Xfinity Premier, Super and other TV packages at no additional cost and will feature more than 200 movies from a variety of studios.

* Actress and comedian Regina Hall will host the 2019 "BET Awards" show, Bet Networks said May 29. "BET Awards" celebrates artists, entertainers and athletes across 20 categories, including best male hip-hop artist, video of the year and best collaboration. The 2019 "BET Awards" will air live on June 23 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. on BET (US).

* The third installment of HBO (US)'s "Divorce" will begin July 1, Broadcasting Cable reported May 28. The new season will consist of six episodes. Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a woman involved in a nasty divorce, while Thomas Haden Church portrays her ex.

* CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International has struck a content licensing tie-up with Russian online video service Amedia TV, Hollywood Reporter reported May 27. The multiyear deal will enable Amedia TV to carry a range of CBS All Access content, while also securing exclusive rights to series such as "Black Monday" and "House of Lies."

* NBC (US) has canceled single-camera comedy show "AP Bio" after just two seasons, Variety reported May 25. Glenn Howerton starred in the show as a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar forced to work as a high school biology teacher after losing out on his dream job.

Streaming

* NBC News is officially entering the streaming video news service fray with NBC News NOW, a precursor to a larger streaming effort NBCUniversal Media LLC plans to launch next year. The service, announced in March and soft-launched in recent weeks, opened its 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. launch window on May 29. It added programming earlier than expected to cover a press conference by Robert Mueller, the special counsel whose team investigated allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump and his 2016 election campaign.

* AMC Networks Inc.'s horror- and thriller-themed streaming service Shudder announced a new podcast that will premiere May 31. The first episode of "Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah" will feature a conversation with filmmaker Taika Waititi, according to a May 29 news release. All episodes will be made available exclusively for Shudder members June 3.

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"Jessica Jones"
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* Netflix Inc. will premiere the third and final season of "Marvel's Jessica Jones" on June 14, Marvel Entertainment announced in a tweet. The series stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Anne Moss.

* Amazon.com Inc.'s Amazon Studios will co-produce drama series "The Wilds" with ABC Signature Studios, Variety reported May 28. "The Wilds" follows a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds after an airplane crash strands them on a deserted island. The show is Amazon's second series aimed at young adults that the streamer has picked up along with the dramas "Panic" and "College."

* Netflix has greenlighted "Paranormal," its new original Middle Eastern series. The series, based on books by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, is set in the 1960s and follows lead character Dr. Refaat Ismail, a hematologist faced with a series of supernatural events, the company said May 27.

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