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"Game of Thrones" will return for its final six-episode season in 2019. In addition to allowing the creators sufficient time to produce the eighth season of episodes, the move also allows HBO to focus its promotional efforts on the 2018 Emmy Awards, and will clear a space for the second season of returning sci-fi drama series "Westworld." It's possible that George R.R. Martin could release the next book in the series, "The Winds of Winter," prior to the release of the final run of shows. (Martin also has plans for a final book, "A Dream of Spring.") No specific release date for the eighth season of "Game of Thrones" has yet been set. Meanwhile, Netflix and SyFy announced plans to collaborate on a new series based on "Nightflyers," a sci-fi novella also written by Martin. – EW

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Hulu has ordered a 2-season revival of the classic '90s animated series "Animaniacs," set to debut in 2020. Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer for the new episodes. As part of the deal, Hulu will become the exclusive streaming platform for original "Animaniacs" episodes, along with the spin-off show "Pinky and the Brain" and "Tiny Toon Adventures." The original series debuted back in 1993. – DEADLINE

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The first guest on David Letterman's upcoming Netflix chat series will be former president Barack Obama. Six episodes of "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" will debut on Netflix, one per month, and will find the former late night mainstay speaking at length with a single subject outside of a conventional studio. Other first season guests include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay Z, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern. Letterman retired from hosting "The Late Show" in 2015. This will be Obama's first talk show appearance since leaving office. – VERGE

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TiVo introduced its new streaming service, Next-Gen Platform, capable of playing recorded content from cable providers alongside original streaming shows. Next-Gen Platform will be available on a variety of devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Android TV, and TiVo also has plans to integrate the system with smart TVs and cable boxes in the future. They're also hoping to market Next-Gen Platform to cable providers, which would enable them to provide consumers with features like personalized recommendations and voice control. – ENGADGET

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Netflix confirmed this week that it will produce a sequel to "Bright," the critically lambasted Will Smith fantasy-cop film. Early reports indicated that Netflix had greenlit a "Bright" sequel before the film had even debuted in December. According to numbers collected by Nielsen, which Netflix disavows, about 11 million households watched "Bright" in its first three days online. Director David Ayer, along with stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, are expected to return for the new film, but screenwriter Max Landis - who wrote the first movie - will not be part of the follow-up. – FORTUNE

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Amazon announced that it will shut down Anime Strike, its standalone anime streaming service, and will integrate much of the content into the Amazon Prime platform. Anime Strike charged a $5 monthly subscription fee, and offered some exclusive content. The company will also eliminate the Heera standalone service, dedicated to Indian shows and films, and will integrate this content into the main Prime offering as well. – VERGE

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Check out the NSFW trailer for "End of the F***ing World," the eight-part UK series debuting today on Netflix. The show stars Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden as James and Alyssa, troubled teens who go on a crime spree together. It's based on a comic by Charles S. Forsman. USA Today notes that the show can sometimes get "lost stewing in its own nihilism," but praises it for "weirdness [that] leads to surprise and innovation." Uproxx calls it "a very UK take on a classic American type of story." Daily Beast argues that beyond the morbid humor and "anarchic cynicism" lies a "heartwarming romance." – USAT

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Deadline reported that Helena Bonham Carter is under consideration for the role of Princess Margaret on Season 3 of Netflix's "The Crown." Netflix has not commented on the story. Vanessa Kirby played Princess Margaret on the show's first two seasons. Third and fourth seasons of "The Crown" have not yet been formally ordered, but are considered very likely, and Olivia Coleman has already been tapped to take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy. – DEADLINE

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The full run of iconic TV drama "Lost" is now available to stream on Hulu. "Lost" had been available on Netflix since 2010, when its six year run on TV ended, but left the platform in late 2017. The move is part of an overall trend that finds Netflix focusing on its own original content, and leaving competitors like Hulu to pick up the rights to classic shows. "Lost" concerns the survivors of a plane crash who find themselves on a mysterious, inexplicable island. – SLASHFILM

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WHAT'S COMING TO NETFLIX THIS JANUARY

Another month, another opportunity to look ahead at the new shows and films coming to the most popular streaming platform this month. (Reminder, this only includes scripted series and stand-up comedy. If you want to hear more about non-fiction programming, you have to sign up for the Premium version of Inside Streaming here.)

DEVILMAN CRYBABY: An original Netflix anime series, this is based on the manga "Devilman" by Go Nagai. It's about a man who bonds his soul with a demon, thus allowing him to fight other demons. It premieres on January 5.

DISJOINTED: This critically panned pot comedy from producer Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory") returns to Netflix on January 12. Technically, the platform had ordered 20 original episodes, and broke them into two parts, so this isn't so much a second season as the back half of Season 1's episodes. 

THE POLKA KING: Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a Polish-American band leader convicted of running a Ponzi scheme in 2004, in this dark comedy that's based on 2009 documentary. It debuts on January 12. (That documentary, "The Man Who Would be Polka King," is also debuting on Netflix on the same day.) 

TOM SEGURA: DISGRACEFUL: Stand-up Segura's second Netflix special, filmed at Denver's Paramount Theater, hits Netflix on January 12 as well. (His previous special, "Mostly Stories," can be found here.)

RITA: Season 4 of this Danish comedy series, about an unconventional single mother and teacher, arrives on January 16. (The show is so popular in Denmark, it already has a spin-off series, "Hjørdis," about students putting on a play.)

BAD DAY FOR THE CUT: This thriller follows a middle-aged Irish farmer who goes on a mission of revenge after his mother is murdered. The film debuted at the 2017 Sundance festival, and hits Netflix on January 18.

GRACE AND FRANKIE: Season 4 of Netflix's breakout hit sitcom, about the close friendship between two women whose husbands left them for one another, debuts on January 19. "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow joins the cast for the new season.

THE OPEN HOUSE: Dylan Minnette ("13 Reasons Why") stars in this original thriller, about a teen and his mother who face "threatening forces" after moving into an empty house in the mountains. It arrives on January 19.

TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON!: This original animated series, inspired by the 2016 film "Trolls," lands on Netflix on January 19. Only Ron Funches, as Cooper, reprises his role from the film. 

TODD GLASS: ACT HAPPY!: The high-energy comedian returns with a new special on January 23. Topics include the show "House Hunters" and the 2010 heart attack Glass suffered backstage at the Largo theater in Los Angeles. 

ACTS OF VENGEANCE: This thriller stars Antonio Banderas as a man who takes a vow of silence until he can avenge the murder of his family. It lands on January 25. 

A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE: David Wain's unconventional biopic stars Will Forte as National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney. After debuting at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, "Stupid Gesture" arrives on Netflix on January 26. 

KAVIN JAY: EVERYBODY CALM DOWN!: The Malaysian comedian's first Netflix special debuts on January 26 as well.

LLAMA LLAMA: This new Netflix animated series is based on the popular children's book series of the same name by Anna Dewdney. Jennifer Garner provides the voice of Mama Llama. Season 1 drops on January 26.

ONE DAY AT A TIME: The second season of the Normal Lear reboot series, following the ups and downs of the Cuban-American Alvarez family, arrives on January 26. 

THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS: A sixth season of this animated series, spun off from the "Shrek" films, hits Netflix on January 26 as well.

BABYLON BERLIN: This German-language crime drama from co-director Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") is the most expensive non-English language series ever produced. The show is based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher, and is set in Berlin in the 1920s. The first two seasons hit Netflix on January 30.

DEATH RACE: BEYOND ANARCHY: The fourth film in the rebooted "Death Race" franchise speeds on to Netflix on January 30. Zach McGowan, Danny Glover, and Danny Trejo star.

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