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Laughs? The Na­tional Geo­graphic Chan­nel said Wed­nes­day that it is mak­ing its first com­edy — a minis­eries, “His­tory of the World … For Now,” that takes on the broad­est of pos­si­ble top­ics with the help of car­toons, pup­pets and the like. It is ex­pected to air next win­ter.

“Gi­ant”: A new doc­u­men­tary ex­am­ines the Mex­i­can Amer­i­can child ac­tors who ap­peared in the 1956 movie “Gi­ant” with Rock Hud­son, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and James Dean, but were later forced to view the film in seg­re­gated the­aters. “Chil­dren of Gi­ant” kicks off a new sea­son of the “PBS Vo­ces” se­ries on Fri­day.

Re­newals: HBO an­nounced that “Veep,” star­ring Emmy win­ner Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus as Vice Pres­i­dent (and later Pres­i­dent) Selina Meyer, will re­turn for its fifth sea­son with­out se­ries cre­ator Ar­mando Ian­nucci, who will be re­placed as show run­ner by “Curb Your En­thu­si­asm” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer David Man­del. “Sil­i­con Val­ley,” the satire of the tech in­dus­try, will re­turn for a third sea­son with its show run­ners, Mike Judge and Alec Berg.

Cannes: French actress and film­maker Em­manuelle Ber­cot’s com­ing-of-age drama, “La Tete Haute,” will open the 2015 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val on May 13, mark­ing the first time since 1987 that a fe­male direc­tor’s film will open the pro­ceed­ings.

White: For all the fans who caught Jack White’s sear­ing set at Coachella, sa­vor it: That might be the last time you see him for a while. White has an­nounced that he will be tak­ing an ex­tended break from tour­ing af­ter a small run of up­com­ing shows, which in­clude Coachella’s closing week­end.

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