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.