During her life, Elizabeth Taylor was known as much for her offscreen exploits as she was for her onscreen work, and public interest in her personal life hasn’t waned now that she’s passed. Last year, Lifetime brought us the tawdry, Lindsay Lohan-starring version of the Taylor story: Liz & Dick. This year, the BBC is preparing its own take titled Burton & Taylor, with the considerably more talented Helena Bonham Carter stepping into the lead role. Dominic West will play her erstwhile husband and lover. Hit the jump for more.

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The end is nigh for 30 Rock, but fear not — the TGS gang will live on as a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of some sort. Also after the jump:

  • Girl Meets World casts the offspring of Cory and Topanga
  • There might be a Malcom in the Middle reunion on Breaking Bad, kinda
  • Girls and Enlightened episodes work around the Super Bowl with online debuts
  • Shameless, House of Lies, Californication, Ripper Street and Banshee get renewed
  • Glen Mazzara says to “ask AMC” why he was kicked off The Walking Dead

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A year and half after Harry Potter and Voldemort had their final showdown at the movies, author J.K. Rowling is getting ready to head to the small screen. The BBC has struck a deal to adapt The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s first post-Potter work and her first adult publication. Don’t expect golden Snitches and hippogriffs this time around — the book is a relatively realistic affair, set in contemporary non-magical (some would say Muggle) England. More details after the jump.

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TV-related odds and ends after the jump, including:

  • How will Community handle Chevy Chase‘s departure?
  • Who wants to attend the first ever CommuniCon?
  • The Colbert Report is doing a Hobbit theme week
  • 50 Cent is developing a new hourlong drama for Starz
  • Brad Pitt is producing an HBO series about a debt collector
  • BBC One plans a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries
  • NBC schedules Grimm‘s return and Do No Harm‘s premiere
  • Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be on The Simpsons
  • American Horror Story reveals the present-day Bloody Face

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This extra-British installment of TV Bits includes updates on across-the-pond favorites Sherlock and Downton Abbey — but not all of it is good news. After the jump:

  • BBC’s Sherlock might not come back until 2014
  • Downton Abbey gets picked up for a fourth season
  • … but Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley may be out
  • Watch the trailer for BBC America’s Ripper Street
  • HIMYM is getting a special hourlong Christmas episode
  • A Two and a Half Men star urges viewers to stop watching his show
  • The Daily Show is losing correspondent Wyatt Cenac
  • Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel join Girl Meets World
  • Beyonce will direct a documentary about herself for HBO
  • Get your first peek at Patton Oswalt on FX’s Justified
  • HBO’s Girls reveals the first images from Season 2
  • See how BSG: Blood and Chrome made its green screen universe
  • AMC warns FiOS customers that they could lose AMC channels

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Winter is coming, both in the regular winter-related sense and also in the sense that Game of Thrones‘ Season 3 premiere is slowly but surely approaching. After the jump:

  • Jesse Plemons heads to HBO’s Cold War series The Missionary
  • Lauren Ash joins Rebel Wilson and Liza Lapira in Super Fun Night
  • Mark Wahlberg creates a The Fighter-inspired reality show for A&E
  • CBS cancels Partners; ABC nixes 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort
  • See some dark early concept art from Bryan Fuller‘s Mockingbird Lane
  • HBO reveals its first not very revealing teaser for Game of Thrones
  • Enjoy a trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen”

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More details emerge on that Boy Meets World sequel, and you may be surprised to learn what Cory’s up to these days. Also after the jump:

  • Christopher Lloyd brings his DeLorean to Raising Hope
  • SpongeBob gets stop-motioned for a holiday special
  • See the sexy first trailer for Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons
  • James Cameron is producing a climate-change doc
  • Diablo Cody sells a Millenial/GenX comedy to ABC
  • Elementary lands the plum post-Super Bowl slot
  • Luther is getting a third season with four episodes
  • 24‘s Jack and Renee will reunite on Fox’s Touch
  • Fringe sets an early 2013 date for its series finale

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Between American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy, almost half of this post is FX teasers. After the jump:

  • Syfy will reboot the Brit cult sci-fi series Blake’s 7
  • Fox picks up a new comedy by the Parks & Rec team
  • Dwight-centric Office spinoff The Farm begins casting
  • Jessica De Gouw joins The CW’s Arrow as the Huntress
  • See Breaking Bad stars on old episodes of Seinfeld
  • Doctor Who gets a premiere date and a new trailer
  • Watch three more trailers for FX’s Sons of Anarchy
  • See more creepy teasers for American Horror Story

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This special edition of TV Bits looks to the future, with several bits of info about new projects in development. After the jump:

  • Kelsey Grammer produces a Freakonomics-inspired drama for NBC
  • Warren Ellis‘ crime novel Gun Machine is being adapted for TV by Fox
  • Fox is developing a television adaptation of Danny Boyle‘s The Beach
  • The CW is prepping its own contemporary take on Sleepy Hollow
  • FX picks up The Americans, a Cold War drama starring Keri Russell
  • Luther creator Neil Cross and the BBC consider an Alice-centric spinoff
  • Terry Crews‘ Camacho could feature in a web-based Idiocracy spinoff

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