Today’s TV Bits is a severely mixed bag, as we get updates on two returning shows and a few other shows that are dead or close to it. After the jump:

  • NBC confirms that Community will be back in the spring
  • AMC sets a return date for Mad Men
  • Showtime releases the season premieres of Shameless and Californication online
  • Fox cancels Allen Gregory, begins developing new late-night animated block
  • Fox’s Fringe seems likely to get cancelled
  • Fox decides against Glee spin-off, but devises a plan to keep its biggest stars on the show.

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The programing schedule for the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con international will begin to be revealed later this week. But for now, we’re starting to get a glimpse at some of the panels and programing to expect at this year’s con. Universal Pictures, Summit Entertainment and Showtime have announced their panels, which will include a presence from movies such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Paul, Red, Drive Angry 3D, and television series such as Dexter, Weeds, Californication and Nurse Jackie. Read the full details, after the jump.
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the films at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

Buy It

Adventureland does not redefine coming-of-age movies. It tells a familiar tale, and it does so with a number of story elements that we’ve seen many times before.

It’s also far better than most of its competition.

Watching Adventureland, it’s obvious that this is a very personal film for writer/director Greg Mottola. It’s real. It’s relatable. It’s charming, sweet and thoroughly engaging from start to finish. The film has plenty of laughs too, but making “silly gags” the focus of the film’s marketing campaign was a mistake. As much as the studios may want to make the film look like the next Superbad (which Mottola also directed), it simply isn’t. The jokes don’t feel like calculated gags intended to make you burst into tears with laughter. The humor has a more natural flow, always present in the interactions of the characters and the inherent comedy of the situations, but never detracting from the heart of the story: the relationship between the two young leads, played to perfection by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. If you’re going into the film expecting something else, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary with director Greg Mottola and actor Jesse Eisenberg, deleted scenes, a Just My Life: The Making Of Adventureland featurette, and a Picture Music Selection feature. Blu-ray – Everything on the DVD, plus 3 additional features (“Frigo’s Ball Tap”, “Lisa P’s Guide To Style”, “Welcome to Adventureland”), and a digital copy of the film.

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This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

As disappointed as I was personally by Be Kind Rewind, the latest film from director Michel Gondry (of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame), there’s no denying that the film’s garnered a positive response amongst both audiences and critics, and thus, it would be unfair of me to label it under “The Bad.” The premise is undeniably terrific: two video store employees find their tapes completely erased and decide to resolve the problem by shooting their own zero-budget remakes. If nothing else, I’m glad this film was made because it led to the wondrous filmmaking development known as “sweding,” which has led to such hilarious reworkings of classics as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The only extra offered here is a featurette that essentially acts as a tribute to the town where the film was set. Additionally, there’s been one scene added to the film for the DVD, dubbed “Michel Gondry’s Added Train Scene.” It’s unfortunate that not even the full uncut “sweded” films have been made available, which I’m sure many fans would have loved to see.

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For those who enjoy warm, heartfelt dramas and don’t mind having to read subtitles, this intimate tale exploring illegal immigration from the perspective of a mother and young boy attempting to reunite across the Mexican/US Border is definitely worthy of a rental. Like so many dramas of its kind, it’s said to be sentimental and manipulative, but those things can be overlooked in favor of the solid lead performances and touching storytelling.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a couple making-of featurettes.

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What? Bonus Disc
Where? Target

Showtime’s crude, edgy sitcom is gathering all 12 episodes of its first season and heading to DVD. The show stars David Duchovny as a drug-sex-and-booze-loving LA writer who hates his job and finds himself at a loss trying to handle his relationship with his daughter and ex-girlfriend. The critical response so far has been mostly positive, claiming that the show is brisk, charmingly crass, and that it has just enough wit to sustain it.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Nothing, unless you count Showtime’s default inclusion of two other TV show episodes (the ones here being from Dexter and The Tudors).

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What? Bonus Disc
Where? Target

The Bad

Kate Hudson may be attractive, but she’s got nothing on Jessica Alba, and seeing as how Alba was the only good thing about Into the Blue, which Fool’s Gold is basically identical to, that doesn’t bode well for the film’s quality. Add to that an utter lack of chemistry among its lead stars and gags that only qualify as comedy in the loosest sense of the word, and you have yourself one hell of a forgettable 90 minutes.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A gag reel and a featurette detailing the repairing of McConaughey and Hudson.

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With a 3.2 out of 10 ranking on IMDB as of writing this, it’s hard to tell whether Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is actually even worse the trailers indicated or there’s just some major backlash over African American-based comedies following the increased popularity of Tyler Perry films. Whatever the case, I think we can be rest assured that there’s no harm in skipping yet another Martin Lawrence film, because the prospect of it being stomach-churningly awful continues to remain several times more likely than it being halfway decent.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of, and reflections from the cast on their own experiences returning home after becoming a success.

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In case you were wondering what happened to that terrible-looking Antonio Banderas/Meg Ryan action-romantic-comedy about an up-and-coming FBI agent who’s given the task of finding out if his mom’s boyfriend is a prominent gang leader, the answer lies on DVD, where it’s been dumped without even the slightest attempt at making it look like anything beyond the turd it’s guaranteed to be. For the unsuspecting, the high profile cast alone will probably convince people to give it a rent, but hopefully hearing the film’s laughably silly premise will encourage people to look elsewhere.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.

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Also available this week…
Chaos Theory – Rails & Ties – Just Add Water – Jericho (Season 2) – Super High Me – The Sword in the Stone (45th Anniversary Special Edition) – ER (Season 9) – Burn Notice (Season 1) – So I Married an Axe Murderer (Special Edition) – Caramel

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