We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
  • The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
  • Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
  • Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
  • HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
  • Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
  • The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
  • Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
  • Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar

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If you happened to catch a screening of Attack the Block this summer, you probably walked away thinking the same thing we did: this John Boyega kid is going to be a huge star. Well, Boyega’s now landed his first part since Attack the Block opened, and it sounds like a great one. He’ll play the lead, Donnie, in HBO’s series Da Brick, a fictionalized telling of the earliest days of Mike Tyson‘s boxing career. Spike Lee is set to direct the pilot episode from a script by John Ridley (Three Kings), and will also executive produce along with Tyson, Ridley, Jim Lefkowitz, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.

Da Brick centers around a young man in modern-day Newark, NJ who gets released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday. The series will aim to deal with larger issues like “what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America” and “what it means to be a man both for himself, and to those around him.” As long as the British Boyega can pull off a convincing Jersey accent, this seems like pitch-perfect casting. [Deadline]

After the jump, In Plain Sight‘s Rachel Boston faces a possible apocalypse with Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, and Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen, joins Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon.

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Although he’s currently best known as that guy whose tattoo artist tried to sue Warner Bros. for reproducing his design on Ed Helms’ face, Mike Tyson was once famous for being one of the best boxers of his day. It’s true! I read about it on Wikipedia. Now HBO has ordered a pilot for a new drama called Da Brick, which will be “loosely inspired” by Tyson’s early days as a boxer. Spike Lee has signed on to direct the episode, and will executive produce with Tyson, Entourage creator Doug Ellin and Jim Lefkowitz. John Ridley (Three Kings, Undercover Brother) will serve as writer and showrunner. Read more after the jump.

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