With the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in full swing, there’s no shortage of TV news at the start of this week. After the jump:

  • Ryan Murphy‘s Normal Heart is coming to HBO
  • Ricky GervaisLife’s Too Short will end this season
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV with a comedy
  • NBC explains why it passed on Mockingbird Lane
  • Community‘s fourth season will have “more heart”
  • Up All Night loses its creator as it undergoes a revamp
  • Steve Carell will probably never return to The Office
  • Revolution‘s midseason premiere gets a new trailer
  • Watch a promo for Kevin Williamson‘s The Following
  • Starz offers trailers for Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons

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Get ready for another year of serious (and often seriously enjoyable) WTF-ery, because FX has renewed American Horror Story for a third season. Also after the jump:

  • Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain starts casting to shoot in 2013
  • Da Vinci’s Demons hires Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary
  • Michael Cera is an Arrested Development writer; Lupe returns
  • Bryan Fuller casts Mockingbird Lane‘s Eddie Izzard in Hannibal
  • Michael Bay books a guest role as himself on ABC’s The Neighbors
  • Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer joins HBO’s The Newsroom
  • Aaron Sorkin is sad The Newsroom won’t cover the Petraeus scandal
  • HBO unveils its first teaser poster for Game of Thrones Season 3
  • See a save the date for Liz Lemon’s likely trainwreck of a wedding

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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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Warner Bros. isn’t the only studio getting behind the idea of recasting the young life of Renaissance poster boy Leonardo da Vinci as an action movie. Last year, WB started working on Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever, written by Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) from a pitch by producers Adrian Askarieh, Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

Now Universal has its own ‘young Leo’ film: a spec simply called Leonardo, by Jonny Kurzman, with Watchmen and Hellboy producer Larry Gordon producing. Read More »

As with film, not every television project that enters development actually makes it to the screen — but sighing over what could’ve been is a task for some other day. Today, our curiosity is piqued by some of the more interesting-sounding series in the works, including shows by Transformers helmer Michael Bay (how’s he gonna fit all those explosions on a tiny screen?) and Dark Knight writer David Goyer. I don’t know that I’d actually want to follow all of these series if they actually made it to air, but I’ll be keeping an eye on them to see how they pan out. After the jump:

  • Starz orders Da Vinci’s Demons, by Dark Knight writer David Goyer
  • Michael Bay will exec produce Outsiders for The CW
  • NBC buys a new comedy by Scrubs writer Tim Hobert and the guy who played intern Lonnie on same
  • Showtime buys a new comedy from the Farrelly Bros.

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