A few new shows in development, a bit of casting, and some new trailers comprise today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Justified creator Graham Yost sells a female spy show to NBC
  • Showtime turns Robert De Niro‘s The Good Shepherd into a TV show
  • Lone Star and Awake creator to try again at ABC with Influence
  • William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland are Crossing Lines
  • American Horror Story adds Season 1 alum Frances Conroy
  • … and yes, of course they’ve released yet another new teaser
  • The Parks & Recreation cast goof off in a charming blooper reel
  • Tears and meaningful glances fill the Downton Abbey trailer

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As August inches to an end, the days of having nothing to watch on TV (well — nothing but Breaking Bad) are about to come to an end. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones casts Daario Naharis and Grey Worm
  • Malcolm McDowell will teach History 101 at Greendale
  • Michael J. Fox‘s new sitcom lands at NBC for Fall 2013
  • New Dexter promo image says he’ll try not to kill Debra
  • Elderly matriarchs bicker in new Downton Abbey clips
  • Watch another American Horror Story Season 2 teaser
  • Jax and Clay chat in the Sons of Anarchy Season 5 trailer
  • A picnic day takes a bad turn in the new teaser for Fringe
  • Speaking of which, John Noble is back to work on Fringe

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Ron Swanson hasn’t always had the best luck with ladies, but maybe a visit from Xena herself — Lucy Lawless! — will turn things around. Also after the jump:

  • Michael J. Fox returns to TV with show based on his own life
  • Arrested Development gets new characters, including John Slattery
  • Archer voicer H. Jon Benjamin will show his face on Suburgatory
  • Torchwood‘s John Barrowman lands a recurring role on Arrow
  • Happy Endings‘ cast gets disco-fabulous in a Season 3 photo
  • See Shirley MacLaine in the new trailer for Downton Abbey
  • Everyone’s got guns in the Season 3 trailer for Boardwalk Empire

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There’s a load of brief TV news to offer up today, so let’s get right to it:

  • Real-life pols will cameo in Parks & Recreation‘s fifth season
  • Mindy Kaling will reprise her role as The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor
  • Speaking of which, here’s a poster for her new show The Mindy Project
  • Downton Abbey‘s third season trailer hints at the twists to come
  • Aaron Sorkin fires a lot of The Newsroom‘s writing staff
  • Patton Oswalt and Det. Kima Greggs (a.k.a. Sonja Sohn) head to Burn Notice
  • Clea Duvall joins American Horror Story‘s second season
  • Revenge casts Jennifer Jason Leigh as a presumed-dead character

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Forget about Tyler Perry and that $130 million he raked in last year. Even the man behind Madea would have to toil for almost five centuries at that rate to equal the $62 billion personal fortune amassed by Smaug. The Middle-earth dragon dominates Forbes‘ list of the 15 wealthiest charcters, followed by the likes of Carlisle Cullen, Lisbeth Salander, Tywin Lannister, and Robert Crawley.

As you might guess, the accounting doesn’t seem entirely scientific. It seems suspiciously convenient, for example, that most of the men, women, and creatures in the Top 15 come from pop culture franchises that are especially hot right now. But if you’ve ever wondered whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would dominate in a pissing contest for the 1%, hit the jump for the rankings.

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Ellen Burstyn gets political, while Mitt Romney goes Hollywood. After the jump:

  • Ellen Burstyn is Sigourney Weaver’s mom in Politcal Animals
  • Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney could cameo on SNL
  • Relax: Maggie Smith is not leaving Downton Abbey yet
  • DirecTV and Starz renew their distribution deal
  • A first look at the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom
  • … the premiere of which will feature Jesse Eisenberg’s voice
  • The first episode of HBO’s new comedy Girls is now online
  • True Blood unveils a playful new teaser for Season 5
  • Fringe has shot two different endings, in case it gets cancelled

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We have some interesting tidbits of all kinds today, but let’s be real — we both know you’re mainly here for The Walking Dead trailer and clip and the True Blood teaser. After the jump:

  • HBO offers the first 3 minutes of The Walking Dead‘s midseason premiere, plus a teaser
  • The first teaser for Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood comes online
  • Shirley Maclaine will be calling on Downton Abbey
  • Details on The CW’s new Beauty & The Beast reboot reveal a surprising 9/11 connection
  • Jimmy Kimmel is shopping a “Borat Meets Green Acres” hybrid series
  • Kevin Smith and Adam Carolla bicker over an upcoming untitled project

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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra, and Adam chat about the virtues of Downton Abbey, debate the merits of Another Earth, and discuss their most anticipated films of 2012. Special guest Alison Willmore joins us from Movieline.

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