As devotees of Louie and Sherlock are sighing over extralong gaps between seasons, Girls fans are enjoying some schedule shuffling in the opposite direction. Although the first season of Girls debuted in the spring, Season 2′s kicking off a little earlier than expected in January 2013. Which means the marketing push starts now.

HBO’s already offered up a not-terribly-revealing teaser and a handful of stills from the upcoming season. Now they’re ramping up the campaign with the first full trailer, which features a nice mix of fresh and familiar faces. Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her usual gang are all here, along with returning guest stars like Jorma Taccone and Chris O’Dowd and newcomers like Donald Glover, Patrick Wilson, and Rita Wilson. Watch it after the jump.

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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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This TV Bits is a particularly good one for comedy nerds, with positive developments for Lena Dunham, Marc Maron, and Louis C.K. After the jump:

  • ABC’s Nashville gets picked up for a full season
  • Watch a new trailer for Kevin Bacon‘s The Following
  • Judd Apatow says Girls has been renewed for Season 3
  • Louis C.K. prepares a standup special for HBO
  • Marc Maron‘s IFC series is coming in June 2013

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Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
  • Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
  • Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
  • Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
  • Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
  • The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.

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Yes, that is James Bond rocking a horrible wig. Makes Silva’s odd blond mop look positively attractive, doesn’t it? After the jump:

  • M. Night Shyamalan sets up Moby Dick-ish series at NBC
  • Jason Bateman sells Wonder Years-esque show to NBC
  • Arrested Development announces walk-on role contest
  • Bryan Fuller adds a Pushing Daisies star to Hannibal
  • Lena Dunham promises more racial diversity in Girls
  • Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV get renewals
  • Daniel Craig gets silly for Saturday Night Live promos
  • The Walking Dead Season 3 teaser makes the case for jail

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Today we have a nice mix of shows that don’t even exist yet, shows that have already been cancelled, and everything in between. After the jump:

  • Baz Luhrmann is making his first foray into television
  • Tina Fey plans tostick to television after 30 Rock ends
  • Carlton Cuse brings Richard Alpert to the Bates Motel
  • Christopher Guest adds old friends to his HBO comedy
  • Revolution star David Meunier will return to Justified
  • Rita Wilson will not go naked on Girls, if you were curious
  • Here’s what would’ve happened on Terra Nova Season 2
  • AMC offhandedly reveals The Walking Dead renewal
  • Fringe‘s final season gets an intense full-length trailer
  • See Haley Joel Osment in It’s Always Sunny ad

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Today’s TV Bits consists of a bit of casting info, some scheduling notes, and several interesting promos. After the jump:

  • Bates Motel casts the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory kid as Norman
  • Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have been added to Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks will go gangster on CBS’ Vegas
  • Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication return in January
  • HBO and CBS lead the Creative Arts Emmys with 17 and 13 wins, respectively
  • Revisit familiar faces in the first teaser for Season 2 of Girls
  • See The Office‘s newest additions in a new promo for Season 9
  • Still more American Horror Story: Asylum teasers hit the web
  • Everyone is exhausted in new Walking Dead teaser and stills

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam marvel at the sights of Samsara, wonder what happened to all the great action stars, acknowledge the pleasures of Peter Berg’s Battleship, and explain why Jaws (now out on Blu-Ray) is one of the best movies of all time. Special guest Eric Vespe (AKA Quint) joins us from Ain’t It Cool News.

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