Hit the jump for a mixed bag of small screen odds and ends, including:

  • See more pics of Mad Mikkelsen in Hannibal
  • NBC announces some other midseason premieres
  • Sandy has not delayed Louis CK‘s SNL appearance
  • Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Renner will host SNL
  • The Gallaghers are Shameless as ever in the new teaser
  • Did you know Ben Affleck almost directed Homeland?
  • Now Nicholas Sparks is getting into the TV game
  • FX’s Wilfred gets renewed, switches showrunners
  • FNL‘s Peter Berg is developing a Greek god drama

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Today’s TV Bits centers mostly around renewals, pickups, and projects in development, though there’s an interesting holiday-appropriate video in here for you as well. After the jump:

  • Showtime renews Homeland for a third season
  • CBS’ Elementary and Vegas get full-season orders
  • CW wants more Arrow, Beauty & the Beast, and Emily Owens
  • Jimmy Fallon’s Guys With Kids gets five more scripts
  • Big Bang Theory writer is developing Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Fox’s New Girl and Raising Hope get two more episodes
  • ABC commits to bar-set Mixology, from Hangover scribes
  • Jane Fonda books a starring sitcom gig on ABC’s Now What?
  • Boardwalk Empire writer sells Jane Austen and West Memphis Three dramas
  • Fox is working on non-superpowered superhero comedy The B Team
  • Jennifer Garner returns to TV as an executive producer
  • Watch a new clip from NBC’s Mockingbird Lane

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Tons and tons of cool TV news in the past few days, after the jump read about the following:

  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is coming to The CW on October 9.
  • Producer Greg Berlanti is developing a modern take on Wuthering Heights called Napa.
  • Julian Fellowes has an idea for a prequel to Downton Abbey.
  • Nick Hornby’s book About A Boy was already a movie and now might become a TV series.
  • Watch the full season premieres of Dexter and Homeland online right now.
  • Patton Oswalt has joined the fourth season of Justified.
  • AMC released the first of 4 webisodes to get your ready for season 3 of The Walking Dead.
  • Boardwalk Empire has just been renewed for a fourth season.
  • The MTV Movie Awards will now be in April.
  • Cinemax’s Strike Back will be back for a third season.

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Ah, fall — not only are new shows debuting and old shows returning, shows that don’t even exist yet are getting picked up left and right. After the jump:

  • HBO renews Treme for a fourth and final season
  • Ron Moore is adapting A Knight’s Tale for ABC
  • Fox updates Hamlet for modern-day Washington, DC
  • Homeland casts F. Murray Abraham as a CIA agent
  • James Caan will be a mob boss on Starz’ Magic City
  • Ricky Gervais‘ comedy Derek is headed to Netflix

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Each fall’s crop of freshman shows contains a few bona fide hits, and judging by the buzz surrounding it, ABC’s Last Resort may be one of this year’s. Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Chicago Code), the naval drama has earned high compliments for its attention-grabbing premise, snappy pacing, and interesting characters. The familiar cast helps as well: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick, and Autumn Reeser are all among the leads. And thanks to the network’s decision to post the pilot episode online weeks before its late September premiere, you can check it out for yourself right now.

Or, if you’re looking for something a little more familiar, the first twenty minutes of Homeland‘s second season have gone up as well. Don’t worry if your memory of the last season is a bit rusty — the sneak peek kicks off with a three-minute recap of the story so far. Hit the jump to watch the full first episode of Last Resort and get a taste of Homeland.

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Even movie fans would agree some of the best entertainment made during the past two decades has been on premium cable. Whether it’s HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones or Showtime shows like Dexter, Weeds and Homeland, movies are regularaly getting schooled by TV in terms of character, story and scope. Plus, even if you love a movie, it’s only two hours. A great TV show can be hundreds.

And while we’re all very used to seeing art inspired by movies, art inspired by TV always elicits a slightly more excited response which is why the brand new Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY has picked premium TV for its first exhibit. More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired By Premium Cable opens September 7 and features work by Mark Englert, Kevin Ang, Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Tim Doyle and many others.

After the jump, check out a huge gallery of work from shows like all the ones mentioned above as well as The Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Tales from the Crypt, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down and others, plus find out how you can see it yourself and see how you can buy a print for charity too. Read More »

Television has already begun to take over most movies in terms of quality and now it seems like they’re trying to take over the way films are marketed to. Trailers for upcoming seasons of TV are becoming the norm and four new ones have recently come online.

After the jump check out the trailers for the second seasons of American Horror Story: Asylum and Showtime’s hit Homeland, the seventh season of the award-winning Dexter and fourth season of the singing sensation Glee. Read More »

Forget The Bourne Legacy — the Ludlum-inspired story I’m really eager to see is this Bob’s Burgers / Archer crossover. Also after the jump:

  • Dan Harmon has more to say the Community ousting
  • BridesmaidsMatt Lucas will teach the Community gang
  • See Joel McHale tangling with SAMCRO on Sons of Anarchy
  • Check out the first pics from Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • Workaholics stars spotted on Arrested Development set
  • New Homeland poster promises Season 2 will “hit home”
  • The whole gang hangs out in Walking Dead Season 3 poster

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