A little bit of casting, a couple of teasers, and a time-traveling webisode are included in today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Tom Bower and Breaking Bad‘s Matt Jones join The Farm
  • Vera Farmiga will be Norman Bates’ mom in Bates Motel
  • David Fincher spills on who else will direct House of Cards
  • Tom and Huck will grow up, go steampunk, solve crimes for ABC
  • American Horror Story reveals two teasers and four images
  • Check out the Doctor Who spinoff web series Pond Life

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This edition of TV Bits has casting, rumors, Lego and even some controversy. After the jump read about:

  • Joel McHale will join FX’s Sons of Anarchy for a multi-episode story this season.
  • Broadway actor Sebastian Arcelus joins Kevin Spacey and David Fincher‘s Netflix show House of Cards.
  • Watch classic scenes from The Wire in Lego. It’s even better than it sounds.
  • Guillermo Del Toro offers an update on the Hulk pilot.
  • Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito has some interesting thoughts on this season of Breaking Bad.
  • Fred Willard has been fired from his PBS show Market Warriors after being caught in a XXX rated theater.

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Let’s look past the current summer movie for just a second to take a look at a couple of works that are a bit farther off on the horizon. Sofia Coppola‘s fact-based The Bling Ring stars Harry Potter actress Emma Watson as the leader of a band of fame-obsessed thieves who steal from the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, while David Fincher‘s Netflix miniseries House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless politician who’ll stop at nothing to claw his way to the top. Check out the first official photos from both after the jump.

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Even someone who has only passively followed David Fincher‘s career is likely to know that the producer/director isn’t much concerned about spending more money when the quality of a project is at stake. (Or his vision for the quality of a project, at least. Talk amongst yourselves about whether Panic Room might have been better as a faster, cheaper movie.)

In other words, Fincher has battled studios and financiers over budget in the past, and so it isn’t really a surprise to hear that he is butting heads with Media Rights Capitol over the money committed to House of Cards, which will star and be produced by Kevin Spacey. Netflix committed $100m to a 26-episode order for the show, the better to help transition towards being an original content provider. In fact, this story may end up being less about what happens to House of Cards and more about Netflix navigating the road towards cable channel status. Read More »

With David Fincher doing a lot of interviews for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo over the past few days, there is a good amount of talk out there about the possible second and third films that could follow Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher doesn’t yet know if he’ll direct those films — or he isn’t yet saying, at least. That’s something that likely won’t be announced until after the film has its first opening weekend, which is coming up in a couple days.

Whether or not those films happen, there are quite a few other projects in Fincher’s queue. Some are movies he might direct, like the Cleopatra film that would star Angelina Jolie, and the pilot for the Netflix series House of Cards. He’s also got 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea on the docket, and he’s still working as a producer on films like Black Hole (based on the Charles Burns graphic novel, not the Disney sci-fi film) and The Goon. He has offered slight updates on all those projects in the past couple days, and we’ve rounded up his quotes below. Read More »

Previously relegated to just showing other people’s content, Netflix is about to enter the original programming business. The movie rental service has reportedly just locked down a $100 million plus deal to create and distribute House of Cards, a new series executive produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, with Spacey in the lead and Fincher directing the pilot. Based on a British series and novel of the same name, the show will be a political thriller about a conservative politician with his eye on a high ranking office. And though the original was set in England during the end of Margaret Thatcher’s run as Prime Minister. this version will change the setting to modern America while retaining the blackmail and intrigue.

Netflix reportedly beat out other interested parties such as HBO and AMC by committing to two full seasons, something that is completely unheard of in today’s TV market. Read much more about the deal after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Last year we heard that David Fincher is planning to do House of Cards, a new TV series written by Eric Roth based on the book of the same name and the British miniseries that spawned from it. He’ll exec produce and direct the pilot episode which automatically makes the show of particularly high interest, even if it is a remake of a very well-regarded UK show.

Now his Seven secret weapon, Kevin Spacey, has signed on to co-exec produce and star. Read More »

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Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of acclaimed UK television probably saw this coming. So many great series have been adapted or are on the verge, and one notable political project was missing: House of Cards, originally broadcast in 1990. Now David Fincher and his The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenwriter Eric Roth are re-teaming to adapt the series into an ongoing hour-long drama for US television. Read More »

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