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Yes, even more TV Bits today. Lots of FX info, including returning shows, return dates for The Killing and True Blood, here’s what you’ll find below:

  • FX will launch a few channel called FXX, featuring the new seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, all of which have been renewed.
  • One of my favorite shows, Toy Hunter, returns for season two on April 10.
  • TNT orders a new show called Nashville Confidential.
  • The Killing gets a third season trailer and premiere date.
  • True Blood returns to HBO in June without Alan Ball.
  • Read the full list of shows Bravo has returning and developing.
  • Conquistadors, about the fall of the Incan Empire, could appear on FX.

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Whether you like spiteful Philadelphians or vengeful Romans, there’s something for you here. After the jump:

  • Louis CK, Bryan Cranston, and Rian Johnson score DGA noms
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting its own beer
  • Revolution, Political Animals, and more are coming to Netflix
  • Fox’s late-night animation block will kick off this summer
  • Fox’s In Living Color reboot is not going to happen
  • Read one fan’s argument that it’s OK if NBC kills Community
  • Is ABC’s Happy Endings in danger of getting cancelled?
  • The casting search for Dexter Season 8 offers some plot hints
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned has a bloody new trailer

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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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Probably the biggest news in today’s TV Bits has to do with Mitch Hurwitz‘s comments on the upcoming season of Arrested Development, but we’ve also got stuff in here for FX subscribers, Heisenberg addicts, and J.J. Abrams lovers. After the jump:

  • Watch the pilot episode of NBC’s dystopian sci-fi series Revolution
  • Showrunner Vince Gilligan talks about that Breaking Bad finale
  • Related: the Internet guesses how that giant pile of money is worth
  • FX announces premiere dates for The League and It’s Always Sunny
  • The American Horror Story: Asylum cast convenes for a new poster

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invictusThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the creative bankruptcy of the Death at a Funeral Remake, gush about Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, and review The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-Ray. Special guest Anne Thompson from Indiewire joins us.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Tuesday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review  Avatar.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Buy It

STAR TREK
(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Edition DVD, and 3-Disc Edition Blu-ray)
There’s a reason why this film found success beyond its limited Trekkie fan base: it’s not a Star Trek film. Admitted by J.J. Abrams himself, this reboot of the series is more Star Wars than Trek, and that’s a large part of its appeal. Capturing the rewarding essence and simplicity of the hero’s journey much in the same way that Star Wars did, Abrams injects this re-envisioning of the series with a non-stop energy that’s nothing short of addicting, and makes it easy to overlook some of the shortcomings of the story. Diehard Trek fans will likely be disappointed by the tremendous departure in tone, pace, and overall style, as well as the complete disregard for any thematic significance, but in fairness, the most recent Star Trek efforts have been depressingly bad, and this was really the kick start the franchise needed to make it relevant again. While it may not be the Star Trek movie some fans were hoping for, it does manage to maintain the mythology and characters that have been established during the series, and it does so in a way that makes them fresh, exciting, and even funny. Also backed by breathtaking visuals, thrilling action sequences, and a pitch-perfect cast, this is easily one of the most fun popcorn flicks to be released in years.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-disc DVD – Commentary by director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk, deleted scenes, four featurettes (“To Boldly Go”, “Casting”, “Aliens”, “Score”), a gag reel, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes on the Starships, Gene Roddenberry’s Vision, Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek, and a Starfleet Vessel Simulator.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $12.77
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$24.99 $23.99 $19.95
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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining us from the Totally Rad Show.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Mike Doughterty’s Trick ‘R Treat, now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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Wow, what in the hell was that? The third episode in the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia just concluded on FX on the East Coast, and there are already viewer grumblings over what appeared to be blanket-style, integrated product placement. During the second half of the ep, entitled “The Great Recession,” I wondered if I was watching an experimental commercial starring Rob McElhenney and Glen Howerton, with an actual, traditional, (and umm, funny?) new ep to follow. I wasn’t. Compared to the backlash 30 Rock received last season for “witty” integration—which I wrote about (and against) on /Film and was later referenced by Tina Fey and Co. in an ep—I expect Sunny fans to be far more vocal come tomorrow. If you’re one of them, what did you think? Also, I’m going to make a personal policy not to mention the companies involved by name below, because bad press is definitely good press for them in these situations.

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