Like the last couple of TV Bits, this one is also chock full of casting news. Also after the jump:

  • Downton Abbey adds a new series regular
  • Patton Oswalt will stop by Parks & Recreation
  • The Newsroom‘s version of Team Romney expands
  • Michael C. Hall might be done with TV after Dexter
  • Chris Lilley‘s new show starts shooting in Melbourne
  • FX renews The Americans for a second season
  • Are Mindy Project and New Girl moving to Thursdays?
  • Watch four deleted scenes from Game of Thrones
  • … and find out when we’ll get the Season 3 trailer

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Over the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on on Twitter. Many of us are too busy sitting around with our families, eating big meals or maybe going to the movies. If you fall into that category, you probably missed Kevin Smith‘s tell-all tweet marathon revealing an interesting story of how Ben Affleck asked him to direct a non-Miramax movie, why Fletch Won never happened, and more. But don’t worry. We’ve got it all embedded for you after the jump. Read More »

Our last couple editions of TV Bits have been filled with mostly good news, but today’s is more of a downer, what with shows getting axed, a guy getting hurt, and, well, do you consider a Fred Durst sitcom bad news? At least AMC has some nice things to offer, including a new trailer for Hell on Wheels and some intriguing dramas in the works.

After the jump:

  • Charlie’s Angels and Memphis Beat get cancelled
  • Olivia Wilde leaves House
  • Transporter star Chris Vance gets injured
  • Fred Durst signs a deal with CBS
  • Hell on Wheels gets a new trailer

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‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ Trailer

Most days, I love my job. Other days, I’m forced to watch the trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Yep, the squeaky-voiced CGI hellions are back for a third installment of their regrettably successful film franchise. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney return as the Chipmunks, along with Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Poehler as the Chipettes and Jason Lee and David Cross as human beings. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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In TV news tonight: It looks like Aaron Sorkin is finally heading back to television after the failure of Studio 60, and you wouldn’t believe what he’s got planned according to TV Guide:

I’m going to be starting on a new TV series. It’s going to be what turns out to be the third in the trilogy of TV shows that take place behind the scenes of a TV show, but this will be a different kind of TV show. That’s all I can let out of the bag right now.

I’m actually not opposed to Sorkin revisiting a genre he knows so well. Let’s not forget that The West Wing, perhaps his best show, was also a behind the scenes look at the White House. Sorkin also said he hopes to reunite with some of his former series actors, and will definitely be working with longtime collaborator/director Thomas Schlamme.

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Chris Weitz’s sure-to-be-a-blockbuster New Moon is about to hit theaters, but according to a recent conversation he had with MovieMaker (via In Contention), he might soon be ready to hang up his spurs. Meanwhile, we also learned that actor Jason Lee is finally stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature-length film. Hit the jump to find out more details on both.
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Jason Lee and Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith will be re-teaming with Mallrats star Jason Lee once again. According to /Film reader Drake Rivera, Smith announced on Kevin Pollack’s Live Show on Sunday afternoon that Lee would have a role in his new buddy cop comedy A Couple of Dicks.

According to the report, Smith said that Lee would shoot for a couple of days, but didn’t reveal which role the My Name is Earl star would play. Lee has appeared in many of Smith’s films, including Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as cameos in Jersey Girl and Clerks II.

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Alvin and The Chipmunks Movie Poster

Alvin and The ChipmunksYou may be checking your calendar, but I assure you, today is not April 1st. For years I defended Jason Lee. His performance in Mallrats was the level of a comic genius. He was given the chance to star in some films which turned out to be horrible. In-between he made a couple good choices riding shotgun (Dogma, Chasing Amy, Almost Famous). Thankfully, My Name Is Earl became a huge hit, and now everyone knows him. So why is Jason Lee trying to sabotage his career? First he signed on to voice the computer generated superhero dog in Underdog (ugh, that sounds like a winner) and now this. Before you say anything, yes, I know this film was announced back in March. But it only just now hit me, after seeing this new theatrical movie poster at Solace in Cinema. Click on the image to the right to enlarge.

In the movie, Lee plays the Chipmunks’ dad, Dave Seville. The singing group of chipmunk brothers (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) are computer generated. And you may be thinking: may be, just may be this could be good. WRONG. Director Tim Hill was behind such kiddie bombs as Garfield 2 and Max Keeble’s Big Move, while the writing team consists of the guys who wrote the Ice Age flicks, Robots and Big Momma’s House 2. Jason, why are you doing this? The Earl gig must be paying the bills, right?

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