It’s been a few days since our last TV Bits (sorry!), so we have a ton of stuff to catch up on. After the jump:

  • Alexis Bledel, Kyle McLachlan, Hope Davis, and more get pilots
  • Downton Abbey loses one character but gains six more
  • Jeffrey Wright will be a series regular on Boardwalk Empire
  • A bunch of Fox shows including The Following get early renewals
  • The Zero Hour has gets cancelled by ABC after just three episodes
  • Will Jimmy Fallon take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • The X-Files finally gets a tenth season… as a comic book
  • Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra gets EW cover
  • Hannibal and Mad Men offer up not very revealing teasers
  • See character posters and an extended trailer for Game of Thrones
  • Peek behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s final season

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Casting, spoilers and some first looks abound  in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump check out the following:

  • Is Jimmy Fallon the lead contender to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • Some potential spoilers for Homeland season 3 have been teased.
  • Star of The OC Adam Brody joins the cast of House of Lies.
  • History is developing a Hatfields and McCoys reality show.
  • When do your favorite Fox shows like Glee, The Mindy Project and New Girl return?
  • NBC orders new episodes of Whitney.
  • The classic tale of Zorro is getting a modern reimagining on USA called Z.
  • The stars of Dexter tease some possibly season 8 scenarios.
  • A first look at the second season stars of Smash.
  • Bernard from Lost, Sam Anderson, joins the next season of Justified.

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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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Jimmy Fallon Won’t Host the Oscars

Intriguing as the idea of Jimmy Fallon hosting the 2013 Academy Awards was, one major pitfall was obvious from the moment we learned about the talks. Namely, the fact that the Oscars telecast is set to air on ABC — which has a talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, that directly competes with Fallon’s own NBC series Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. While ABC has no contractual authority over the Academy’s choice of host, it seemed unlikely that the AMPAS would risk pissing off a network that forks over $70 million for broadcast rights each year.

So it’s unsurprising, if a little disappointing, that Fallon’s no longer up for the hosting gig. Earlier this week, word got out that the conversations between Fallon and AMPAS had stalled, and the TV personality confirmed as much to Matt Lauer during the Today show this morning. Read more after the jump.

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Could Jimmy Fallon Be the 2013 Oscar Host?

Questions spread quickly yesterday about whether or not Jimmy Fallon, the SNL vet and host of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, would host the 2013 Oscar telecast. Indeed, Fallon was chosen by Tom Sherak, the recently departed head of the Motion Picture Academy, as the best candidate to host, with SNL producer Lorne Michaels picked to produce. Talks are ongoing with Fallon and Michaels, and there’s a chance they’ll end up getting the gig.

But there’s a problem, as ABC broadcasts the Oscars, and the network isn’t going to take kindly to Fallon, the chief rival to ABC’s own show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Read More »

Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse cartoons have been a hit on Saturday Night Live for years. Paramount among them is The Ambiguously Gay Duo, a hilarious animated superhero team that may, or may not, be gay and this weekend on SNL audiences finally got to see Ace and Gary, along with all of their super-villain enemies, in the flesh. The result looked like the Comedy Central, NBC dream team come to life featuring Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Carell, Ed Helms and Stephen Colbert. Check it out after the break. Read More »

During his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, comedian/actor Tracy Morgan attempts to explain Star Wars. Watch the video embedded after the jump thanks to Hulu.

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Movie Playlist: Michael Cera’s Must See List

Which movies and television shows does Michael Cera recommend? The following comes from Intervals of Awesome:

My cousin, Harvey, randomly ran into Michael Cera at a London coffeeshoppe. Cera and Harvey hit it off and ended up having a 2 hour conversation over lunch. Cera wrote a list of stuff Harvey should see. I didn’t believe this story 100% until I got a hold of the list (which is v. good and everyone should see these films/shows) As Harvey’s most media-saavy relative, I’m helping him by lending/finding these movies/shows for him. This made his London trip.

Click over to IOA to see the full list.

via: buzz

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