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It should come as a surprise to no one that Damon Lindelof adored George Lucas from a young age, but now he also has the photo to prove it. Also after the jump:

  • Star Wars Episode VII might shoot in Ireland
  • Daniel Radcliffe and John Noble want to join Star Wars
  • Watch a book trailer for The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars prequel storyboards offer a peek at what could have been
  • Hasbro announces Angry Birds Star Wars action figures
  • Read an oral history of Star Wars at the Coronet Theatre

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And you thought we had a lot to discuss when we thought Disney was just planning a new trilogy. Now that the studio’s announced it’s developing spinoffs as well, there’s more rumor and speculation than ever before. After the jump:

  • Joe Johnston thinks J.J. Abrams is a perfect pick for the franchise,
  • Zen Studios announces a Star Wars Pinball game,
  • No, Walter Bishop is not the villain of Episode VII,
  • Frank Oz would “absolutely” like to play Yoda again.
  • and George Lucas could sell his 2% stake in Disney.

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As August inches to an end, the days of having nothing to watch on TV (well — nothing but Breaking Bad) are about to come to an end. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones casts Daario Naharis and Grey Worm
  • Malcolm McDowell will teach History 101 at Greendale
  • Michael J. Fox‘s new sitcom lands at NBC for Fall 2013
  • New Dexter promo image says he’ll try not to kill Debra
  • Elderly matriarchs bicker in new Downton Abbey clips
  • Watch another American Horror Story Season 2 teaser
  • Jax and Clay chat in the Sons of Anarchy Season 5 trailer
  • A picnic day takes a bad turn in the new teaser for Fringe
  • Speaking of which, John Noble is back to work on Fringe

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In this edition of TV Bits, your can see script pages, read about lawsuits, sickness and advertising. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Ron Howard tweeted the title of the first episodes of Arrested Development‘s fourth season.
  • HBO is developing a new comedy called The Landlord by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Daniel Clowes.
  • The head of NBC Bob Greenblatt spoke about the future of Community with its new night and loss of Dan Harmon.
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers will be playing Dracula on a new NBC drama.
  • The CW has changed its slogan and ad campaign.
  • Comedy Central has ordered a pilot of the web series Tiny Apartment.
  • Despite contract disputes, the cast of Modern Family went back to work Thursday.
  • Production on Fringe was shut down for two weeks to accommodate John Noble.

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Today’s TV Bits is a severely mixed bag, as we get updates on two returning shows and a few other shows that are dead or close to it. After the jump:

  • NBC confirms that Community will be back in the spring
  • AMC sets a return date for Mad Men
  • Showtime releases the season premieres of Shameless and Californication online
  • Fox cancels Allen Gregory, begins developing new late-night animated block
  • Fox’s Fringe seems likely to get cancelled
  • Fox decides against Glee spin-off, but devises a plan to keep its biggest stars on the show.

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Who’s ready for the fall television season? I, for one, am not — I’ve still got a ton of catching up to do, for one thing, and it means the end of summer, for another — but I suspect I may be alone in this. At any rate, the networks would like to remind you to start preparing yourselves for the upcoming season. We’ve got great new teasers for the sixth season of Dexter and the fourth season of Fringe, plus a clip and a poster from Season 2 of The Walking Dead, all after the jump.

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TV: JJ Abrams’ Fringe Trailer

Fringe

A promotional trailer for the new JJ Abrams‘ Fox series Fringe has hit the interwebs. The new series is set to premiere this fall on Tuesday Nights at 9:00pm after House. What is with Abrams obsession with airplane tragedies? This show has gotten a lot of criticism for being n X-Files knock off, but this new trailer shows something deeper than that. Check it out below and tell me what you think in the comments.

Update: We have added the full length trailer below found via AICN.

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Original Teaser Trailer:

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From J.J. Abrams (“Lost”), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” and “Alias,” comes a new drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (newcomer Anna Torv) is called in to investigate. After her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley, “Boston Legal”), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. Walter Bishop (John Noble, “Lord of the Rings”), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Pter (Joshua Jackson, “Dawson’s Creek”) in to help. When Olivia’s investigation leads her to manipulative corporate executive Nina Sharp (Blair Brown, “Altered States”), our unlikely trio along with fellow FBI Agents Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, “The Wire”), Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo, “Oz”) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

Update: We’ve added new video clips from both Fringe and Dollhouse.

One Stop Guide: JJ Abrams' Fringe and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

We reported a couple days back in Page 2 that both JJ AbramsFringe and Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse were picked up by Fox. We have new information and the first batch of marketing materials including posters, photos and trailers for both shows. So let’s take a look into the future of geek television.

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