Lots to get through in TV news today, so let’s dive right in. After the jump:

  • Aaron Paul is ready for the last stretch of Breaking Bad
  • Taryn Manning will recur on Orange is the New Black
  • Rider Strong hasn’t joined Girl Meets World… yet
  • Angus T. Jones is not leaving Two and a Half Men
  • Donal Logue misses Terriers as much as you do
  • Syfy is launching three new reality shows in early 2013
  • AMC orders dramas from the 1980s and the 1770s
  • The Blues Brothers is inching toward television
  • Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes is coming to NBC
  • Starz considers a Caesar-centric Spartacus spinoff
  • Emily Owens, M.D. will end after 13 episodes
  • Fox sets Mob Doctor‘s end date, moves Touch‘s return
  • FX gives premiere dates to Justified, Archer, and more
  • Comedy Central picks up Key & Peele for Season 3

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With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. AbramsAlcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.

Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.

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Paul Giamatti is moving from one historical television project (John Adams) to another: he’ll play former Soviet Union premier Nikita Khrushchev in K Blows Top. The odd name of the HBO film might be your first clue that this won’t be an ordinary revisitation of the cold war. The film will be based on Peter Carlson‘s book of the same name, which details Khrushchev’s two-week American trip in 1959.

That’s the time period when the Premier was denied a trip to Disneyland because of security concerns, and during which a visit to IBM headquarters ignited a fancy within the premier for IMB’s self-service cafeteria. Khrushchev brought self-service back to the USSR afterwards. Khrushchev had a long and occasionally pivotal career, and I’ll be curious to see how much context can be crammed into the film. I’ll happily watch Giamatti try to make it work. [Variety]

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