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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Bryan Singer seems to be bringing back just about everyone for X-Men: Days of Future Past, including actors like Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman from the previous trilogy. But there is, apparently, one notable exception. January Jones, who played Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class, said she has not been contacted about reprising her role — and that she doesn’t expect that to change.

Fortunately for her fans, though, she’ll still be plenty visible in the coming months. The actress also promised that Betty Draper Francis would play a more prominent role in Mad Men‘s sixth season than she did in its fifth. Keep reading after the jump.

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AMC’s still playing coy with the return date for Breaking Bad‘s final season, even though star Aaron Paul seemingly let it slip earlier this month. But if they won’t say when Walt and Jesse will be back on the screen, at least they’ve finally revealed when the hard-working men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce will. The cable network has just announced a spring bow for Mad Men, which is entering its sixth (and second-to-last) season. More details after the jump.

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No matter how simple or elaborate a piece of art is, chances are the artist behind it made twenty different versions before arriving at what you see. Other times, they work on something and are forced to scrap it for one reason or another. This happens with everything: music, movies, posters, books. Most artists would never let the public see their unfinished works, but in the case of pop culture artist Olly Moss, he decided to let us in on the process.

Moss recently blogged about several projects he was working on during 2012 that either were either cancelled, scrapped or completely reimagined. Projects that weren’t even close to complete, just ideas and simple sketches. Normally, you’d think, “who cares?” But Moss was working on some truly incredible stuff: A Lawrence of Arabia poster, an Akira poster, a Blade Runner poster, Dr. No, Mad Men and more. It leads one to wonder why most of this stuff didn’t happen.

We asked Mr. Moss for comments on all of these posters and he was happy to oblige. After the jump, check out Moss’s incomplete work and read his comments on each. Read More »

This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

Today’s TV Bits is all great news if you like Garden State, or just mostly great news if you don’t. After the jump:

  • Oz and Willow will reunite on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
  • Arrested Development adds Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien
  • Zach Braff develops the Garden State-esque Garage Bar for ABC
  • Steve Carell produces a sitcom for Daily Show‘s Jason Jones
  • Greg Daniels and Kevin from The Office team for ABC comedy
  • Ted Danson spills plot details on the Bored to Death movie
  • Check out photos of Mad Men‘s Don and Megan chilling in Hawaii
  • See a trailer for The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s Sex and the City prequel

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Major actors going to TV and major characters returning to TV are just two of the following TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • MTV’s new found footage show, The Experiment, is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
  • Mark Strong will star in an AMC pilot called Low Winter Sun.
  • Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan (above) will romance Adam Levine on American Horror Story season 2.
  • Matthew Weiner talks seasons 6 and 7 of Mad Men including Elisabeth Moss‘ role.

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Controversy, casting and consensual exits are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • See a photo of how the George W. Bush head from Game of Thrones was fixed.
  • Rocker Marilyn Manson joins Showtime’s Californification.
  • Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will have an arc on the Broadway drama Smash.
  • Fanboys director Kyle Newman will join wife Jaime King to voice a character on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Steve Carell told the Los Angeles Times why Michael Scott won’t return to The Office.
  • Elizabeth Moss suggests a possible spoiler about her Mad Men character.

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For the princely (or make that kingly) sum of $30,000 plus shipping and handling, you can spend the next season of Game of Thrones watching from an Iron Throne of your very own. Also after the jump:

  • Bruce Boxleitner says Tron: Uprising is “not a kiddie show”
  • Friends With KidsJennifer Westfeldt goes to HBO
  • Rebel Wilson‘s Super Fun Night could be headed to ABC
  • Is a Mad Men star leaving the show for good?

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