Today’s TV Bits comes with the caveat that none of this applies if the world actually ends on 12/21/12. After the jump:

  • Black Dynamite, Catfish, The League, and Psych get renewed
  • Cinemax sets a January premiere date for Alan Ball‘s Banshee
  • Game of Thrones gets more screen time and its own beer
  • Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate head to Parks & Rec
  • Rose McGowan is Once Upon a Time‘s young Barbara Hershey
  • Amazon Studios orders pilots from Kristen SchaalGarry Trudeau, and more
  • The premiere episode of NBC’s 1600 Penn hits the web

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Fall doesn’t technically start for another three weeks, but we all know Labor Day is the unofficial turn of the season. In this very late summer edition of TV Bits:

  • MTV announces Jersey Shore will end after Season 6
  • Robin Williams could return to TV with David E. Kelley
  • Jorge Garcia lands a guest spot on Once Upon a Time
  • Yes, Judy Greer will return to Arrested Development
  • And yes, Mike Schur‘s Mose will appear on The Farm
  • NBC has a sneak peak tour planned for Revolution
  • New details emerge on Psycho prequel Bates Motel
  • See stars hanging out on the set of NBC’s Hannibal
  • Alan Ball‘s Cinemax series Banshee gets a teaser
  • American Horror Story teaser finally shows the cast

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‘Jersey Shore’ Producers Casting MTV Geek Reality Show

When Clint Eastwood agreed to appear on an upcoming reality show for E!, it served as a dramatic reminder that the format isn’t just for spoiled heiresses or boozed-up guidos anymore. In fact, MTV’s now looking to feature people like you — yes, you! — on a new “experimental documentary series” about geek culture titled Fandom Rising, “from the masterminds behind The Jersey Shore.” Uh oh.

I’m not necessarily opposed to the idea of a reality show about geeks in general, but I am wary of this particular project. The Jersey Shore nod doesn’t exactly suggest a sensitive or respectful treatment of its subjects, and it’s all too easy to envision this series making geeks the butt of the same tired jokes about how awkward and lonely and pathetic geeks are. If you’re more optimistic than I am, though — or if you’re OK with the risk of being made fun of on national television — read the full press release and get application info after the jump.

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The fact that The Walking Dead is coming back next week is, without a doubt, exciting. It’s not as exciting, though, when you realize that means this Sunday is the fourth season finale of Breaking Bad.

Just when you thought AMC’s award-winning show couldn’t get any better, show runner Vince Gilligan delivers a season that has pretty much seen our two main characters, Walt and Jesse, almost on totally different shows, each going through their own personal hell as things slowly spiral out of control. Star Bryan Cranston was on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast Thursday and dropped some insane teases about Sunday’s finale plus, Hitfix got their hands on the first minute of the episode. We’ve got all of that after the break.

But if millionaire meth magicians with their lives on the line isn’t your thing, you should still click below the jump. That’s where you can see a hilarious trailer for the return of everyone’s favorite MTV cartoon Beavis and Butthead from the mind of Mike Judge. Read More »

A couple months ago we got an odd report: MTV has been developing a TV show based on the buzzed-about indie documentary Catfish. (Or ‘documentary,’ depending on how you view the film’s position vis a vis honesty.)

At the time all we knew was that unspecified Catfish creators, presumably Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, were among those working on the show. Now we’ve got more info, and it sounds — not surprisingly — like a watered-down ‘reality’ dating show about internet-based relationships. Read More »

We’ve been getting flooded with TV news lately, and today’s no exception. So let’s get right to it. Ater the jump, read about:

  • Teasers for Season 2 of The Walking Dead
  • Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ new 19th-century project
  • MTV’s decision to have no one at all host the VMAs
  • The miraculous resurrection of Fox’s Breaking In

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While you surely have had the MTV Video Music Awards circled on your calendar for months, now there’s a non-music reason to check it out. (Non-music on MTV? That’s crazy talk!) Jennifer Lawrence will be on hand to premiere the first footage from The Hunger Games, Gary Ross‘ adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel about young kids forced to kill each other on live television. It’s scheduled for release on March 23, 2012 and MTV has released a literal one second tease of the footage. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

This supernatural teen drama trend just isn’t going away, is it? Some days it seems like every other new film or series in the works is about blandly attractive young people struggling to deal with scary/sexy monsters while keeping up with their algebra homework.

One such show is MTV’s upcoming series Teen Wolf, a supposed remake of the 1980s comedy starring Michael J. Fox. A new trailer has been released, and… nope, I’m still not sure what makes this a remake. Watch it after the jump.

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