Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from serial killers and motorcycle gang leaders to Canadian pop songstresses. After the jump:

  • A new Dexter teaser reveals the serial killer’s worst nightmare
  • FX dishes up a promisingly tragic new trailer for Sons of Anarchy
  • Bob’s Burgers‘ new Comic-Con poster offers choking first aid tips
  • HBO sets return dates for Boardwalk Empire and Treme
  • Jay Roach teams up with Paul Giamatti for HBO’s K Blows Top
  • Benedict Cumberbatch lands a double guest role on The Simpsons
  • Lost‘s Jorge Garcia could head to ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time
  • “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen heads to 90210

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For better or for worse, networks are finally sorting out their schedules for the 2012-2013 season, which means renewals and cancellations are being announced left and right. Viewers of NBC and ABC’s comedy lineups will be happy to see most of their favorites safe for another year, but Awake fans should prepare to say goodbye. Hit the jump for the latest news on the two networks’ upcoming schedules.

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Fans of NBC’s Thursday night lineup will want to keep a close eye on TV news in the coming days, as the network is nearing a seventh season renewal for 30 Rock. As for geek favorites Community and Parks & Recreation, let’s just say the latter seems to have a better shot of coming back than the former. Also after the jump…

  • NBC picks up 1600 Penn and Animal Practice
  • USA’s Political Animals picks up Dylan Baker
  • A synopsis for Game of Thrones‘ Season 2 finale
  • TRON: Uprising and Once Upon a Time producers take fan questions

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For TV fans, next week begins one of the most exciting events of the year: PaleyFest. It’s a two-week festival in Los Angeles where the casts and crews of some of TV’s most successful shows hold in-depth discussions and Q&A’s about where their shows have been and are going. This year ,the featured shows are American Horror Story, Community, Once Upon A Time, New Girl, The Office, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, Revenge, Two and a Half Men, Mad Men and Modern Family.

And though not everyone can be in person to see these events, this year PaleyFest has partnered with Hulu to stream them after the fact. Starting March 15, several (but not all) of the panels will be online for your viewing pleasure. After the jump, find out which will be available as well as which artists are doing this year’s posters. Read More »

Good things are happening to good people in today’s TV Bits, which sees new sitcoms in the works for Conan O’Brien, Judy Greer, and Mandy Moore, among others. After the jump:

  • TBS orders a sitcom from Conan O’Brien
  • ABC develops new projects with Judy Greer, Mandy Moore, and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry
  • The CW buys a thriller from Easy A scribe Bert V Royal
  • CBS yanks the already-cancelled How to Be a Gentleman from its Saturday lineup
  • Watch the first 9 minutes of ABC’s Once Upon a Time

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In the coming years, twisted fairytale reboots aren’t just set to take over the big screen, but will also invade the small screen.

  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time will air at 8:00pm on Sunday nights starting this Fall. Created and written by Lost/Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Time promises to be “a bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are about to collide.”
  • NBC’s Grimm was created by David Greenwalt (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jim Kouf (Angel, National Treasure), and promises “a new world of police work where all cases have a storybook connection… but not always happily ever after.”

Watch both trailers embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Last year it was revealed that Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who wrote many great episodes of Lost, had sold to ABC a new show called Once Upon a Time. We didn’t know much about it at the time, other than the fact that it would offer a new take on fairy tales, but now a lot more details have come to light. Mark Mylod (Entourage) looks like the pilot director for the show, which will feature parallel timelines that take place in the ‘real’ world and a fairy tale reality. Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? Read More »

Briefly: Lost producers and Tron Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have sold a new show to ABC. Once Upon a Time will almost certainly beg early comparisons to Lost, as it is based on a large ensemble cast (with actors yet to be determined) and has sci-fi / fantasy elements.

Variety describes the idea as ” a modern-day take on fairy tales, with a female protagonist who comes from a unique background. Show takes place in a small Maine town during the present time.” (Can anyone make a Maine-set sci-fi fantasy series and not have it feel like the child of Stephen King? Not that such a thing would necessarily be a problem.)

This is a story pitch the writers have been cooking for years, prior to their time on Lost, but the trade says they only took it to the network once that show was complete. In the meantime, as this develops, they’ll be writing Ouija for Platinum Dunes and Universal.

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