It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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Some quick TV hits for you after the jump, including:

  • Bates Motel adds Max Thieriot as a big brother to Norman
  • Jeff Garlin will also return to Arrested Development
  • FX getting sued for copyright infringement over The League
  • Parks & Recreation looks funny as ever in Season 5 trailer
  • Watch an 18-minute blooper reel for Seasons 2-7 of The Office

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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A few new shows in development, a bit of casting, and some new trailers comprise today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Justified creator Graham Yost sells a female spy show to NBC
  • Showtime turns Robert De Niro‘s The Good Shepherd into a TV show
  • Lone Star and Awake creator to try again at ABC with Influence
  • William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland are Crossing Lines
  • American Horror Story adds Season 1 alum Frances Conroy
  • … and yes, of course they’ve released yet another new teaser
  • The Parks & Recreation cast goof off in a charming blooper reel
  • Tears and meaningful glances fill the Downton Abbey trailer

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Ron Swanson hasn’t always had the best luck with ladies, but maybe a visit from Xena herself — Lucy Lawless! — will turn things around. Also after the jump:

  • Michael J. Fox returns to TV with show based on his own life
  • Arrested Development gets new characters, including John Slattery
  • Archer voicer H. Jon Benjamin will show his face on Suburgatory
  • Torchwood‘s John Barrowman lands a recurring role on Arrow
  • Happy Endings‘ cast gets disco-fabulous in a Season 3 photo
  • See Shirley MacLaine in the new trailer for Downton Abbey
  • Everyone’s got guns in the Season 3 trailer for Boardwalk Empire

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There’s a load of brief TV news to offer up today, so let’s get right to it:

  • Real-life pols will cameo in Parks & Recreation‘s fifth season
  • Mindy Kaling will reprise her role as The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor
  • Speaking of which, here’s a poster for her new show The Mindy Project
  • Downton Abbey‘s third season trailer hints at the twists to come
  • Aaron Sorkin fires a lot of The Newsroom‘s writing staff
  • Patton Oswalt and Det. Kima Greggs (a.k.a. Sonja Sohn) head to Burn Notice
  • Clea Duvall joins American Horror Story‘s second season
  • Revenge casts Jennifer Jason Leigh as a presumed-dead character

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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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