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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Everything in today’s TV Bits looks awfully familiar, I suppose because it concerns three current critical favorites and an upcoming show with a recycled premise. After the jump:

  • Parks & Recreation shoots multiple Season 4 endings
  • Community‘s animated shorts hit the web
  • Justified gets a fourth-season renewal
  • Showtime develops a TV version of You Kill Me

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Though everyone knows Marilyn Monroe is Lindsay Lohan‘s deceased classic Hollywood legend of choice, it may be Elizabeth Taylor she’ll be playing next. Lohan has entered early talks to star in the Lifetime original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, about the tempestuous, Vatican-condemned romance between Taylor and actor Richard Burton. Oh boy.

I can’t do better than this old quote from Slate (via Deadline) about the things the two had in common, so I won’t try: “Both had domineering stage mothers, little semblance of a real childhood, fame from a young age, substance abuse issues, public emotional outpourings, and copious amounts of tabloid drama. The key difference, though, is that Elizabeth Taylor had a true record of achievement before she became the most notorious movie star in America.”

Even with those similarities, it’s tough to see how casting the troubled, famously unreliable Lohan could possibly seem like a good idea. Then again, this project is drawing headlines (like this one) just for flirting with the idea of casting Lohan, so I suppose it’s worked out pretty well for them already.

After the jump, a Bond girl gets kidnapped, and Amy Poehler finds a nemesis in one of her Wet Hot American Summer co-stars.

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Sad as I am to see summer go, there is something I’m really looking forward to about the coming months, and that is the advent of the television’s regular season. After a long summer away from my imaginary friends in Pawnee, Greendale, and Lima, I’m eager to check back in and see what the new premieres have to offer. Hit the jump to see:

  • The beginnings of a triple-Tammy drink-off in a preview for Parks & Recreation Season 4
  • Greendale Community College literally dancing for joy in the promo for Community Season 3
  • Those crazy New Directions kids up to their usual tricks again in a spot for Glee Season 3

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Glee star Darren Criss has landed a part in Imogene, a dark comedy by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The Michelle Morgan-penned script revolves around a New York playwright (Kristen Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she winds up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted “tacky Jersey Shore mother” (Annette Bening).

Criss will play “a younger love interest” who catches the eye of Wiig’s character, but let’s be real — the really intriguing bit of info here is the fact that Bening will be, as Vulture put it, “channel[ing] Snooki” to play “the mother who’s a little inappropriate all the time.” Shooting for the project will begin in New York City this summer. [ThePlaylist]

After the jump, Frank Grillo picks up two new roles on either side of the law, and Patricia Clarkson gets ready to scare the living daylights out of Ron Fucking Swanson.

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Fans of Pawnee, Indiana and Kenny Powers are going to want to pay attention. Gallery 1988 has premiered posters for NBC’s Parks and Recreation as well as HBO’s Eastbound and Down to go along with their upcoming presentations at PaleyFest 2011. For Parks and Recreations, Mike Mitchell (who did the famous I’m With Coco poster) pays homage to Casablanca while Derek Deal was inspired by 1985 Topps baseball cards for Eastbound and Down. Both posters will go on sale at their respective events this week and all leftovers will go on sale on Gallery1988.com. Check out the full images of each poster after the jump. Read More »

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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PARKS AND RECREATION (SEASON 2)
My write-up of the first season of Parks and Recreation amounted to little more than a prediction that the show would hit its stride in Season 2. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Following a nearly identical pattern to The Office, Parks and Rec struggled through a forgettable introductory 6-episode season that mainly served to set up the characters and find the show’s rhythm. I see it as the trial run to the expanded 24-episode second season, which utilizes its engaging cast to much greater comedic effect. If you gave up on it after the first season, I highly recommend giving it another chance.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over two and half hours of deleted scenes, six audio commentaries, a blooper reel, five webisodes, “Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party”, “?uestlove on: Parks”, Theme Song performed by Gabby Moreno, and Winter Games promos.

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