There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:

  • Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
  • Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
  • CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
  • Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
  • Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
  • Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
  • Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
  • ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner

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Last week, we reported on an as-yet-untitled documentary about South Park that would be airing on Comedy Central October 2, days ahead of the show’s October 5 return. We now have a bit more detail on what, exactly, the special will be about. According to Playbill (via Collider), the documentary will be:

an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes world of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at South Park Studios in Los Angeles through this special documentary, providing an exclusive, insiders look into the making of a ‘South Park’ episode.

The documentary is apparently part of a year-long celebration of the series to mark its 15th anniversary. Other components of the celebration include the “South Park Fan Experience” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a traveling exhibit curated by artist Ron English, and limited-edition South Park-branded merchandise.

After the jump, lots of TV marketing: posters for Boardwalk Empire and Person of Interest, plus a poster and an intriguingly creepy teaser for American Horror Story.

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What if Batman was a former CIA operative who had the ability to predict crimes before they happened, and had no qualms about kneecapping baddies? That’s the basic premise of Person of Interest, the new Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams written/produced CBS series that will be hitting this fall.

After getting an early glimpse of the pilot last night at Comic-Con, I’m pleased to say that the show more than lives up to our lofty expectations.

Jim Caviezel stars as said former CIA operative, John Reese. At the beginning of the pilot, he’s wracked with guilt and is trying to drink himself to death after losing the woman he loves. After an encounter with thugs in the subway (while sporting what I like to call the “bum Jesus look”), Reese is eventually recruited by an eccentric billionaire, Dr. Finch (Lost’s Michael Emerson), who has developed computer software that can predict crimes before they happen. Taraji P. Henson is also in the fold as a police officer who seems keen on Reese’s background, and will likely serve as as the Commissioner Gordon role to Reese’s Batman. Read More »

We’ve already teased you with info from one J.J. Abrams produced show that’s set to premiere on TV this Fall, the Fox series Alcatraz. But Abrams isn’t stopping there. He’s also got a show on CBS that’s from the people behind The Dark Knight, Lost and even The Passion of the Christ. The show is called Person of Interest and if your a regular reader of the site, you know we’re excited about it. It stars Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost) and Jim Caviezel (Jesus from The Passion of the Christ) as a New York crime fighting team that uses advanced technology to stop crimes before they happen. Think Law and Order meets Minority Report. It’s co-executive produced, and written by, Jonah Nolan who wrote The Dark Knight along with his brother (Christopher Nolan, maybe you’ve heard of him) and will begin airing Thursday nights at 9 p.m. this Fall.

Watch an extended trailer for the show and read the official description after the jump. Read More »

The men who helped to create such popular properties as Lost, The Dark Knight, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes are just a few of the people with brand new shows currently awaiting the executioner’s axe. The J.J. Abrams-produced show Alcatraz, Jonah Nolan‘s Person of Interest, Ronald Moore‘s 17th Precinct and Tim Kring‘s Touch are four out of dozens of pilots whose fates will be decided this month as the networks get ready to announce their fall schedules from May 16-19 at New York upfronts. And while it would be easy to assume anything these guys touch would most certainly make it to our television screens, Deadline’s sources say that some might not. Read more about the buzz on all those shows, as well as a ton of other upcoming pilots you have been anticipating (Locke & Key, Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, etc), after the jump. Read More »

Usually, news of someone being cast in a TV pilot isn’t particularly exciting. There’s no guarantee that the show will ever get picked up and we may never even get a chance to see it. There are exciting exceptions, however. Instances like when one of the biggest TV stars of the last decade decides to return to the small screen, or the most iconic female superhero gets cast or, J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonah Nolan lock in the lead of their show.

Person of Interest, about an assumed-to-be-dead-CIA officer who gets hired by a New York billionaire to solve crimes, will be top lined by Jim Caviezel, best known for his role in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. He’ll round out a cast that includes Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost).

In more TV pilot casting news, Saw and Princess Bride star Cary Elwes will join the aforementioned pilot for Wonder Woman. Read more each project after the break. Read More »

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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