There’s a little bit of everything in today’s batch, including a new trailer, new pics, some casting info, and some industry drama. After the jump:

  • Laurence Fishburne is in talks for Bryan Fuller‘s Hannibal
  • Check out the not-so-monstrous Mockingbird Lane cast
  • NBC’s new offerings for the fall season will debut early online
  • Flip through promo pics from Dexter‘s seventh season
  • Watch Claire Danes go crazy in a new trailer for Homeland
  • HBO picks up a pilot by UK Office co-creator Stephen Merchant
  • Modern Family‘s contract negotiations delay production

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On preview night at San Diego Comic-Con you can choose to do one of two things. Either you walk the floor and search for exclusive toys and cool booths, or you pack into Ballroom 20 and watch a bunch of highly anticipated television pilots. Fortunately, we at /Film have Hermione Granger time-turners and were able to do both. After the jump, there’s a video blog featuring Peter, Russ, Angie and myself in which we review the following pilots:

  • Revolution – The J.J. Abrams-produced, Jon Favreau-directed show starring Giancarlo Esposito and Billy Butler about a post-apocalyptic world with no electricity.
  • Arrow – The DC Comics superhero, Green Arrow, gets his own TV show on The CW with Stephen Amell in the title role.
  • 666 Park Ave. – A supernatural New York based thriller with Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams as apartment owners who may or not be Satan.
  • Cult – The creators of Farscape and Chuck collaborate on a show about a show where murders have began.
  • The FollowingKevin Williamson‘s latest about a mythic serial killer (James Purefoy), the detective who captured him (Kevin Bacon) and the results of his escape.

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We look ahead to the new seasons of a few popular shows and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about:

  • HBO has renewed True Blood and The Newsroom for next season.
  • Check out your first look at the prison which will house most of The Walking Dead season 3.
  • Lost alumni Elizabeth Mitchell joins J.J. Abrams‘ new show Revolution.

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In March, I posted an Wes Ball‘s awesome computer animated post-apocalyptic short film Ruin. I’ve heard that the short got many in Hollywood talking. Since the release, I’ve been waiting and expecting to see Ball’s name in a headline of a Hollywood trade news break.

That has yet to happen, so I was surprised when watching the trailer for J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau‘s new NBC television series Revolution to see a shot from Ball’s short film. How did a shot from an animated short film end up in a trailer for Bad Robot’s latest? Did JJ and crew pay Ball for the clip or was it completely ripped-off? Answers after the jump.

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In Lost, producer J.J. Abrams helped create a story set outside many modern technological bounds by enabling a tale stranding characters on a remote island. His new show, Revolution, goes a lot father, by positing a world in which all technology and electrical power dies. Anything that uses power simply dies one night, plunging the world into a state that is part dark age, part wild west.

Jon Favreau directed the pilot with Abrams producing and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) writing. We’ve now got a few views of the show, through an extended trailer, and a handful of clip from the show. It certainly isn’t short on scale, as you’ll see below. Read More »

There’s always a ton of news on the TV front but, instead of featuring it all, we occasionally pick out the good bits. After the jump read about:

  • J.J. Abrams‘ new show, Revolution (above), directed by Jon Favreau has been picked up.
  • James Cromwell will butt heads with Jessica Lange on American Horror Story Season 2.
  • Showtime is developing a show called The Angry Buddhist.
  • Star-making director Debra Granik will direct the HBO pilot American High Life.
  • See what Lady Gaga will, partially, look like on The Simpsons.
  • Chevy Chase still doesn’t think Community is funny.

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As Jon Favreau continues to prep what we think will be his next feature directorial gig, Magic Kingdom, he’s taking some time to work with J.J. Abrams. Favreau will direct the pilot of Revolution, a new drama produced by the Lost/Alias/Felicity/Star Trek/Super 8 mastermind. The NBC show, also produced by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, is about humans struggling to survive in a worth where all energy has mysteriously disappeared. Read more after the break. Read More »

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