Ah, fall — not only are new shows debuting and old shows returning, shows that don’t even exist yet are getting picked up left and right. After the jump:

  • HBO renews Treme for a fourth and final season
  • Ron Moore is adapting A Knight’s Tale for ABC
  • Fox updates Hamlet for modern-day Washington, DC
  • Homeland casts F. Murray Abraham as a CIA agent
  • James Caan will be a mob boss on Starz’ Magic City
  • Ricky Gervais‘ comedy Derek is headed to Netflix

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There may not be a whole lot to watch on TV right now, but there’s plenty to watch in TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Neil Marshall will direct Michael Bay‘s pirate drama Black Sails
  • John Boyd and Dileep Rao join Kiefer Sutherland in Touch
  • The Walking Dead will kill off another series regular in Season 3
  • Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management gets 90 more eps. Sigh
  • Watch Showtime’s animated prequel mini-web-series for Dexter
  • NBC’s The New Normal hits the web a couple weeks early
  • Fox unveils more teasers for Fringe‘s fifth and final season
  • American Horror Story spills plot details; watch more teasers

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The latest development in this sad Dan Harmon / Community saga is a leaked memo from NBC instructing the shows actors on how to handle the topic while speaking to the public. Honestly, it’s not so much that the note itself is unreasonable or dishonest, but that now it’ll be tough not to listen for these same talking points when we see Joel McHale or Alison Brie field questions about it on some late night talk show.

Happily, the rest of today’s TV Bits are a little more cheerful:

  • NBC’s Mockingbird Lane casts a Spy Kid as its Eddie Munster
  • HBO Zone announces a Game of Thrones Season 2 marathon
  • Starz hopes you’ll tune in to its Spartacus marathon a few days later
  • True Blood‘s new promo has lots of sex and violence

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Two big-shot feature filmmakers are headed to the small screen, albeit in two very different capacities. Michael Bay will executive produce Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails, while David Cronenberg is set to guest star on Syfy’s time-travel thriller Rewind. Also after the jump:

  • Go behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season
  • The first set photo from Season 7 of AMC’s Dexter drops
  • The CW’s Arrow is virtually “a lock” for pick-up
  • January Jones says to expect more “Fat Betty” on Mad Men
  • The BBC orders a brand-new zombie drama

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Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:

  • Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
  • Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
  • Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
  • HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
  • A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
  • A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season

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Yes, that Munsters reboot is still happening, and now it even has a star. After the jump:

  • Eddie Izzard heads to Mockingbird Lane
  • Mad Men messes up a tiny period detail
  • Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is an actor now
  • Terra Nova star Jason O’Mara finds a new job
  • Starz has already renewed Magic City
  • HBO has new posters for Veep and Girls

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Comedy nerds rejoice: WTF with Marc Maron is heading to a small screen near you, thanks to IFC. Also after the jump:

  • Starz’ Magic City gets a new, NSFW trailer
  • NBC renews Grimm for Season 2
  • TNT announces its summer lineup
  • Game of Thrones unveils new character portraits
  • The Walking Dead video game gets a trailer

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If you, like me, have a long Netflix streaming queue filled with movies you’ve been meaning to see but can never quite seem to find the time for, now may be a good time to finally get around to crossing some of those off your to-do list. You may recall that last fall, just as Netflix was dealing with the massive backlash to its price increases, Starz broke off negotiations to renew its deal with the home video service.

Well, February 29 marks the end of the companies’ existing contract, meaning that this week will be your last chance to stream Toy Story 3, Scarface, or Party Down on Netflix. More details — including a link to a list of the expiring Starz titles — after the jump.

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