We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
  • The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
  • Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
  • Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
  • HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
  • Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
  • The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
  • Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
  • Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar

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Lots of good news on the TV front broke over the weekend so, after the jump, read about the following:

  • Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange are coming back for American Horror Story season 2 along with Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.
  • Creator Ryan Murphy offers hints about the show’s return and a surprising twist with the casting.
  • Check out the teaser art for the second season of AMC’s The Killing.
  • A new trailer for Game of Thrones season two has been released.
  • Animated promos for NBC’s Community come online this week
  • Well-known actors like Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, Mira Sorvino and many others are heading to TV.

And Michel Hazanavicius and his film The Artist take one more step towards total awards dominance. The film has topped critic lists since it premiered at Cannes in May of 2011, and in the past couple weeks has become an awards juggernaut.

Last weekend The Artist won the PGA award for best picture of 2011, and last night Hazanavicius took the Director’s Guild award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film in 2011. Given that it has been almost a decade since someone won the DGA award and didn’t take the Best Director Oscar we can safely bet on the outcome of the Academy Awards, which are still a month away. (On average, the DGA award and Oscar go to different people once a decade.)

For those disappointed that the documentary Project Nim, from Man on Wire director James Marsh, didn’t get an Oscar nod, his win for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary might be considered a great consolation. And Patty Jenkins, who was booted from Marvel’s Thor 2, took a DGA award for directing the pilot for The Killing.

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Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:

  • Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
  • ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
  • NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
  • Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
  • AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead

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I am so very happy to report that AMC has officially renewed their dramatic mystery television series The Killing for a second season. Deadline has confirmed. I have yet to begin watching Game of Thrones, so until I do, I will say this is the best show I’m currently watching. The two-hour premiere drew 4.7 million viewers (a number which includes encore airings), and the series has been able to sustain about 2.2 million viewers on a weekly basis. The Killing is the fourth AMC dramatic series to get renewed for a second season, with Rubicon being the only show to be cancelled.

The question now is what will the second season be about? The first season followed the aftermath and investigation into the homicide of a teenage girl named Rosie Larsen. The 13 episodes were based off a popular Danish series Forbrydelsen, which has aired two series with a third currently in production. The second series of the Danish tv production was set two years later and involves the death of a female lawyer.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam praise the second season of Justified, get psyched about the next Will Smith film, come to terms with the fact that the Akira remake will be completely unrecognizable, and ponder the future of the Paranormal Activity series. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam compare the two Arthurs, praise the works of Tom McCarthy, unravel the mysteries of Hanna, lament the passing of one of the greatest directors of all time, and give a shout out to a pioneering movie blog. Special guest Dave Gonzales joins us from Latino Review.

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