Today’s TV Bits centers mostly around renewals, pickups, and projects in development, though there’s an interesting holiday-appropriate video in here for you as well. After the jump:

  • Showtime renews Homeland for a third season
  • CBS’ Elementary and Vegas get full-season orders
  • CW wants more Arrow, Beauty & the Beast, and Emily Owens
  • Jimmy Fallon’s Guys With Kids gets five more scripts
  • Big Bang Theory writer is developing Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Fox’s New Girl and Raising Hope get two more episodes
  • ABC commits to bar-set Mixology, from Hangover scribes
  • Jane Fonda books a starring sitcom gig on ABC’s Now What?
  • Boardwalk Empire writer sells Jane Austen and West Memphis Three dramas
  • Fox is working on non-superpowered superhero comedy The B Team
  • Jennifer Garner returns to TV as an executive producer
  • Watch a new clip from NBC’s Mockingbird Lane

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Fox’s strategy of debuting freshman comedy New Girl online two weeks early paid off beautifully last fall, so it makes sense that they’d take a similar approach to this year’s crop of new shows. The first episodes of The Mindy Project and Ben & Kate have both hit the web this week, nearly a month in advance of their September 25 on-air premieres.

Created by and starring The Office alum Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project follows a doctor trying to get her life back on track in her early 30s. Ben & Kate, meanwhile, stars Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (one-half of the Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriting duo) as a pair of grown-up siblings who move in together. Along with New Girl and fellow returning series Raising Hope, The Mindy Project and Ben & Kate will comprise Fox’s new Tuesday night comedy block. Watch the new shows’ pilot episodes in their entirety after the jump.

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Happy Monday, everyone. After the jump:

  • Fox will host screenings and Q&As of their new shows
  • Peter Berg and NBC will explore supervillain underlings
  • Dexter sheds a bit of blood in a new poster for Season 7
  • Walking Dead deleted scene shows what might’ve been
  • Take a peek at Cinemax’s new Transporter TV series

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There’s a load of brief TV news to offer up today, so let’s get right to it:

  • Real-life pols will cameo in Parks & Recreation‘s fifth season
  • Mindy Kaling will reprise her role as The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor
  • Speaking of which, here’s a poster for her new show The Mindy Project
  • Downton Abbey‘s third season trailer hints at the twists to come
  • Aaron Sorkin fires a lot of The Newsroom‘s writing staff
  • Patton Oswalt and Det. Kima Greggs (a.k.a. Sonja Sohn) head to Burn Notice
  • Clea Duvall joins American Horror Story‘s second season
  • Revenge casts Jennifer Jason Leigh as a presumed-dead character

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