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Zombieland dies a second death as Amazon decides to pass on the series. Also after the jump:

  • SNL loses Bill Hader, retains Seth Meyers
  • Downton Abbey gets parodied by Diddy and The Simpsons; sets a U.S. premiere date
  • HIMYM‘s entire ninth season will take place over one weekend
  • Is NBC’s Hannibal headed to cable television?
  • USA is still flirting with Happy Endings
  • HBO picks up Mike Judge‘s new show and a “gay Girls
  • Netflix encourages you to “insert Tobias anywhere”
  • CBS has another new trailer for Under the Dome
  • The CW shows off its new 2013-2014 series

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The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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The apple often doesn’t fall far from the tree in Hollywood, as evidenced by the number of Hollywood offspring who’ve grown up to become Hollywood players in their own right. Sofia Coppola and Jason Reitman became directors, just like their fathers, while Jeff Bridges, Kate Hudson and Colin Hanks all became actors, just like their parents. Now, actor-turned-director Ron Howard’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard is poised to follow her father’s footsteps by making the leap from acting to writing and directing.

Howard’s first feature as a director will be The Originals, a New York City-based drama about 20somethings. The original (heh) script was written by Howard herself and her writing partner/brother-in-law Dane Charbonneau. Read more about the project and watch Howard’s very first directorial effort, the short film Orchids, after the jump.

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It will come as no surprise that Bryce Dallas Howard‘s first project as a screenwriter will be produced by Ron Howard‘s Imagine entertainment set-up. To give her the benefit of the doubt, let’s just assume anybody would have snapped the screenplay right up, its just that Dad and company were obviously always going to be given first refusal. The Hollywood Reporter describe the film The Originals as “an ensemble film about a group of twenty somethings”, so perhaps Bryce even wrote herself a role. I mean – why not? In her shoes, I think I would. Details on the creepy-sounding premise after the break.

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