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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For TV fans, next week begins one of the most exciting events of the year: PaleyFest. It’s a two-week festival in Los Angeles where the casts and crews of some of TV’s most successful shows hold in-depth discussions and Q&A’s about where their shows have been and are going. This year ,the featured shows are American Horror Story, Community, Once Upon A Time, New Girl, The Office, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, Revenge, Two and a Half Men, Mad Men and Modern Family.

And though not everyone can be in person to see these events, this year PaleyFest has partnered with Hulu to stream them after the fact. Starting March 15, several (but not all) of the panels will be online for your viewing pleasure. After the jump, find out which will be available as well as which artists are doing this year’s posters. Read More »

This week marked the launch of UltraViolet, a new digital locker system that would allow users to purchase content in one physical or digital format and access it across all platforms via a cloud-based system. The service came about through years of negotiation and collaboration between major studios, manufacturers, and retailers, but not everyone in the industry was on board — Apple and Disney were among the two biggest holdouts.

We’ve now learned why Apple declined to participate, and it’s pretty much the same reason Disney did. Apple has quietly been working on its own cloud service, expected to launch in late 2011 or early 2012, and has been working out deals with studios to allow videos purchased through iTunes to be streamed on any Apple device including iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV.

The good news for UltraViolet is that Apple is reportedly considering allowing UltraViolet users to access their libraries via apps on their Apple products. As the company accounts for a whopping 66% of digital movie sales and rentals — not to mention a sizable share of the market for both tablets and smartphones — this could be a big help to UltraViolet. However, in an effort to encourage customers to continue buying Apple electronics, iTunes purchases would only be playable on other Apple devices. [LA Times]

After the jump, read about a new deal between Netflix and The CW to bring all the Gossip Girl and Supernatural you could possibly want to your streaming account.

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glee

Wednesday night marked the season debut of Glee on Fox, the new one-hour comedy series that is currently as well known for its experimental, tireless marketing campaign as for its potential to be the season’s largest breakout hit. On the ratings front, the episode pulled in 7.3 million viewers and was tops in the 18-49 demo; but that didn’t match the 10 million-plus it scored in May, when Fox teased the pilot directly following its inexplicably popular show, the one that features highly emotive people singing. When the friggin’ Vampire Diaries is racking up nearly 5 million viewers on the CW, is that cause for concern? Should Fox add fangs and immortal lovin’? I’m guessing that the majority of our interested readers are now caught up with Glee via DVR. So, what did you think of the ep, the song choices, and the show in general? Some of my thoughts after the jump…

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