Community‘s Dan Harmon is very sorry you had to witness that nasty drama between him and Chevy Chase. Also after the jump:

  • The first three minutes of Falling Skies‘ second season
  • Target’s “Little Avengers” ad is pretty cute, if you like kids
  • HBO releases another trailer for its politica satire Veep
  • Robert Redford will produce a Watergate doc for Discovery
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse, a.k.a. McLovin, heads to CBS
  • Watch a preview for Ricky Gervais’ new comedy-drama Derek

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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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With Goodfellas and Casino scribe Nicholas Pileggi writing and James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) set to direct the pilot, it’s probably not surprising that CBS’ 1960s Las Vegas-set Ralph Lamb is attracting some serious acting talent as well. Dennis Quaid is now in talks for the title role, a real-life rodeo cowboy who went on to become Clark County’s longest-serving sheriff. The Shield alum Michael Chiklis is negotiating to play Lamb’s nemesis, a Chicago mobster who decides to take on Las Vegas.

Though Chiklis is known for his work on shows like The Shield, The Commish, and more recently, No Ordinary Family, Ralph Lamb would mark the first regular TV series gig for Quaid. The show is one of two gangster-themed TV shows on Pileggi’s plate at the moment; he also has a small-screen version of Goodfellas set up at AMC. [Vulture, THR]

After the jump, a Heroes alum joins a Walking Dead star on Frank Darabont’s new series.

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Today’s TV Bits happens to be a bit heavy on Game of Thrones, but there’s plenty of other good stuff in here too, I promise. After the jump:

  • Rumor has it HBO plans to renew Game of Thrones for Seasons 3 and 4, and shoot them back-to-back
  • Also, we’ve got shots of Kit Harrington on the GoT set in Iceland
  • Plus, Maisie Williams explains Arya Stark’s new look for Season 2 of GoT
  • TNT drops an extended sneak peek of its upcoming drama Dallas — yes, as in that Dallas
  • Fox announces its midseason schedule, including premiere dates for Napoleon Dynamite, Alcatraz, and Touch

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Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:

  • Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
  • HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
  • Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
  • Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
  • Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
  • The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows

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Our last couple editions of TV Bits have been filled with mostly good news, but today’s is more of a downer, what with shows getting axed, a guy getting hurt, and, well, do you consider a Fred Durst sitcom bad news? At least AMC has some nice things to offer, including a new trailer for Hell on Wheels and some intriguing dramas in the works.

After the jump:

  • Charlie’s Angels and Memphis Beat get cancelled
  • Olivia Wilde leaves House
  • Transporter star Chris Vance gets injured
  • Fred Durst signs a deal with CBS
  • Hell on Wheels gets a new trailer

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Today’s edition of TV Bits isn’t just a mixed bag, but a jam-packed one. Happily, it’s nothing but good news all around as networks order more episodes of some promising rookie shows and get to work developing other intriguing series for next season. After the jump:

  • ABC orders more Revenge, Suburgatory, and Happy Endings
  • The CW gives full-season orders to Ringer, The Secret Circle, and Hart of Dixie
  • NBC orders six more scripts for Prime Suspect
  • HBO plans an hourlong TV version of The Kids Are All Right
  • Disney gives the go-ahead to a musical zombie sitcom
  • TNT casts Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer in a K-9 pilot

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Band of Brothers writer Bruce McKenna and Nikita producer/director Danny Cannon are developing a new Western series for TNT titled Gateway. The 1880s-set action/adventure series will follow the three sons of a murdered sheriff in the titular town of Gateway, Colorado, who band together in order to save their town from a corrupt cattle baron. (Is there any other kind?) TNT’s currently given the show a “cast-contingent pilot order,” so we can probably expect casting rumors to start flying around soon.

Westerns are having something of a moment right now on the small screen. Also coming up is AMC’s post-Civil War series Hell on Wheels, as well as a possible remake of Wild Wild West from CBS; NBC was also working on a Western show, but scrapped the project after the pilot stage. The premise for Gateway sounds like classic Western, and with McKenna and Cannon behind it, I think there’s great potential here for a serious, well-done take on the genre. [Entertainment Weekly]

After the jump, Game of Thrones picks up yet another new cast member, and two Buffy alums dabble once more in the supernatural.

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Earlier this month, Peter reported from WonderCon that he was “very impressed” by the clips he’d seen of Falling Skies, praising the show for its “very high budget and cinematic” look. Now that TNT’s released the first five minutes of the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion series, we can judge for ourselves — and I’m with Peter. It’s too early to tell if Falling Skies will actually be a quality show, but this first clip, at least, looks good. Watch it after the jump.

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