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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We’ve got a mixed bag of TV bits for you today, from some pretty sci-fi artwork for TNT to possible envelope-pushing on NBC, so let’s get started.

First off, HBO’s treatment of In Treatment: It was widely reported last night that the premium cable network had canceled its ratings-challenged psychiatric drama starring Gabriel Byrne. Today, however, HBO has released a statement suggesting the show might not be dead after all:

It’s true that we have no plans to continue with ‘In Treatment’ as previously formatted. However, we are in continued conversations with the executive producers to find another way to continue telling these rich stories.

The show currently has a somewhat unusual format. Instead of one episode per week, In Treatment airs multiple episodes in a week. It seems plausible that HBO’s plan is to streamline the show somewhat by consolidating or cutting some of the episodes, but the network has yet to officially announce its strategy. (Edit from Russ: HBO also planned to continue Deadwood in a different format, and that never happened. That, however, was a far more expensive proposition. Hopefully this will work out better.) [Zap2It, The New York Times]

After the jump, posters, nudity clauses, and possible superhero casting news.

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Terra Nova may be suffering setback after setback, but the other new Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series, Falling Skies, looks to be right on track. The alien invasion TNT show is slated for a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 19 at 9/8c, and the network has steadily been releasing promos over the last few months. The latest one is a trailer/featurette that includes brief clips of stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Drew Roy discussing the show. Watch it after the jump.

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