Ah, fall — not only are new shows debuting and old shows returning, shows that don’t even exist yet are getting picked up left and right. After the jump:

  • HBO renews Treme for a fourth and final season
  • Ron Moore is adapting A Knight’s Tale for ABC
  • Fox updates Hamlet for modern-day Washington, DC
  • Homeland casts F. Murray Abraham as a CIA agent
  • James Caan will be a mob boss on Starz’ Magic City
  • Ricky Gervais‘ comedy Derek is headed to Netflix

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Today’s TV Bits is jam-packed with geeky goodness. After the jump:

  • Arrested Development starts filming new episodes
  • New character and plot details emerge for NBC’s Hannibal
  • Syfy and Bryan Fuller are adapting The Lotus Caves
  • Guillermo del Toro talks about Marvel’s Hulk TV series
  • The Wire‘s McNulty was almost on Game of Thrones
  • Showtime has new promos for Season 2 of Homeland
  • Take a peek at the second season of NBC’s Grimm
  • Watch a new trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Treme
  • NBC unwraps an extended preview for Revolution
  • Get a first look at Ashley Tisdale on Sons of Anarchy

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This past Sunday marked the start of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that two of today’s Bits have to do with trivia surrounding the AMC drug drama. But there’s plenty of other goodies in here for non-BB watchers as well. After the jump:

  • BSG‘s Ronald D. Moore will adapt the fantasy series Outlander for television
  • Roberto Orci offers a minor update on a possible Star Trek series… or two
  • Street Fighter heads to the small screen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
  • Bryan Fuller‘s brilliant-but-cancelled Pushing Daisies eyes a Broadway run
  • Dexter hires a Heroes alum to swing by Miami and snoop around for a few eps
  • AMC’s Hell on Wheels and HBO’s Treme drop trailers for their upcoming seasons

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Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from serial killers and motorcycle gang leaders to Canadian pop songstresses. After the jump:

  • A new Dexter teaser reveals the serial killer’s worst nightmare
  • FX dishes up a promisingly tragic new trailer for Sons of Anarchy
  • Bob’s Burgers‘ new Comic-Con poster offers choking first aid tips
  • HBO sets return dates for Boardwalk Empire and Treme
  • Jay Roach teams up with Paul Giamatti for HBO’s K Blows Top
  • Benedict Cumberbatch lands a double guest role on The Simpsons
  • Lost‘s Jorge Garcia could head to ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time
  • “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen heads to 90210

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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BLACK SWAN
Darren Aronofsky doesn’t want you to experience joy or happiness. He wants to devastate you. He wants to punish you as he does his characters, fully immersing you in every dreary facet of their world as it collapses around them. And he is really, really good at it. Aronofsky has always shown a fascination with the degeneration of the body and mind, finding its limits when tested against paranoia, addiction, disease and giant planks of wood covered in nails and barbed wire. It’s amusing then, that his most horrifying exercise in body horror would be a wildly operatic melodrama about ballet. In Black Swan, you are not treated as an observer to Natalie Portman’s physical and psychological torment; you are made to experience it through her. There is never a moment of rest. The more Portman strives for perfection, the more she feels as though she could break at any moment — and Aronofsky makes damn sure you feel it too. His goal, I can only imagine, was to force the audience into a perpetual state of exhaustive madness. Well, mission accomplished.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A “Metamorphosis: A Three-Part Series” feature. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 3 additional features (“Behind the Curtain”, “Ten Years in the Making”, “Cast Profiles – Roles of a Lifetime”).

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Kick-Ass Outdoor Art Posters - Hit GirlIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley praise the virtues of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and lament the state of a Hollywood that doesn’t allow a James Bond movie to be made. Special guest Jeff Goldsmith joins us from Creative Screenwriting Magazine and its podcast.

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Two big new HBO shows are coming soon with significant talent involved. There is The Wire creator David Simon‘s new Treme, and Boardwalk Empire, with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese. Each show gets a new trailer this week, and both are fantastic. I’m a bit partial to the one for Boardwalk Empire, if only because it has a killer line from Steve Buscemi.

Finally, you can watch the first episode of Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific online for free, but you’ll have to give up some info to do so.

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A simple — yet very effective — teaser for David Simon’s (The Wire, Generation Kill) new HBO series Treme has just popped online. Even at a mere fourty-seven seconds, it’s already giving me goosebumps. Hunter has covered some statements from Simon about the series last month. Here’s a primer: Treme is about a group of musicians and other folks living in the Treme neighborhood of post-Katrina New Orleans. The Wire’s Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native, will play an accomplished jazz trombonist, and Clark Peters will portray the leader of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe. The rest of the cast includes Steve Zahn, John Goodman, and Melissa Leo.

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