Sam Neill Jurassic Park

Jurassic World has been picking up a pretty great cast, but one person we shouldn’t expect to see in it is original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Also after the jump:

  • The website for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has launched
  • Zach Gilford slips a few plot details about The Purge 2
  • Uwe Boll and Brendan Fletcher will go on another Rampage
  • Spike Lee and Ray Allen have discussed a He Got Game sequel
  • Sarah Jessica Parker thinks SATC has “one last chapter to tell”
  • Stephen Moyer hints at a True Blood movie sequel, maybe

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True Blood

Briefly: Prepare to leave Bon Temps behind forever. HBO announced today that their flagship drama True Blood will end after the seventh season, which is expected to air next year.

In a statement, HBO spoke fondly of the horror-fantasy series. “True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said president of programming Michael Lombardo. “Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

Season 7 will consist of ten episodes, like Season 6 before it. (Seasons 1-5 consisted of twelve episodes each.) Leads Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and, yes, Alexander Skarsgard are set to return for the final season. [HitFix]

Breaking Bad Season 5 - Hank and Jesse

It’s a weirdly good time for ’90s kids, as Uncle Jesse and Carmen Sandiego plot their returns. After the jump:

  • Uncle Jesse’s band from Full House will reunite
  • The elusive Carmen Sandiego may return to PBS
  • American Dad is moving from Fox to TBS
  • James Franco will drop by The Mindy Project
  • Damon Wayans Jr. is returning to New Girl
  • Ray Donovan and True Blood get renewed
  • Here’s who’ll direct Game of Thrones next season
  • Check out a new trailer for Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad teasers and stills show lots of glares

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Portlandia

Game of Thrones has ended for the year, but its shadow continues to loom large. After the jump:

  • Portlandia will return for two more seasons
  • What happens of Game of Thrones catches up to the books?
  • A Sons of Anarchy prequel is still a long ways away
  • Dan Harmon closes his Community Season 5 deal
  • Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will bring his sneer to TNT
  • Frank Darabont finds his Mickey Cohen for Lost Angels
  • Under the Dome plucks a star from The Following
  • Veronica Mars adds a bunch of fan favorites, and also Piz
  • Watch a trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Luther
  • Starz’s The White Queen tries to fill the Game of Thrones gap
  • HBO offers new trailers for a bunch of their non-GOT shows

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Toy Hunter

Yes, even more TV Bits today. Lots of FX info, including returning shows, return dates for The Killing and True Blood, here’s what you’ll find below:

  • FX will launch a few channel called FXX, featuring the new seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, all of which have been renewed.
  • One of my favorite shows, Toy Hunter, returns for season two on April 10.
  • TNT orders a new show called Nashville Confidential.
  • The Killing gets a third season trailer and premiere date.
  • True Blood returns to HBO in June without Alan Ball.
  • Read the full list of shows Bravo has returning and developing.
  • Conquistadors, about the fall of the Incan Empire, could appear on FX.

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We look ahead to the new seasons of a few popular shows and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about:

  • HBO has renewed True Blood and The Newsroom for next season.
  • Check out your first look at the prison which will house most of The Walking Dead season 3.
  • Lost alumni Elizabeth Mitchell joins J.J. Abrams‘ new show Revolution.

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Among today’s TV-related odds and ends:

  • See photos of the Mockingbird Lane set under construction
  • AMC announces a Walking Dead marathon, releases new still
  • Everyone’s favorite show, The Wire, gets an oral history
  • Thomas Jane joins Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir on TNT
  • Tina Majorino boards HBO’s True Blood for Season 5
  • Will Dexter Season 7 pick up where Season 6 left off?

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The latest development in this sad Dan Harmon / Community saga is a leaked memo from NBC instructing the shows actors on how to handle the topic while speaking to the public. Honestly, it’s not so much that the note itself is unreasonable or dishonest, but that now it’ll be tough not to listen for these same talking points when we see Joel McHale or Alison Brie field questions about it on some late night talk show.

Happily, the rest of today’s TV Bits are a little more cheerful:

  • NBC’s Mockingbird Lane casts a Spy Kid as its Eddie Munster
  • HBO Zone announces a Game of Thrones Season 2 marathon
  • Starz hopes you’ll tune in to its Spartacus marathon a few days later
  • True Blood‘s new promo has lots of sex and violence

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