Showtime is presenting panels to the Television Critics Association and began its day with premiere date announcements and series renewals. New and returning series include Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Billions, Black Monday, The Chi and Vice. The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress got renewed. Shameless got renewed, but for one final season.

Showtime Presidents of Entertainment Jana Winograde and Gary Levine made the announcements. The only news about Halo was a still photo of Pablo Schreiber in full Master Chief armor. He’s sitting in pensive “Thinker” mode with his gun by his side, but that look was for the TCA room only.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Katey Sagal and Courteney Cox join Shameless as Emmy Rossum departs
  • Elle Fanning and Nicholas Holt in talks for Hulu’s Catherine the Great
  • Gina Rodriguez is directing an episode of the Charmed reboot
  • Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five miniseries adds even more cast members
  • Netflix has a new True Crime anthology series
  • Westworld‘s Jimmy Simpson joins Our Lady, LTD
  • Jane Krakowski will play Emily Dickinson’s mom in Apple’s new comedy series
  • Crazy Rich Asians actress Jing Lusi lands role in Amazon Series The Feed

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Look how excited Masuka is about the impending return of Dexter. After the jump:

  • HBO sets Boardwalk Empire and Hello Ladies premiere dates
  • Bobby Cannavale joins Martin Scorsese‘s HBO pilot
  • Michelle Fairley (a.k.a. Catelyn Stark) heads to Suits
  • Dan Stevens is sorry about that Downton Abbey stuff
  • The IT Crowd crowd is back at work for one last episode
  • Showtime’s Shameless loses one of its regulars
  • Nurse Jackie will stick around for another year
  • The Borgias will end after Season 3, won’t get a movie
  • Peek at photos from the Dexter Season 8 premiere

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The end is nigh for 30 Rock, but fear not — the TGS gang will live on as a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of some sort. Also after the jump:

  • Girl Meets World casts the offspring of Cory and Topanga
  • There might be a Malcom in the Middle reunion on Breaking Bad, kinda
  • Girls and Enlightened episodes work around the Super Bowl with online debuts
  • Shameless, House of Lies, Californication, Ripper Street and Banshee get renewed
  • Glen Mazzara says to “ask AMC” why he was kicked off The Walking Dead

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Based on the header image, can you guess who’s coming back for Breaking Bad‘s final stretch? Also after the jump:

  • Sam Mendes and a Skyfall co-writer team for a Showtime project
  • Rupert Wyatt gets hired for AMC’s period drama pilot Turn
  • Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising desperately needs more viewers
  • Check out two new stills from Arrested Development
  • Could Michael Cera be angling for an Archer guest spot?
  • Michelle Monaghan joins Cary Fukunaga‘s True Detective
  • The CW’s Amazon and Arrow could be set in the same universe
  • Dexter and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome get premiere dates
  • A&E’s Bates Motel unveils five creepy new posters
  • Here’s a new cast photo for Mortal Kombat: Legacy
  • Watch the season premieres of Californication and Shameless

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Today’s TV Bits consists of a bit of casting info, some scheduling notes, and several interesting promos. After the jump:

  • Bates Motel casts the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory kid as Norman
  • Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have been added to Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks will go gangster on CBS’ Vegas
  • Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication return in January
  • HBO and CBS lead the Creative Arts Emmys with 17 and 13 wins, respectively
  • Revisit familiar faces in the first teaser for Season 2 of Girls
  • See The Office‘s newest additions in a new promo for Season 9
  • Still more American Horror Story: Asylum teasers hit the web
  • Everyone is exhausted in new Walking Dead teaser and stills

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Today’s TV Bits is a severely mixed bag, as we get updates on two returning shows and a few other shows that are dead or close to it. After the jump:

  • NBC confirms that Community will be back in the spring
  • AMC sets a return date for Mad Men
  • Showtime releases the season premieres of Shameless and Californication online
  • Fox cancels Allen Gregory, begins developing new late-night animated block
  • Fox’s Fringe seems likely to get cancelled
  • Fox decides against Glee spin-off, but devises a plan to keep its biggest stars on the show.

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Plenty of offices around the country have already begun winding down for the holidays, but apparently Showtime and HBO had a few things to get out of the way first. Meanwhile, Fox is still holding out on a decision on Terra Nova til the new year — though the producers are apparently feeling optimistic. After the jump:

  • HBO renews Enlightened, axes Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America
  • Showtime drops a trailer for Shameless Season 2
  • Dexter showrunner Scott Buck talks about the finale’s climactic moments
  • Homeland exec producers discuss the tense first season finale
  • Terra Nova producers are “guardedly optimistic” about the show’s chances for a second season

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There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:

  • Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
  • Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
  • CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
  • Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
  • Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
  • Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
  • Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
  • ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner

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