TRUE BLOOD Co-Executive Producer Mark Hudis Replacing Alan Ball as Showrunner for Season Six

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Alan Ball has been a good sport and stuck with his steamy, bloody vampire series True Blood on HBO for a few years now, but as we learned in February, the Six Feet Under creator is leaving at the end of the fifth season. Now, Deadline has word on a new deal with HBO for True Blood co-executive producer Mark Hudis to take over the reins as the main executive producer and showrunner for the cable series if it gets renewed for a sixth season, a decision that likely won’t be made until at least the premiere of the fifth season on June 10th.

Apparently, Hudis’ new deal is for two-years and also includes a development aspect for him to create new shows on his own. Hudis has been a part of True Blood for season four and now season five and actually has a history with Ball having written some episodes of the comedy series Cybill together back in 1997 and 1998. However, the two have long been friends since working at AdWeek about 20 years ago. It sounds like Ball really trusts Hudis with his show, so hopefully that will settle down some of the fans who have been worried. Of course, they might not even care if this fifth season doesn’t deliver. Ball will still be involved with True Blood, but just not running the show. We’ll have to wait and see how this pans out after the fifth season starts this summer.

First Look at Michonne from Season Three of THE WALKING DEAD

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Just recently we got a tease of the third season of The Walking Dead which is currently in production. The cast and crew talked about the darker and more ominous feel of the the AMC series, and also the new characters who will be coming our way in October. Now we finally have the first official photo of one of those characters who was shown in obscurity at the conclusion of last season. The first photo of Michonne, the bad-ass samurai sword wielding woman played by Danai Gurira (Treme), has arrived, and you can see it after the jump.

SMASH Axes Two Series Regulars from the Second Season

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Though NBC’s musical drama series Smash is coming back for a second season, not all of the regulars from the first season will have a role, and they’re probably not even allowed back for the chorus (musical jokes!). Raza Jaffrey, who played Katharine McPhee‘s fiance in the first season and Jaime Cepero, who played the despicable assistant Ellis, have both been axed from the second season. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James, who played Debra Messing‘s husband Frank and Will Chase, who played the Broadway musical star with whom she cheated, are also not going to return as season regulars. More after the jump.

LUCK Star Jason Gedrick Lands Multi-Episode Arc on Season Seven of DEXTER

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With HBO putting Luck out of its misery earlier this year, that leaves one of the series’ stars to travel to another cable network for a high profile role. Showtime has announced that Jason Gedrick, who can also be seen in films like Iron Eagle, Promised Land and Backdraft, has landed a multi-episode arc in the forthcoming seventh season of Dexter. Though we don’t know the specifics of the story this season, Gedrick will play the manager of a Miami-area gentlemen’s club that becomes linked to a high-profile murder case. This comes after Ray Stevenson has been cast in a role that will likely turn out to be some sort of adversary for Michael C. Hall as everyone’s favorite serial killer.

Hopefully this summer we’ll find out more about what Dexter will be encountering this season after the conclusion of the sixth season really shook things up between Dexter and his sister Deb, and will likely test the bonds of the brother and sister duo at the Miami Metro Police Department. Stay tuned for more updates on Dexter and our eager anticipation of the season premiere on September 30th at 9/8c. Check out the full press release after the jump.

AMC Announces Summer Premiere Dates for BREAKING BAD, HELL ON WHEELS and Unscripted Series SMALL TOWN SECURITY

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Earlier this month, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul teased the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad, and now AMC has officially announced the premiere date for the drama series this summer. The first eight episodes of the final season will begin airing on July 15th at 10/9c, and the final eight episodes will air sometime in the summer of 2013. I thought the break between the second season of The Walking Dead was brutal for fans, but this just almost seems cruel.

Following in the criminal footsteps of Cranston and Paul will be a low level team of law enforcement in Small Town Security. Details on the new series, as well as the return of Hell on Wheels can be found after the jump.

Cast and Crew Tease Season Three of THE WALKING DEAD in New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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Summer is only just kicking off, but there’s plenty of viewers who already can’t wait for the fall, if only for the third season of The Walking Dead to premiere on AMC. Thankfully, though there’s months until we see the premiere, AMC is teasing viewers with a behind-the-scenes featurette of the first episode of the third season, already in production. Words like dark, ominous, harder, faster are all tossed around by cast members like Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. There’s also hints and mentions of new characters we’ve already heard about including David Morrissey as The Governor and Danai Gurira as Michionne . There will be a great link behind the camera from the second season finale to the third season premiere as Ernest R. Dickerson is at the helm of both. Anyway, I’ll let the featurette talk about the rest after the jump.

NBC Renews PARKS AND RECREATION, UP ALL NIGHT and WHITNEY

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That’s right comedy fans. Not only has Cougar Town been saved by TBS and Community was miraculously given another season, but now NBC has finally renewed Parks and Recreation for another round along with the freshman comedy Up All Night. The former comedy series, which just had its season finale yesterday, has apparently only been given an order for 13 episodes, just like Community and the final season of 30 Rock. Could NBC be looking to end another comedy series too, or are they just being cautious and waiting to see how the new season does before ordering additional episodes? Either way, they better not do something equally as stupid as renewing Whitney for another season, something that NBC has also done now, likely in exchange for someone’s soul. More after the jump.

[Update: HitFix has updated their story to say that Parks and Recreation has been picked up for a full 22 episodes instead of the previously reported 13.]

ABC Renews MODERN FAMILY, ONCE UPON A TIME, SUBURGATORY, REVENGE, CASTLE, GREY’S ANATOMY and THE MIDDLE

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Good news has arrived for three freshman series and four running series over at ABC. Following in the footsteps of Fox’s housecleaning and pick-ups and NBC’s slew of renewals including a fourth season for Community and a final season for 30 Rock (hopefully what should be the final season for The Office too), ABC has decided to renew seven series across the board that will please a variety of fans. TV by the Numbers has news on the renewals, and on the comedy side of things, Modern Family, The Middle and Suburgatory have all been renewed, while new dramas Once Upon a Time and Revenge will also get a second season. Finally, older series Castle and Grey’s Anatomy will also get another season, even if the latter medical drama has overstayed its welcome and jumped the shark for a couple years now.  Hit the jump for more, including my thoughts on the renewals and the ABC series that have yet to get an official order.

Fox Renews FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD, But THE CLEVELAND SHOW Future is Uncertain

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Well, at least part of Seth MacFarlane‘s portion of the Animation Domination line-up can celebrate today. EW has word that Fox has renewed Family Guy for an eleventh season and American Dad for an eighth season, each consisting of the standard 22 episodes. That means the Smith and Griffin households are happy, but the Brown family isn’t thrilled, at least not yet, as Fox is holding off on a decision to renew The Cleveland Show for now.

It’s not clear if they’re waiting until the upfronts to announce it (why not just hold all this information until then?) or if they’re waiting until the last possible minute to bring it back. Honestly, the animated series started strong, but it’s never reached the caliber of Family Guy or American Dad (which is vastly underrated and sometime better than the former MacFarlane series). Apparently there’s enough episodes in the works to keep The Cleveland Show going for a fourth season, so a decision might not necessarily come soon. Stay tuned as the upfronts get closer and more information becomes available on all series renewals and new series pick-ups.

COUGAR TOWN Moves to TBS for Season Four

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Apparently ABC just couldn’t justify keeping Cougar Town around for another season, but fans need not worry about losing the Courteney Cox led comedy series. Today TBS sent out a press release announcing they had rescued the series and picked it up for a fourth season that will begin airing sometime in early 2013. All the stars will be back for at least one more round, and if the ratings deliver on the cable network, we may get even more than a fourth season. It’s refreshing to know that series have more options for survival at this point in TV history when primetime networks aren’t willing to keep a show around to please fans.

And yet they wonder why they have to cancel and scarp so many terrible shows after they cancel the good ones? If Community sticks around like we’re all hoping, maybe we’ll get some more crossover action too. Anyway, for the full press release with this good news, hit the jump!

A Batch of 12 New TRUE BLOOD Season Five Posters Say Everything is at Stake

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Frankly, I gave up on vampires a long time ago, and it takes a lot for me to get interested in them, and that includes the HBO series True Blood. However, we know that there are plenty of True Blood-thirsty fans out there clamoring for every bit of hype as we lead up to the fifth season premiere on June 10th at 9/8c. Therefore, you’ll be happy to know that in addition to the most recent trailer and teaser poster, we now have a batch of 12 character posters (with Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer and more) that have so much red on them they would make Shaun of the Dead blush.

Honestly, they’re not all that special, but for fans who have a favorite character (or enjoy seeing Christopher Meloni with fangs), they could make a cool iPhone background or something like that. Anyway, you can check out all 12 of the new posters, along with the most recent trailer, after the jump.

Check Out This Awesome LEGO Set for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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Sadly, that Shaun of the Dead LEGO set we featured last month hasn’t been approved for production. But the good news is, people will still keep making awesome custom LEGO sets for us to feast our eyes upon, and another one has just shown up. Our attention has been called to this fantastic LEGO set paying tribute to Arrested Development to go along with the anticipated return of the series with new episodes on Netflix sometime down the road.

Matt De Lanoy has crafted a custom set featuring the entire Bluth clan along with their infamous model home, and of course, the ever handy stair car. While you may never have any of these LEGO figurines or that awesomely accurate LEGO version of the home that Michael (Jason Bateman) and George-Michael (Michael Cera) called home, you might just be able to get that stair car in your hands. Information on that and a slew of photos of the LEGO set (which includes a blue Tobias Fünke too) after the jump.

AMC Renews COMIC BOOK MEN and TALKING DEAD for a Second Season

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It appears comic books and zombies are still all the rage for fans of AMC programming. Obviously The Walking Dead is already a hit, but apparently the talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick that follows every episode of the hit drama with special guests and fans of the series is big enough to keep around as well. AMC just announced that it has renewed Talking Dead for a second season and the Pawn Stars inspired nerd-fest Comic Book Men has also been picked up for a second season. Hit the jump for comments from both Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick and Comic Book Men creator and executive producer Kevin Smith.

NBC Renews LAW & ORDER: SVU for 14th Season and Gives Series Order to Dick Wolf’s CHICAGO FIRE Drama Series

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Good news for fans of the long-running legacy of Dick Wolf, the mad who has brought us countess episodes of crime drama, mostly through various Law & Order series. NBC has given a fourteenth season order to Law & Order: SVU, which means we’ll get plenty more crime drama with big name guest stars (easily the best part of the series) committing violent crimes across the board. In addition, for those who may not be fans of justice in the form of Law & Order, there’s a new series coming from Wolf which you can read more about after the jump.

CBS Looking to Bring Back MURPHY BROWN for Election Season?

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It appears the resurrection of TV shows won’t be limited to Fox bringing back animated series like Family Guy or Comedy Central breathing new life into Futurama. At least that will be the case of Murphy Brown creator Diane English has her way as the writer is currently talking with CBS about potentially bringing back the series for just a few episodes during this election year. While at the TV Land Awards, English told TV Guide that she’s been talking to both the network and star Candice Bergen about coming back to TV for some political satire fun. She says, “We’re having a little conversation with CBS about a few episodes, and I think it’s possible. Candice knows about it, and we’re going to talk to her more in July once she wraps her Broadway play ['The Best Man.']“  Hit the jump for more.

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