The Walking Dead Cannot Be Killed

... AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a second season, as expected. And why not? The show broke records for the network when it debuted on Halloween and is adored by critics and fans alike. The best part of this news? Season 2 will be 13 episodes long, not six. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Los Angeles Unified School District, which I barely escaped some odd years ago, apparently thinks British cuisine is still awful. The LAUSD rejected an offer from Jamie Oliver, centerpiece of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, to help refine the schools' lunch menus and make its kids healthy. That pile of excrement inside a flour tortilla that they call a burrito still gives me nightmares. And gas. The hot sauce was great, though. [LA Times]

... CBS has purchased Homeland Security, a comedy based around the world of airport security. The project started as a Web series. [Deadline Hollywood]

... True Blood has cast a new regular for next season. Fiona Shaw, known better as Aunt Petunia from the Harry Potter films, will play the palm reader Marnie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Shiri Appleby of Life Unexpected has all but confirmed fans' worst fears: The show ain't coming back. Appleby took to Facebook to say the struggling drama, which was not given a full-season order by the CW last week, is coming to an end. The irony of it all? It was totally expected. [Shiri's Facebook]

... Parenthood producer Jason Katims says his show isn't going anywhere. Reports of the show's demise have been greatly exaggerated, he says. The show has been battling ratings troubles, and it's considered on the bubble. But if it's getting canceled, it's news to Katims. Or NBC is about to sucker punch him. [TV Guide]

... Robert Knepper is reprising his role as the smarmy T-Bag from his Prison Break days. T-Bag will appear in the A&E; series Breakout Kings, from Prison Break producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora. The show will follow U.S. Marshals who work with convicts to catch fugitives. Look for it in early 2011. [EW]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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