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TVLine Items: Walking Dead's Good News/Bad News, Stacey Dash Jilts Single Ladies, and More

Now there is literally even more to look forward to when The Walking Dead returns.

AMC announced Thursday that the hotly anticipated Season 2 premiere of the zombie drama will be a supersized 90-minute episode, to air Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9/8c.

Ah, but with this good news comes some bad. Although a half-dozen hour-long installments will air in the weeks to follow, the final six episodes of TWD‘s second cycle won’t unspool until Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 pm — translating into an 11-week midseason hiatus.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Stacey Dash has confirmed what has been widely rumored in recent weeks: She’s leaving VH1’s Single Ladies. “I truly enjoyed playing Val … but I have decided to leave the show,” the actress said in a statement to GlobalGrind. Dash cited “shooting location” as the reason for her departure, adding, “I have to be back in L.A. with my children right now.”

• With the news that transgender Chaz Bono would be paired with a female pro this season on Dancing With the Stars, some wondered why fellow celeb hoofer Carson Kressley — who is openly gay — was not paired with a man. “We thought about it,” exec producer Conrad Green tells E! Online. But…? “We try to follow what happens in real ballroom competitions,” Green said. “And while we are aware that there are same-sex couples, the competitions are usually mixed-gendered.”

• TVLine has unveiled exclusive details on Jake Pavelka’s return to The Bold and the Beautiful. In his first go-round the former Bachelor piloted the Forrester jet; this time he’ll be flying several members of the family to Aspen — where the CBS sudser is headed next week for a location shoot.

• Chris McKenna (One Life to Live, Harry’s Law) has landed a multi-ep arc on The CW’s 90210 as a love interest for Annie, per EW.com. As TVLine previously reported,  Shenae Grimes’ West Bev gal will dabble in some escort employment in Season 4.

Cougar Town boss Bill Lawrence has sold a multi-cam comedy pilot to CBS with former How I Met Your Mother exec producer Greg Malins, per Deadline.

Deadline also reports that NBC is adapting a small screen version of the classic 1980s rom-com Romancing the Stone. The Forgotten creator Mark Friedman will pen the project.

• Fresh out of prison, rapper T.I. has landed a 10-episode docu-series to premiere on VH1 Dec. 5 at 10 pm.

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