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'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: 'Bad Crazy'

February 13th, 2013 10:11am EST
ted and jeanette
HIMYM returned last night with another new episode.  They won the time slot for the second straight week, along with a big win in among 18-49 year olds, the demographic most sought after by advertisers.  However, ratings came up a little short of my prediction of having the most viewed episode of the series last week. 

The episode started off as many HIMYMs do with us seeing what happens at the end of the story.  Ted and the gang are sitting on the curb and there are flames raining down from the building above them.  This is no doubt the result of something Ted’s new girlfriend, Jeanette, ...

'How I Met Your Mother': Robin Sparkles 'Underneath The Music'

February 5th, 2013 9:49am EST
Robin Sparkles
HIMYM returned last night, a day after a wild Super Bowl on CBS.  This also kicked off sweeps month for America’s #1 network.  Two weeks ago I predicted that this would be the most watched episode in the history of the series, and I will be very interested to see the Neilsen ratings get tallied. 

The story began with Ted on another Mosbian quest after having a run in with a girl on the subway.  Lily and Marshall urge Ted to not go into stalker mode.  However, the tables get turned when Jeanette tracks down Ted.   It turns out that she was the one who was stalking Ted, and caused a fire at ...

'How I Met Your Mother' Gets One More Season—We Meet The Mother Next Year

January 31st, 2013 9:08am EST
HIMYM cast
All the deals are done and CBS announced yesterday that How I Met Your Mother is ending at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 broadcast season. All series regulars – Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan – will return, as well as series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

The official press release also swears we’ll meet the mother next season. When during the season, however, is anybody’s guess.

How I Met Your Mother premiered in September 2005 and in its seventh season – it’s currently in its eighth season – it delivered its highest ratings ev...

'How I Met Your Mother' Review: 'Ring Up!'

January 22nd, 2013 2:56pm EST
Ted and Carly
Last night’s all new HIMYM found Robin and Barney still acclimating to no longer being single.  Ted has a date with a new girl.  When the gang asks to meet her, Ted says she’s waiting outside.  Why?  She’s only 20, and she forgot her fake ID.  With Ted dating a younger girl, Barney found himself going through “hook-up withdrawal.”  Barney decides he will do whatever he can to help Ted score with this hottie. 

Meanwhile, Robin was finding that life wasn’t as easy as it used to be.  Her coffee guy charged her full price, people made her wait in line, and the bartender at MacLaren’s didn’t ...

'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8 Continues With 'Band or DJ?'

January 15th, 2013 3:22pm EST
Robin and Barney meet with Mr. Sherbatsky
How I Met Your Mother returned Monday night amid swirling rumors of a renewal for a ninth season.  The episode was slow to build but finished with a bang.

In the last episode Barney asked Robin to marry him.  She said yes, but there’s one problem:  he never asked Mr. Sherbatsky for permission.  Robin’s father (also named Robin and played by the perfectly casted Ray Wise) has always been a rather scary individual, and the Barney was not looking forward to the idea of asking for Robin’s hand in marriage.  However, when they get to the restaurant to meet up with he claims to be “fun now.”  He...

'How I Met Your Mother': What To Expect In Second Half Of Season 8

January 14th, 2013 12:30pm EST
'How I Met Your Mother': What To Expect In Second Half Of Season
'How I Met Your Mother' continues season eight tonight on CBS. What can we expect to see in this season's remaining episodes? Will we get the "big moment?" Will there be a season nine? Check out the list below of what we might expect for the remaining season and possible series ending.

5.  More clues

The whole series has been a string of clues.  Just enough to keep us enticed but not enough to see the entire picture.  Ted went to the same St. Patrick’s Day party she went to, but they didn’t meet… and it’s probably a good thing because she probably wouldn’t have liked him that day, but Ted...

TV Ratings: 'Twas The Week Before Christmas

December 28th, 2012 9:33am EST
'How I Met Your Mother'
NBC and CBS both did well in the ratings the week leading up to Christmas. NBC claimed the #2 spot with ‘Sunday Night Football,’ while two editions of ‘The Voice,’ including the season finale, ranked in the top 10 with 14.1 and 13.4 million viewers, respectively. Its White House Christmas special also ranked in the top 20.

ABC didn’t place a show in the top 20, while FOX’s ‘The X Factor’ continues to struggle. Its second-season finale was down 23 percent from last year and finished 18th for the week.

CBS seems practically invincible with its lineup. It’s one of the few networks to do well...

'How I Met Your Mother': Barney Reveals 'The Final Page' Of His Playbook

December 18th, 2012 10:15am EST
How I Met Your Mother
I was a bit confused when I saw the title to last night’s new HIMYM episode, “The Final Page.” It sounded like the name of a season finale, or even a series finale, but one hour later everything would make sense. The episode starts with Barney being placed under a jinx, unable to talk until one of the gang says his name.

You may remember last week left Robin in shambles after her failed attempts to hook up with Barney only to see him dating her co-worker Patrice. The gang says that Patrice is Robin’s “Pit Guy,” the person you would put in the bottom of a pit Silence of the Lambs style. ...

'How I Met Your Mother': 'Lobster Crawl' Was Ripe With Callbacks

December 4th, 2012 6:08pm EST
himym lobster crawl
HIMYM returned last night with a great episode ripe with callbacks to classic episodes that would have any long-time fan waxing nostalgic. A few weeks ago, Barney and Robin shared a kiss while walking home drunk. Robin said, “No, this can’t happen,” and stormed off. Last week, Barney proclaimed that he was done going after Robin, just as Ted had done last spring.

Suddenly, Robin is throwing herself at Barney. Lily tells her that this is so typical and she always wants what she can’t have, referencing her deadly lobster binge after finding out she was allergic to shellfish. Against Li...

Joe Manganiello Causes 'Twelve Horny Women' On 'HIMYM'

November 27th, 2012 3:26pm EST
Twelve Horny Women
'How I Met Your Mother' returned last night continuing the story arc from last week. You’ll remember that Marshall ran into his old law school buddy Brad, played by Joe Mananiello. Brad conned Marshall into thinking he needed a job when all he really wanted to do was steal Marshall’s firm’s strategy for the upcoming case where Brad was defending a pharmaceutical company. Marshall’s boss tells him to win the case or he’s fired.

In traditional HIMYM fashion, the story is being told by someone at a later point in time, but this time it is Marshall. We find Marshall telling the story of th...

Joe Manganiello Returns To 'HIMYM' In 'The Stamp Tramp'

November 20th, 2012 2:55pm EST
Joe Manganiello returns to HIMYM
HIMYM returned last night and so did Joe Manganiello as Brad, Marshall’s old law school buddy. The episode “World’s Greatest Couple,” where Brad and Marshall have a bromance back in season two is still one of my favorites. Marshall finds Brad a bit down on his luck, and offers to get him an interview at the law firm at which he is working.

When the gang finds out about this, they relay to Marshall that he gives out too many recommendations, calling him the “Stamp Tramp.” By giving out so many stamps of approval, they have basically become meaningless. Needless to say, the interview ends...

'HIMYM': Splitsville

November 13th, 2012 4:46pm EST
The autumn of break-ups came to a close on last night’s all-new HIMYM. Previously, Quinn and Barney had called of their engagement and Victoria decided she couldn’t be with Ted if Robin was still a part of his life.

That left Nick and Robin as the last surviving couple. Things were seemingly going great, until Nick pulled his groin playing basketball with the guys. With Nick sidelined from sex due to the injury, Robin began to realize the attraction may have been purely physical. When Robin asked the group if they thought Nick was dumb, they went through an amusing reel of flashbacks ...

'HIMYM': The Autumn Of Break Ups Continues

November 6th, 2012 9:29am EST
barney and ted
November is tv sweeps month, and the networks usually put up their best stuff in order to win the ratings wars. In the past November has been a great month for HIMYM, and last night the trend continued.

In previous weeks, Ted referred to the fall of 2012 as the “Autumn of Break-ups.” Barney was still reeling from his split with Quinn, and was looking for a new friend. He found one… a lost dog. Barney dubs the dog “Brover,” and he quickly becomes Barney’s new wingman.

Meanwhile, Ted thinks things are going fine with Victoria, but things may not be as they seem. After a double-date wi...

'How I Met Your Mother': Who Wants To Be A Godfather?

October 16th, 2012 10:47am EDT
at maclarens
With Marshall and Lily in new parent mode, the gang had been a little out of sync lately. They had instructed the others to not bother them with anything that wasn’t “an 8 out of 10 or higher.” So when Ted was having problems with Victoria and Robin was having problems with Nick, they decided to keep it to themselves.

When Marshall and Lily finally got some free time, they had a new view of the world as a scary and dangerous place. They decided that with Marvin to think about now, it was time to draft up a will. The answers to most questions came easy, but the biggest of all was who w...

'How I Met Your Mother': Lily And Marshall Search For A Nanny

October 9th, 2012 10:50am EDT
robin, lily, and marshall
How I Met Your Mother returned last night for the second episode of what is looking increasingly likely to be the final season of the show. Co-creator Craig Thomas told TV Guide, "We wanted the season premiere to feel momentous because this could be the beginning of the last chapter. There are negotiations happening, but I don't know how that's gonna go and I don't know when I'll know if there'll be a Season 9. Carter [Bays] and I are really writing the season as if it's the last season and this is how we would start it." Last week’s premiere gave us the big reveal that Ted would meet hi...

'How I Met Your Mother': The Autumn of Break-ups

October 2nd, 2012 9:25am EDT
ted and klaus
How I Met Your Mother returned last night for the second episode of what is looking increasingly likely to be the final season of the show. Co-creator Craig Thomas told TV Guide, "We wanted the season premiere to feel momentous because this could be the beginning of the last chapter. There are negotiations happening, but I don't know how that's gonna go and I don't know when I'll know if there'll be a Season 9. Carter (Bays) and I are really writing the season as if it's the last season and this is how we would start it." Last week’s premiere gave us the big reveal that Ted would meet his ...

'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8 Premiere – Is This The Final Season?

September 25th, 2012 10:16am EDT
The final season of How I Met Your Mother began last night, or did it? More on that later, but when we last saw the gang from HIMYM, Marshall and Lily had just welcomed their son into the world, Barney got engaged to Quinn, and Ted was riding off into the sunset with Victoria.

The episode began with Robin, Barney, and Quinn back at Marshall and Lily’s apartment. Marshall and Lily were exhausted from taking care of their new son, Marvin. Quinn surprisingly asks Robin and Lily to be her bridesmaids, and Robin clearly feels uncomfortable. When she confronts Barney about it, he tells her t...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

September 4th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Cast of How I Met Your Mother
“How I Met Your Mother” is hands-down one of my favorite shows. I own all of the seasons on DVD, and still have about 35 episodes saved on DVR. So it pains me to say that season 7’s finale was a little underwhelming as we saw Barney prepare to marry Robin instead of the fabulous Quinn (played by the even more fabulous Becki Newton) and Ted (Josh Radnor) motor off into the sunset with The One Who Got Away, Victoria, on her wedding day. Nevertheless, Marshall and Lily finally brought little Marvin into the world, and the show seemed to be inching closer to revealing the elusive mother. Th...

Jason Segel's Rep Refutes 'How I Met Your Mother' Exit Rumors

August 2nd, 2012 11:25am EDT
Jason Segel
A spokesperson for Jason Segel has denied the funnyman is leaving hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

The actor, who plays Marshall Eriksen in the Emmy-winning show, was rumored to be making the upcoming eighth season his last so he could pursue more dramatic roles.

The speculation was apparently sparked after Segel was quoted as telling Austrian website, "I've been playing the nice guy for quite a long time now. That's why I'm gonna quit How I Met Your Mother after the eighth season."

However, a representative insists the reports are unfounded, telling, "Perhaps s...

Jason Segel To Quit 'How I Met Your Mother'?

August 1st, 2012 9:06am EDT
How I Met Your Mother
Jason Segel is reportedly leaving "How I Met Your Mother" after its upcoming eighth season.

Segel plays Marshall Eriksen in the hit CBS comedy. Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders also star.

Like many actors, he's likely looking to pump up his already burgeoning film career. He has starred in movies such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Knocked Up," "The Muppets" and "The Five-Year Engagement."

Segel reportedly told Austrian website, "It's great to do some 'Rated R' stuff again, because I've been playing the nice guy for quite a long time now. T...

'Fairly Legal' Star Michael Trucco Returns To 'How I Met Your Mother'

July 23rd, 2012 8:05pm EDT
Fairly Legal
Michael Trucco will be getting more than a cameo on CBS' How I Met Your Mother. After an all-too-brief appearance in the season six episode "Hopeless," the actor will return in the comedy's upcoming eighth season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HIMYM showrunners sought to bring Trucco's character back in the show's seventh season, but the actor's obligations to his regular role on USA's Fairly Legal prevented that from happening. Now he'll be present for multiple episodes in season eight.

Trucco currently plays Assistant District Attorney Justin Patrick on Fairly Legal, and should...

TV Report Card: Grading 10 Season Finales

May 25th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
Revenge Cast
Season finales are essentially the Hollywood version of final exams. They have to shock and awe and entice viewers into returning after four arduous months of dead air. From births and deaths to break-ups and OMG-worthy shockers, I’m grading 10 season finales. The SPOILER ALERT is implied.

Reckoning, Revenge’s thrilling season ender saw Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) not only confront her father’s killer in a satisfying and strangely sweet final fight, but surrender to her feelings for ruggedly handsome bartender, Jack. It wouldn’t be “Revenge” without infuriating twists and double-c...

TV Ratings: CBS Dominates With 12 Of The Top 20 Shows

May 24th, 2012 12:33pm EDT
Mike & Molly
If the latest TV ratings week was a final exam, CBS would get an A+ and NCIS would graduate at the top of the class. The stalwart once again topped the Nielsen ratings, besting all other scripted and reality programming, even as American Idol geared up for its finale.

‘NCIS’ attracted over 19 million viewers and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles got over 15 million. By comparison, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "Idol' attracted 17.7 million and 16.4 million, respectively.

CBS had 12 of the Top 20 shows, including Person of Interest, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother. Mike & Molly ac...

CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

May 16th, 2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...

'HIMYM': Big Reveal Leading Into Final Season

May 15th, 2012 10:09am EDT
himym cast couch
How I Met Your Mother wrapped up its seventh season in a two-part finale on Monday night. Last week, Marshall was getting really stressed out about becoming a father. To take his mind off things, Barney took Marshall down to Atlantic City. Unfortunately, Lily goes into labor a month early. Barney and Marshall are stuck in AC too inebriated to get home.

Eventually Barney and Marshall find a bus going to “New York.” When they finally sober up, they realize that their bus is in fact going to Buffalo, NY. The guys explain the situation to the bus driver, but he says he isn’t allowed to ...

Hillary Clinton Rejects Jason Segel's 'HIMYM' Role Offer

May 1st, 2012 2:21pm EDT
Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned down the chance to play actor Jason Segel's mom on hit TV comedy How I Met Your Mother.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star publicly appealed to Clinton to play his on-screen character Marshall Eriksen's mother during a March interview, but the busy politician has politely declined the offer, although she admits she fully intends on starring opposite the funnyman in the future when her schedule dies down.

Internet blog Politico has obtained a copy of Clinton's rejection letter, which reads, "I was delighted to read about your interest in...

New 'HIMYM' - 'Now We're Even'

April 17th, 2012 9:29pm EDT
himym cast
How I Met Your Mother continued the lead up to Barney’s wedding with new episodes each of the last two weeks written by long-time staff writers.

I particularly liked last week’s “Trilogy Time,” written by Kourtney Kang. Ted and Marshall had gotten together to watch the Star Wars trilogy every three years, and it always prompted them to imagine what life would be like three years in the future. Ted revealed that when the guys got together to watch it in 2012, it was the first time he had lost hope that his life would be better in three years. However, in 2015 his life would be great. W...

New 'HIMYM': Barney Makes Ted Take The Broath

March 20th, 2012 11:10am EDT
After a short break How I Met Your Mother returned last night with an all new episode written by the show’s co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The last episode left us with Ted (Josh Radnor) in a transition. Robin (Cobie Smulders) told him that she didn’t love him, and as a result she moved out of the apartment above MacLaren’s. Ted, sensing that he needed a change too, gave the apartment back to Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and began looking for a new place.

Of course the other big storyline of the last few episodes was Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Quin...

10 Favorite Small Screen Scene-Stealers

March 12th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
neil patrick harris
I once had dreams of becoming an Emmy-Winning actress, but thanks to a traumatizing audition for a middle school drama club and being roughly a few inches shy of Snooki-esque shortness, those dreams never panned out. I’m happy to leave the acting to the professionals, and admire their work as a fan and critic. For this television-aholic, there’s nothing better than beholding a great actor who steals every frame of their scenes.

Here is a list of my favorite scene-stealers:

Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”

Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of Barney Stinson, the suit-lovi...

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