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

12/18/2012 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

12/4/2012 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'

11/27/2012 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'

11/20/2012 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

11/13/2012 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

11/6/2012 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?

10/16/2012 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

10/9/2012 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

10/2/2012 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?

9/25/2012 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

9/8/2012 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

9/4/2012 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

8/2/2012 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'?

8/1/2012 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'

7/23/2012 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

5/25/2012 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

5/24/2012 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'

5/16/2012 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

5/15/2012 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

5/1/2012 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'

4/17/2012 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

3/20/2012 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

3/12/2012 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...

'HIMYM': Ted And Robin Back Together?

2/21/2012 9:30am EST
Earlier in the season, older Ted (voiced by Bob Saget) alluded that a lot of changes were coming for him and the gang, but none of it could happen until the feelings were resolved between him, Barney, and Robin. Victoria told him that this thing the three of them were doing isn’t going to work. Before he could move forward, Ted had to go back to the beginning one more time.

At the end of last week’s episode he professed his love for Robin once again. “No pressure,” Ted says, “Just let me know what you think.” Before anything can really be hashed out, Robin is whisked away on a busine...

All Aboard The Drunk Train On A New 'HIMYM'

2/14/2012 8:49pm EST
himym cast
There were some big moments Monday night on a brand new HIMYM. Definitely do not read on if you don’t want any spoilers!

The episode began with Barney once again trying to close the deal with a floozy at MacLaren’s. Before he can, Ted whisks him away to wingman for him with a different girl and her friend. The girl, Quinn, appears to be falling for Barney’s old tricks, but she was just playing along while her friend and Ted were hitting it off. She calls Barney out for being pathetic and lays out a bunch of things that she bets he does… almost like she already knew Barney beforehand.


Martin Short Is 'The Burning Beekeeper' On New 'HIMYM'

2/7/2012 8:12am EST
How I Met Your Mother returned with a new episode last night, kicking off sweeps month for CBS. Expectations are running high, with HIMYM in its highest ratings season ever. Things got a little more crowded on Monday nights as the second season of The Voice moved into its new timeslot across the dial on NBC. The Peacock went for the bold move of premiering the singing reality competition right after Super Bowl XLVI, and over 40 million people stuck around after the game to watch. It will certainly be one of the more interesting ratings showdowns of the season.

Last night’s episode, “Th...

Kim Kardashian To Guest Star On 'Drop Dead Diva'

1/27/2012 9:02am EST
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is swapping reality TV for a recurring role in hit comedy Drop Dead Diva.

The brunette beauty has made her name starring in a series of fly-on-the-wall shows alongside her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, as well as the rest of the Kardashian clan.

Now, she has landed her first major TV acting job with a recurring guest part on the Lifetime network show, about an airhead aspiring model who is reincarnated as a plus-sized lawyer after she is killed in a car crash.

In a post on her Twitter, she writes, "So excited to announce that I'll be guest starring on Drop Dead Diva Seaso...

Katy Perry & Emma Stone Were Big Winners At 2012 People's Choice Awards

1/12/2012 8:24am EST
Emma Stone
It was a huge night for Katy Perry at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday - even though the pop star's marriage break-up prevented her from attending.

The I Kissed a Girl star pulled out of the event earlier this week via a tweet but it was still very much her night as she picked up five awards, including one for her guest spot on TV comedy How I Met Your Mother.

Perry also claimed trophies for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Song of the Year (E.T.), Favorite Music Video (Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)) and Favorite Tour Headliner.

It was also a great evening for the ...

Ratings: 'Downton Abbey' Debuts Strong; 'The Bachelor' Down Again

1/10/2012 4:28pm EST
Downton Abbey | Photo Credits: PBS
What's this?!? There is some accounting for taste?!? Downton Abbey's Season 2 premiere averaged 4.2 million viewers.

Nielsen data on Tuesday showed that the Emmy-winning series' return Sunday night doubled the average PBS prime-time rating, and marked an 18 percent jump over the show's first-season average — which made PBS ecstatic.

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Alyson Hannigan Is Pregnant With Baby Number Two

12/17/2011 11:30am EST
Alyson Hannigan
"How I Met Your Mother" star Alyson Hannigan is pregnant with her second child.

The actress dismissed rumors she was expecting back in September, citing a bad diet and poor outfit choices for her bulging belly, but now her representative has confirmed to that Hannigan and her husband Alexis Denisof are indeed set to be parents again in 2012.

The star showed off her undeniable bump while running errands in Santa Monica, California on Thursday and a source tells the website, "Alyson is thrilled to be pregnant! She has been wearing baggy clothes to cover the baby bump."