Monday's ratings recap: 8 pm/ET Dancing with the Stars averaged 20.16 million total viewers over its two-hour run, dipping just 4 percent week-to-week. Trailing a House repeat, How I Met Your Mother (7.4 mil) didn't deliver a very big bang in Sheldon and Leonard's time slot, dropping 20 percent from its last regularly-scheduled episode. Chuck came in fourth with 6.05 mil (up 6 percent), followed by Gossip Girl (dipping to 2.2 mil). 9 pm Weakened by a Two and a Half Men repeat, Rules of Engagement plunged 17 percent, to 9.43 mil. 24 hit its first skid in a while, slipping 9 percent, while Heroes (6.48 mil) sank to a new series low. One Tree Hill held steady at 2.26 mil. 10 pm CSI: Miami topped the hour with 13.46 million viewers, followed by Castle , which at 9.8 mil crumbled some 15 percent. Medium (6.56 mil), like its lead-in, hit an all-time low. Source: TVGuide.com - Ratings: Mother Makes Smaller Bang, Heroes Hits Low
Fresh off her second stint as All My Children's "real Greenlee," Rebecca Budig has grabbed a guest-starring gig on CBS' How I Met Your Mother . In one of this season's final episodes, Budig will play Holly, a new girlfriend of Ted's, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The casting of Budig is perhaps 17 percent extra-interesting to longtime AMC viewers who know that Abigail Spencer (who played Pine Valley's virginal Becca Tyree) also has "dated" Ted. Spencer played "Blah Blah," a Season 3 girlfriend whose name Ted could never remember. The same two actresses sharing a Josh (Radnor vs. Duhamel)... . I could go on for days with the coinky-dinks. But of greater/actual concern to the HIMYM fan is the fact that Budig's appearance, sources tell me, will set the table for a small tease as to the titular Mother's identity. For a bit more on that, you'll have to keep an eye out for this week's Mitovich Mega Minute. Source here
Take a first look at HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER "Old King Clancy" airing this Monday March 23 at 8:30pm on CBS.
Do some St. Patrick's Day celebrating with our top favorite St. Patty's Day themed episodes packed with plenty o' green beer (or milk) through the nose moments! 1. How I Met Your Mother - 3.12, No Tomorrow Barney goes out in a super classy green suit on St. Patrick's Day to drink green beer while Ted, Lily, and Marshall stay home for a game night. Ted later joins Barney out at the bars because Barney of course got them "hot dates," so they simply must live as if there were "no tomorrow!" Video Clip: Barney Stinson - No Tomorrow 2. Family Guy - 5.10, Peter's Two Dads When Peter's dad dies, he discovers Francis wasn't his real dad, but Peter's the result of his mother's affair with an Irishman. Peter and Brian head to Ireland to find Peter's real dad, who is the town drunk - and that's an honor! Now it's up to Peter to prove he is Mickey McFinnigan's son... with a drinking contest - can he do it?? Video Clip: My Drunken Irish Dad 3. The Simpsons - 8.18, Homer vs. the 18th Amendment The Simpsons go to the Springfield St. Patrick's Day Parade where Bart accidentally gets drunk and is seen by the whole town on TV. This leads to the town lobbying for prohibition and of course, ridiculousness ensues including much horror from Homer after Springfield brings back an old prohibition law... with drinking punishable by catapult! Video Clip: Prohibition in Springfield 4. 30 Rock - 3.14, The Funcooker While it isn't the focus of the episode, Tracy and Jenna have a classically disastrous St. Patrick's Day moment very deserving of note here. When Tracy and Jenna are asked to host the NBC St. Patrick's Day Parade, Jenna passes out (crashing entirely out of her chair) from exhaustion, and Tracy swears at her on national television. In the words of the great Jack Donaghy, "Passing out. Cursing. On St. Patrick's Day? Is anything Sacred?" Watch 'The Funcooker' on Hulu 5. Futurama - 3.10, Luck of the Fryish Fry hides his lucky seven-leaf clover in the 1980s, then in the year 3000, he discovers his lucky clover is missing! This episode is also not entirely Patty's Day focused, but full of some shamrockin' good times as Fry tries to figure out if his brother stole his clover and discovers some other interesting things along the way. Video Clip: Luck of the Fryish What are your favorites?
Take a first look at HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER "The Front Porch" airing this Monday March 16 at 8:30pm on CBS.
Another great week of television is upon us! 10 things we are most excited for: 1. The L Word finishes up its run! - Loved it or hated it , we've got to single out the "Last Word" for groundbreaking Showtime series The L Word . Still holding out hope for that spinoff? 2. Breaking Bad Season 2 Premiere! - You might have glossed over this show's quick 7 episode first season, but Bryan Cranston's Emmy-award winning performance makes this one that you definitely don't want to miss! 3. Guest star mania on How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory ! Laura Prepon hits up HIMYM as Ted's ex-girlfriend and Summer Glau hits up Big Bang as herself! 4. Premiere of Dancing with the Stars ! I was never a DWTS enthusiast, but the Olympics-nut that I was...I can't wait to see little Shawn Johnson put on her dancing shoes! Steve Wozniak should be a hoot as well. 5. Nathan Fillion returns to TV in Castle ! Guest starring in Desperate Housewives was a start, but we all know that Nathan Fillion deserves his own show! 6. South Park returns! South Park returns Wednesday night with an episode promising to skewer those slightly obnoxious Jonas Brothers and their purity rings... 7. Chopping Block premieres on NBC! Yeah, it looks like a cheap knock off of every other cooking show on TV, but its high time NBC introduces its own spin on the food theme, so we're willing to give this a shot! 8. Smallville and Supernatural return to The CW! - It's about damn time...am I right? Look for Tori Spelling's return to Smallville as Linda Lake. 9. Old friends visit the ER ! - Eriq La Salle pays his dues this week as ER continues its swan song. Noah Wyle's (Dr. Carter) guest starring run also continues. Oh, and though only rumored...one word: Clooney. 10. It's the beginning of the end for Battlestar Galactica ! - This Friday marks the first part of SciFi's sure-to-be-epic conclusion of BSG. It's a can't miss! What can't you wait for on TV this week?
* Dancing with the Stars (8 pm/ET ABC) The eighth season kicks off with two celebrities already out of the competition. Announced participants Jewel and Nancy O'Dell dropped out on Thursday due to injuries they suffered during training. But the show must go on, and the remaining celebs - including Denise Richards, Lil' Kim, Shawn Johnson and Lawrence Taylor - should still be eager to strut their stuff and become the next Brooke Burke. And romance is definitely in the air this spring, as two real-life couples take to the floor: Julianne Hough pairs up with her boyfriend, Chuck Wicks, and pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy tries to outlast his fiancee, fellow pro Karina Smirnoff. * Heroes (9 pm/ET NBC) Now that Sylar's image of his father has been, errr, tarnished, it's probably safe to assume their reunion won't be picture-perfect. After a long search, the baddie finally finds his dad (John Glover) tonight, but the meeting doesn't go the way he'd imagined. Elsewhere, the Hunter continues to be a thorn in Nathan's side as he tries to usurp Nathan's operation and uncover Petrelli family secrets (and, boy, are there plenty of those). * How I Met Your Mother (8:30 pm/ET CBS) That '70s Show's Laura Prepon is still getting stuck in the past - but at least she's moving up a few decades. Prepon plays Ted's former flame from college, with whom he reunites. Nice for Ted, but not for Lily and Marshall, who reveal how much they detested the snooty woman. * Castle (10:02 pm/ET ABC) Who says crime doesn't pay? Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) both make a successful living off of it in ABC's new crime drama. The twist? Celebrity mystery writer Castle and hard-nosed detective Beckett team up to catch a serial killer who has been plagiarizing in the worst way: bringing Castle's fictitious murders to life in New York City. Faster than you can say "moonlighting," sparks fly between the two charming leads. * Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (10 pm/ET Travel) Anthony Bourdain first visited Vietnam in 2000, and he's longed to live there ever since. On his return to Saigon, he meets up with his former boss, the always adventurous Philippe Lajaunie. The two explore the flavors, sights, sounds and smells that keep them coming back for more. Then, the host thinks about turning his dream into a reality and checks out potential properties in Hoi An, a picturesque village filled with rice-paddy fields, water buffalo and pointy hats. Source here
As How I Met Your Mother wraps up its fourth season, fans can expect to get drop-ins from faces both familiar and new. From the latter category, Danny Glover will turn up "in an interesting way," series cocreator Carter Bays tells us. Hmm, could it be that Barney and his brother James (played here and there by Wayne Brady) have - gasp - different fathers? "Boy, I wish had thought of that a month ago!" Bays says upon hearing our suggestion. "That's much better than what we came up with." Oh, we highly doubt that. Glover's Mother visit comes on the heels of the Lethal Weapon star scoring a role on My Name Is Earl , as Crab Man's daddy. He also wooed Sally Field last season on Brothers & Sisters . In addition to "a couple other" such guest castings on the horizon, Bays promises that fans will "see some old favorites come back - people that you haven't seen in a while - which will be fun." And on top of it all? Bays hints at "a cool surprise" that will lead us ever closer to a certain Mother, saying, "The last few episodes will address the title of the show." Source here
TakeFiveGal just spent some time with Carter Bays talking about How I Met Your Mother. Some great scoop - some spoilerish - at the jump. Click me!
With the cast of How I Met Your Mother signing on for at least three more seasons, it appears that we will have to wait a long time before we learn the identity of the mother of Ted's children. While that might send the show in different and pointless directions, series co-creator Carter Bays assures fans that the series is getting back to its primary roots. "At the end of the season, we will address the title of our show," Bays revealed to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, adding that the last four episodes will feature "big events in the lives of our characters -- specifically Ted Josh Radnor. We're going to wrap up some things that have been left dangling." Of course Bays wouldn't explore on how the revelation will play out on How I Met Your Mother but it's not likely that the central mystery of the show will completely be resolved. However, Bays hinted on how it will affect the fourth season's conclusion. "But I will say at the very least that the season will end with a complete sentence," he teased. "We've left some sentence fragments dangling in past seasons, but this year, there will either be a period, a question mark or an exclamation point. We will be giving the audience that." How I Met Your Mother began in 2005 with the first season revolving around Ted's quest to find the one as told in the year 2030 by Ted (voiced by Bob Saget), who gathers his daughter and son to tell them the story of how he met their mother. The mystery, however, has not been answered. Instead, we get to see Ted's love adventures unfold slowly, and get to know other players as well, including Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders). Source here