Monday's ratings round-up: * 8 pm/ET The two-hour season finale of The Bachelor : Flip-Flop Edition was the night's most watched program, averaging 15.45 million total viewers - the series' best audience since Bob chose Estella in November 2003. CBS' sitcombo secured second, with The Big Bang Theory holding steady at 10.94 mil and How I Met Your Mother delivering 11.08 mil. 24 's White House siege averaged 11.1 mil over its two-hour run, and gained viewers each half hour. Chuck (6.6 mil) inched up a bit from last week's all-time low. * 9 pm Two and a Half Men trailed The Bachelor with 15.42 million viewers (up 500K from its last fresh outing), while lead-out Rules of Engagement returned to 11.86 mil, which was good for third in its time slot. Heroes matched last week's 7 mil. * 10 pm Proving that car-crash television can work, The Bachelor: After the Rose drew its largest audience ever, 17.5 million viewers. CSI: Miami settled for second with 13.3 mil, down 400 thou. Medium took a big hit, slipping 14 percent to 7.28 mil. Source here
Now that it's in its 4th season, it is easy to identify which episodes of How I Met Your Mother have been standouts. SideReel's Top 10 Favorites thus far: 1. The Pineapple Incident (1.10) - I liked HIMYM from the beginning, but I think it was this episode that secured the program as something special. This episode adopted the structure that has worked so well for Mother - having the gang piece back together a crazy incident after the fact. I also liked this episode because it's the first one where they ditch the kids at the beginning/end, which was getting a little formulaic. They also begin throwing in these awesome series-lasting mysteries, such as the pineapple. 2. Game Night (1.15) - This episode is great because it gives Barney something that makes him even more awesome: character depth. Who would have guessed that Barney was once a hippie in love? 3. Slap Bet (2.9) - A undeniable series classic. We are introduced to the multiple-season spanning slap bet and learn that Robin was once a teenage Canadian popstar! Complete with full length music video . 4. Something Blue (2.22) - In this game changing Season 2 Finale, we see the complete reverse of the end of Season 1. Marshall & Lily finally get married (with quite a few snafus in the way) and Ted & Robin break up. 5. How I Met Everyone Else (3.5) - Learning how the 'gang formed is always one of the best episodes of a sitcom. This one did not disappoint, and we also had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Barney's Hot/Crazy scale (complete with Vicky Mendoza Diagonal) and the recurring concept of "eating a sandwich". 6. Slapsgiving (3.9) - Complete with a slap countdown website , this episode reminded us that nobody forgets about a Slap Bet! 7. Ten Sessions (3.13) - Whether you ended up liking Stella with Ted or not, you had to love the pacing of this episode where Ted tried to convince Stella to date him over the course of 10 tattoo removal sessions, culminating in the cutest 2-minute date you've ever seen. Oh yeah, Britney guest starred too.. 8. The Bracket (3.14) - Season 3 was really on a roll with 2 gems in a row! Another creatively paced episode - this one capitalized on March Madness and divided New York into 4 brackets of women which Barney had to narrow down to a single girl that was trying to destroy him. Yet another episode with a hilarious accompanying website, tedmosbyisajerk.com . 9. Sandcastles in the Sand (3.16) - Any Robin Sparkles episode is a winner and this one featured a hilarious guest appearance by former Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek and a new music video, Sandcastles in the Sand . And don't forget the cameos from Tiffany and Robin Thicke! 10. Intervention (4.4) - My favorite episode of Season 4 (and the only one to make it on this list), I loved the flashbacks to all of the gang's various interventions in this episode, the best of course being the "Intervention Intervention". So, what are your favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother? Share in comments!
This week of television is brimming with awesome things. This year's February sweeps have been relocated to March, so all of our favorite shows will be loaded up with fun guest stars and big plots beginning this week! 10 things we are most excited for: 1. New episodes of How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory ! After a month off for the former and half that for the latter, it's exciting to see 2 of the best comedies on TV back with new episodes. 2. Premiere of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ! I was as quick with the Jimmy Fallon Haterade as anyone else, but his pre-show vlogs have been progressively improving, so much so that I am kind of excited for tonight's premiere. Remember, all late night hosts need some time to find their rhythm... 3. The return of Reaper ! Reaper fans have been patiently waiting for months and the show is finally back with a cleverly Star Wars referenced episode title, "A New Hope". 4. New cycle of America's Next Top Model ! I am devastated that my favorite reality TV show, Top Chef , has finished up, but luckily my 2nd fave, Top Model, is back with a 2 hour premiere for its new cycle this Wednesday! 5. Lost ! - Needs pretty much no introduction (it has been that awesome lately)...just a disclaimer that you better soak up this all new Sawyer-centric episode as the show is breaking next week. 6. Make Me a Supermodel 2 premieres on Bravo! It's kind of the poor woman's ANTM, but I'm a sucker for any model-themed reality TV. This Wednesday, Make Me a Supermodel returns, and with a replacement co-host for Tyson Beckford; perhaps she's more exciting than the rather dry Nikki Taylor. 7. Top Chef Reunion episode! Watch the inevitable crowning of Fabio as this season's Fan Favorite and find out whatever juicy dirt Bravo has been saving up for us during this run of Top Chef. 8. All new NBC Thursday! For the first time in over a month, NBC's entire Thursday night line-up of My Name Is Earl , Kath and Kim , The Office , 30 Rock and ER are all All New. Yay! 9. Burn Notice concludes its season! Series star Jeffrey Donovan teases that we will finally meet the person who burned Michael in this week's Season 2 Finale. 10. New York, New York on Friday Night Lights ! If you're watching FNL this season on NBC as I am (as opposed to in the Fall on DirecTV), this Friday's episode sends beloved paraplegic quarterback Jason Street off to New York. What are you most looking forward to on television this week?
Tonight might be a good night to catch up on some reruns off of your DVR (or SideReel), as some of our favorite shows are not airing new episodes tonight. This includes: Scrubs , 90210 , Privileged and Fringe . However, there is also still a wealth of new options, including 2 hours of American Idol on Fox, CBS's full crime lineup ( The Mentalist , NCIS , Without a Trace ), The Biggest Loser and SVU on NBC and Homeland Security USA on ABC. You may or may not know, but today was the original official DTV switch date (read more here ). It turns out that the official date has been delayed until June, though some local affiliates have still gone through with the switch today. Needless to say, with all of the confusion, this is part of the reason why you are witnessing more reruns in the month of February than you have been accustomed to in prior years (last night there was also no new The Big Bang Theory , How I Met Your Mother , or other CBS shows nor new episodes of CW shows).
Who will Ted end up with? That's a mystery that will only be resolved when How I Met Your Mother wraps up a couple of years from now but that doesn't mean that the cast of the hit CBS sitcom can't say who they are rooting for. In an interview with CBS station KCBS-TV's Jenn McBride, Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin), Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson), Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby) and Jason Segel (Marshall Erikson) revealed their ideas on the mother of Ted's children. Hannigan, who plays a kindergarten teacher and wife of Marshall, is rooting for Jennifer Aniston, actress who rocketed to fame for her role as Rachel on Friends. While it would be interesting to see stellar combination of two of the best comedies of all time, that's not what Harris wants for his on-screen wingman. In true Barney Stinson-style, Harris is proposing that Ted would end up with an adult film star such as Jenna Jameson. Segel, on the other hand, is hoping that his character's best friend would end up with someone just like Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), a sentiment he shares with most fans of How I Met Your Mother. "I don't know who the wife is going to be, but I think the Robin-type is kinda the right kind of girl: smart, sassy, sweet," Segel said. As for Ted, who was ditched by Stella (Sarah Chalke) just before their wedding earlier this season, Radnor wishes that his character would end up with someone awesome. "After what he's been through, he deserves someone great," Radnor said. For now, How I Met Your Mother is diverting fans' attention by offering a few adventures and twists along the way, including Barney harboring romantic feelings for Robin. "It's a possibility. Yeah, we definitely touch upon that this season. He realizes that he is sort of feeling these things and they're not going away and they will develop toward the end," Smulders hinted. How I Met Your Mother airs every Monday at 8:30 on CBS. Source here
I know some of you are freaking out because shows like House , Chuck and How I Met Your Mother were at one point appearing on your schedule as airing tonight and have since disappeared. So what's the scoop? Relatively last minute, President Obama scheduled a Presidential Address which will be preempting all programming on every major network at 8PM ET/5PM PT. On the West Coast, reruns will air in the 8PM time slot - last week's 24 on Fox, the Chuck with Nicole Richie on NBC and comedy reruns on CBS. One exception is ABC who will still be airing a new The Bachelor at 8PM on the West Coast (begins at 9 on the East Coast). Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill were already scheduled reruns for the evening. 9PM programming resumes as normal with new episodes of Heroes , 24 , and Two and a Half Men/ The Big Bang Theory . ABC Family is also all new with The Secret Life of The American Teenager and Kyle XY .
So...what has become of the Scooby Gang and friends since Buffy The Vampire Slayer concluded its 7 season run in 2003? Speaking of Buffy, be sure to weigh in on our discussion of the show's best and worst seasons . Sarah Michelle Gellar aka Buffy Summers Buffy Summers was likely the role of a lifetime for series star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Since then, she has not been out of work , but for me there has been nothing all too memorable. Some of her roles include Scooby Doo 2 (which I'd prefer to forget), The Grudge and its sequel (briefly), some voice work (including TMNT and Robot Chicken ) and some movies that I am guessing were direct-to-DVD (Suburban Girl? Anyone? Anyone?). She also remains married to fellow actor (and one-time-hottie back in the day) Freddie Prinze, Jr.. The two have been married since 2002 - which is quite the accomplishment in the land of Hollywood! Nicholas Brendon aka Xander Harris Nicholas Brendon has appeared in a string of TV movies since his Buffy days that I doubt any of you have seen. More notably, he was part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived Fox comedy Kitchen Confidential (which was actually quite funny; I recommend checking it out if you never have) and recently had a 4 episode guest arc on popular CBS series Criminal Minds . He got divorced in '06 so I guess he's back on the market! Alyson Hannigan aka Willow Rosenberg Willow is definitely one of the more successful Buffy alums. Any fan of quality television will certainly recognize her as Lily from current CBS sitcom: How I Met Your Mother . Hannigan also appeared in some less-than-stellar films including Date Movie and American Wedding. You may have also recognized her during a brief guest stint on fellow WB Week program, Veronica Mars , as Trina Echolls (Logan's sister). Lastly, rather adorably, Hannigan married Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce from Buffy/ Angel ) and is currently pregnant with her first child. Anthony Stewart Head aka Rupert Giles So what's become of everyone's favorite Watcher? Anthony Stewart Head appears to have been spending a lot of time in England since the conclusion of Buffy and has a ton of credits - though nearly all in British shows (or stage productions) that I have never seen. He also appeared in the Razzie-nominated Repo! The Genetic Opera alongside Paris Hilton. Off to Angel... David Boreanaz aka Angel Might David Boreanaz be the most successful Buffy alum? He had an immediate job for 5 seasons following Buffy in spinoff Angel starring as Angel (obviously). Boreanaz had a few blinked-and-you-missed-them direct-to-DVD movies, but fully redeemed himself upon landing a starring role as Special Agent Seeley Booth in hit Fox series Bones , currently in its 4th season. Charisma Carpenter aka Cordelia Chase Charisma Carpenter of course reprised her role of Cordelia on spinoff Angel for 90 episodes following her time on Buffy. Post-Angel, Carpenter has had steady work - predominately in TV movies and via a ton of guest appearances. You may have caught her in Charmed , Veronica Mars , the short lived Big Shots , and most recently, ABC Family's Greek . Continue to Part 2
Kim Kardashian was spotted at the CoCo DeVille nightclub in West Hollywood this Tuesday (Feb.3rd). Kim was the embodiment of hotness in black slim fit pants and black leather knee-high boots. Kim is currently dating pro football player Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints. Continue Reading......
How Monday's Nielsens netted out: * 8 pm/ET House won the hour with 14.75 million total viewers, dropping 810,000 from last week's season high. The Bachelor averaged 10.99 mil over its two-hour run (a new season high), but got bested by The Big Bang Theory and [Two and a Half Men]] along the way. Speaking of CBS' sitcoms, Big Bang dipped 200K to 10.9 mil, while How I Met Your Mother (10.18 mil) slipped 580 thou. Chuck 's Super Bowl-promoted 3-D outing delivered 8.35 mil, for its best audience of the season. Gossip Girl (2.27 mil) inched up a hair from its season low. * 9 pm Both CBS' Men (16.52 million viewers) and Worst Week (10.05 mil) each gaiend about 500K. At 11.28 mil, 24 was down 830K, while the opening of Heroes ' "Fugitives" chapter (8.46 mil) surged nine percent from the "Villains" finale. (Also of note, Heroes notched its best audience since Oct. 20.) One Tree Hill held steady at 2.6 mil. * 10 pm CSI: Miami gained 10 percent to deliver its largest audience since the season premiere - 16 million viewers. Medium was welcomed back by 8.53 million (on par with its last season finale), while True Beauty (6.82 mil) dipped a well-coiffed hair. Source Here
Last night's How I Met Your Mother was filled with glorious little Easter Eggs. You can check out Barney's actual video resume: barneysvideoresume.com Some of you might recognize that this video is a spoof of this actual video resume that spread around the internet a few years ago: Impossible is Nothing Additionally, we learned that Ted was a DJ in college, and that accompanying website has come to our attention: mysteriousdrx.com Lastly, the show hilariously threw in there Alyson Hannigan's actual pregnant belly after the hot dog eating contest: Did you catch any additional in-jokes last night? Sources: NYMAG and videogum