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Show Creator Carter Bays Dishes on Barney and Robin

When the fourth season of How I Met Your Mother wrapped up, we were left with several cliffhangers, including one that revolves around the most important plot of the series: The mother! The writers toyed with this storyline as future Ted tells the story of how he pulled an all-nighter working on a pitch in an attempt to bring business to his fledgling architecture firm and eventually accepts the professor job at the University where he will meet the mother of his children. While that's all reassuring, the cliffhanger involving Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) was far more interesting. Because by the end of the season, Barney professed his love for Robin and despite their complicated feelings for each other, they still ended up kissing. So where do Robin and Barney stand now? That's a question all How I Met Your Mother fans are dying to find out and series co-creator Carter Bays sheds light on what's in store for these two fan-favorites in the fifth season. "[The Leap] I think, kicks the door down for the Barney and Robin romance," Bays told the Star-Ledger. "We have some ideas. Our big challenge as writers is 'What would that be like?' We have some ideas of that would be like. Obviously, it won't be as easy as they're just boyfriend/girlfriend now." Of course, going into season 4, Barney always knew that he had strong feelings for Robin, who, on the other hand, remains a bit of a mystery when it comes to how she really feels about the show's resident playboy. "Robin's journey was a little more internal. We didn't explore it as much as Barney's. It was like leaving it a mystery where Robin stands. That's what made it exciting, not knowing what the answer would be. We still kind of don't know what the answer is. I like the ambiguity of, 'On what level is she saying that she doesn't want to be in a relationship or she does?' I like that we decided to give ourselves season five to explore that," he explained. It seems that season 5 will definitely put the spot light on Barney and Robin's budding romance. But does this mean that we've seen the last of Barney trying to seduce other women? According to Bays, that won't be the case. "I think you sort of established where Barney stands with this in the first episode of the season. It's the scorpion and the toad. There will always be a part of him that's a flirt. It'll be about him trying to reconcile the two parts of himself," he said. Source Here

Emmy predictions: Comedy, Best Supporting Actor and Actress

In an attempt to make life easier for the rest of us EW's Ausiello has made his list of nominees for this years Emmy in supporting actress/actor in a comedy, see for yourself... Attention Emmy voters: The process of choosing this year's nominations begins next week, and you have better things to do than try to catch up on 600 hours of TV. Once again, I've singled out who (and what) I think is most deserving of kudos so you don't have to. It was extra complicated this year, since the rules allow for six nominees, up from five, in each category. The nominations are announced on July 16. Best Supporting Actress (Comedy) * Andrea Anders ( Better Off Ted ): Because I didn't think any actress could ever even begin to fill the void left by Lauren Graham. * Kristin Chenoweth ( Pushing Daisies ): The tube is full of actresses who are cute and perky. But can you name another who is cute, perky and not annoying? * Jennifer Esposito ( Samantha Who? ): Raise a glass to the funniest TV boozehound since AbFab. And then leave the bottle. * Jane Krakowski ( 30 Rock ): She killed when her character attempted to commit murder all in the name of getting a date with a hot EMT. And that was just the beginning. * Cobie Smulders ( How I Met Your Mother ): She could be the most underrated comic actress working today. And by "could," I mean "is." (And please take out the "be.") * Vanessa L. Williams ( Ugly Betty ): Her one-liners may've lacked a little bite, but damn if she didn't still bark 'em like nobody's business. Best Supporting Actor (Comedy) * Adam Baldwin ( Chuck ): He takes his spy work so seriously you can't help but laugh. (I mean, it's not like he's digging for scoop!) * Neil Patrick Harris ( How I Met Your Mother ): His mad crush on Robin turned the one-time cad into a fully-formed human being. Okay, it turned him into a cad with a heart. That's still progress. * Chi McBride ( Pushing Daisies ): Rude and crude and... wait, cuddly? Yes, cuddly. Emmy him. Now. * Tracy Morgan ( 30 Rock ): If you've gotta be smart to play dumb, he's a genius. Like, Big Bang Theory genius. * Jason Segel ( How I Met Your Mother ): For once, can't the nice guy finish first? * Michael Urie ( Ugly Betty ): Marc finally got (and lost) a man, and Urie got his best material ever, rising to it week after week. Also see Emmy predictions: Comedy, Best Lead Actor and Actress Emmy predictions: Drama, Best Lead Actor and Actress Emmy predictions: Drama, Best Supporting Actor and Actress Emmy predictions: Best Comedy and Drama Series Original Source

HIMYM: Carter Bays Q&A - Featured

Still thinking about this Monday's How I Met Your Mother season finale? Critic Alan Sepinwall has a nice interview with creator Carter Bays where the goat, the umbrella, Robarney, the you-know-who in Ted's class and more are covered: Let's start with by far the most important question raised by the finale: how did you decide that this would be the joke involving the goat? And what were the other goat ideas? We always knew it was going to be a fight. That was set up very early on in the fight episode, when Ted sort of makes a reference to Ted fighting the goat. The other ideas were the degrees to which we would take the idea of Ted fighting the goat. And that was off us having ideas and our production staff saying, "No way." There were going to be wires at one point, "Matrix"-style special effects, and we negotiated it down to a puppet goat. After all this time, do you feel like this was a satisfying resolution to that gag? I think so. Nothing's going to ever satisfy. It's hard to build something up for that long, but it was certainly fun to shoot and be funny. I think we got away with it in terms of realism versus the fantastical. I love that Ted goes through the rest of the episode with the goat's hoof print on his forehead. Maybe the rest of the series, who knows? So where do Robin and Barney stand now? That's a good question. This episode, I think, kicks the door down for the Barney and Robin romance. We have some ideas. Our big challenge as writers is "What would that be like?" We have some ideas of that would be like. Obviously, it won't be as easy as they're just boyfriend/girlfriend now. Barney knew going into the season that he had feelings for Robin; what do you feel he and she had to go through this year to get to this point? Robin's journey was a little more internal. We didn't explore it as much as Barney's. We've seen her in a relationship, she made the journey with Ted, going from the single person to someone who can open up to another person. It was kind of about Barney's side. It was like leaving it a mystery where Robin stands. That's what made it exciting, not knowing what the answer would be. We still kind of don't know what the answer is. I like the ambiguity of, "On what level is she saying that she doesn't want to be in a relationship or she does?" I like that we decided to give ourselves season five to explore that. Read the rest: How I Met Your Mother: The Leap Q&A - Carter Bays

CBS Announces Fall Schedule - Featured

CBS SCHEDULE Monday 8 p.m.: How I Met Your Mother 8:30 p.m.: Accidentally on Purpose 9 p.m.: Two and a Half Men 9:30 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory 10 p.m.: CSI: Miami Note: Rules of Engagement will return at midseason. Tuesday 8 p.m.: NCIS 9 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles 10 p.m.: The Good Wife Wednesday 8 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried 9 p.m.: Criminal Minds 10 p.m.: CSI: NY Thursday 8 p.m.: Survivor: Samoa 9 p.m.: CSI 10 p.m.: The Mentalist Friday 8 p.m.: Ghost Whisperer 9 p.m.: Medium 10 p.m.: Numb3rs Sunday 7 p.m.: 60 Minutes 8 p.m.: The Amazing Race 9 p.m.: Three Rivers 10 p.m.: Cold Case WHAT NEW SHOWS ARE COMING TO CBS? Accidentally on Purpose stars Jenna Elfman as a young woman who gets knocked up and decides to live platonically with the baby-daddy (and the kid). Wackiness ensues. Costars Grant Show and Ashley Jensen The Bridge , set to premiere at midseason, is about a leader of a police union who must balance the demands of his fellow cops and the city administration, all while continuing to fight crime. Stars Aaron Douglas (the Chief from Battlestar Galactica !) The Good Wife should not be confused with last year's Canterbury's Law , even though both star Julianna Marguiles as a lawyer. This time around she plays a wronged woman who washes that man right out of her hair by getting the defense attorney job she always wanted when she was younger. Costars Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry Miami Trauma, also set to premiere at midseaon, is a Jerry Bruckheimer Productions show about, well, trauma surgeons at a hospital in Miami. Think Seattle Grace but sunnier and with more broken bones. Stars Jeremy Northam and Omar Gooding NCIS: Los Angeles focuses on paramilitary investigators who hunt down especially dangerous criminals by using the latest whiz-bang technology. Stars LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell and Louise Lombard Three Rivers needs no explanation other than that it's the new Alex O'Loughlin medical drama. OK, here's a little more explanation: The three rivers are (maybe) a metaphor for the three streams of humanity that must converge to make a human organ transplant possible: the donors, the recipients and the doctors. Either that or it's set at Three Rivers Hospital...O'Loughlin plays the hotshot doc who leads the transplant team. Costars Julia Ormond and Justina Machado. New reality shows on CBS include Arranged Marriage (exactly what it sounds like) and Undercover Boss , wherein the corporate king takes off his crown, shrugs the ermine robe from his shoulders, and walks among the common people for a day or two, learning a thing or two about the working class and their quaint, wholesome values...

Watch a sneak peek at HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER "The Leap"

When Ted pulls an all-nighter working on a pitch in an attempt to bring business to his fledgling architecture firm, Marshall tries to lure him to the roof for a surprise 31st birthday party, on the fourth season finale of How I Met Your Mother , Monday, May 18 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Source & Video

Finale Fever: This Week's TV Finales (5/17 - 5/22) - Featured

Finale Fever continues! This week wraps up just about all the primetime biggies that didn't have their finales last week, so don't miss all the big finale laughs and drama! Sunday 5/17 King of the Hill at 7:30/6:30c on Fox Survivor: Tocantins at 8/7c on CBS The Simpsons at 8/7c on Fox Family Guy at 9/8c on Fox Desperate Housewives at 9/8c on ABC American Dad! at 9:30/8:30c on Fox Monday 5/18 Gossip Girl at 8/7c on The CW 24 at 8/7c on Fox How I Met Your Mother at 8:30/7:30c on CBS One Tree Hill at 9/8c on The CW Two and a Half Men at 9/8c on CBS Rules of Engagement at 9:30/8:30c on CBS CSI: Miami at 10/9c on CBS Tuesday 5/19 NCIS at 8/7c on CBS Dancing with the Stars at 8/7c on ABC 90210 at 9/8c on The CW The Mentalist at 9/8c on CBS Jail at 9/8c on MTV Without a Trace at 10/9c on CBS Wednesday 5/20 American Idol at 8/7c on Fox The New Adventures of Old Christine at 8/7c on CBS Gary Unmarried at 8:30/7:30c on CBS Criminal Minds at 9/8c on CBS Thursday 5/21 Ugly Betty at 8/7c on ABC Southland at 10/9c on NBC Friday 5/22 Head Case at 10/9c on Starz Party Down at 10:30/9:30c on Starz What will you be watching? Related Stories: Finale Fever: This Week's TV Finales (5/10 - 5/17) Finale Fever: Guide to 16 Super Season-Enders 'Gossip Girl' Season 2 Finale Preview 'One Tree Hill' Season 6 Finale Clip Photo courtesy of EW.com

Neil Patrick Harris Gets His Tonys On

Neil Patrick Harris is pulling a Hugh Jackman. The How I Met Your Mother star has just been tapped to host the 2009 Tony Awards. Theater's biggest night is shaping up to be a star-studded occasion, with Geoffrey Rush, James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Jane Fonda, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis all nominated in just the Leading Actor or Actress in a Play categories alone. Allison Janney, Stockard Channing and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis topline the Leading Actress or Actor in a Musical. And - oh, yeah! - Elton John and Dolly Parton also earned gongs for their contributions to Billy Elliot: The Musical and 9 to 5: The Musical, respectively. The former Doogie Howser, M.D. is no slouch to the theater himself. He's had lead roles in productions of Rent, Assassins, Cabaret and Proof, and is currently producing the theatrical mystery show, Accomplice: Hollywood. Source Here

HIMYM Video: Robarney, Stella and the Shocking Finale Reveal - Featured

In celebration of Stella's return to How I Met Your Mother , E! hit the set to get the scoop from Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Sarah Chalke (or as the boys call her, S. Chal-key) and Jason Jones about what it all means for Ted. Check out the legend... wait for it... dary finale teaser videos here: How I Met Your Mother Video: Robarney, Stella and the Shocking Finale Reveal Photo courtesy of EW.com

Producer Carter Bays Dishes Out on Stella

Monday's night's broadcast of How I Met Your Mother has certainly got a lot of fans talking about one thing: Is Stella the mother? Personally, I don't think she's the mother of Ted's children even though she was the mystery woman in the "Right Place Right Time." But there are those who are leaning towards the idea that she may be the one. We won't know for sure until the end of the series but executive producer Carter Bays has given hints on why she brought back Sarah Chalke's Stella and the future direction of How I Met Your Mother. Warning: This article may contain spoilers!!! Obviously, Carter Bays wouldn't say whether Stella's the mother or not but fans could somehow take a clue from the show's "very careful wording of the narration." "Nothing's a fake-out on this show. We established very early on that this is a very windy, twisty story, and the message of the show is there's a ridiculous series of events that has to happen before this guy meets the woman he marries... I will say this about the next two episodes: Everything will be made clear and it will move the ball forward," Bays told Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello. Prior to "Right Place Right Time," Stella was last seen in "Happily Ever After," which aired last November and saw Ted finally getting closure from Stella after seeing her come home to Tony and her daughter Lucy. During her seven-episode arc, Stella was well-received by viewers but her recent comeback on the canvas has seemingly freaked out a lot of fans. "It seems to be split 50/50; some people loved it but a lot of people really hated it. And I certainly don't want to tell you that I like it when people hate my show, but knowing where the next two episodes go, I feel like those are both legitimate reactions and both what we were going for," he said. "We've never really kept a big secret from the audience. And what secrets we do have we usually tell people and there are usually spoilers floating around. And this kind of felt like, 'Let's try and do something that takes everyone by surprise and really blow people's minds.' And I think we did it," he added. So how does Stella figure into the Mother mystery? "We'll reveal why Ted running into her again is such huge moment. He already ran into her once before and didn't do anything, but this one has more meaning and we'll find out why next week," he said. Source Here

'HIMYM' scoop: Stella's the mother! Or IS she? - Featured

Spoilers from last night's episode After last night's ending on How I Met Your Mother , everybody is obviously wondering once more, "Is Stella the mother?" Check out EW's interview with show creator Carter Bays on the subject. While he doesn't answer the question directly, he certainly hints at an answer: Is Stella the mother? CARTER BAYS: I won't say whether she's the mother or not, [but] we were definitely very careful in the wording of the narration. Obviously, we're not going to say, 'Okay, here she is! Show's over." Was it an intentional fake-out? BAYS: Nothing's a fake-out on this show. We established very early on that this is a very windy, twisty story, and the message of the show is there's a ridiculous series of events that has to happen before this guy meets the woman he marries...I will say this about the next two episodes: Everything will be made clear and it will move the ball forward. You certainly got people talking. BAYS: We freaked out a ton of people. We've never really kept a big secret from the audience. And what secrets we do have we usually tell people and there are usually spoilers floating around. And this kind of felt like, "Let's try and do something that takes everyone by surprise and really blow people's minds." And I think we did it. What kind of reaction have you been getting? BAYS: It seems to be split 50/50; some people loved it but a lot of people really hated it. And I certainly don't want to tell you that I like it when people hate my show, but knowing where the next two episodes go, I feel like those are both legitimate reactions and both what we were going for. Does the yellow umbrella belong to Stella? BAYS: I can't say one way or the other. Can you give me a preview of next week's episode? BAYS: We'll reveal why Ted running into her again is such huge moment. He already ran into her once before and didn't do anything, but this one has more meaning and we'll find out why next week. Is it your plan to hold off on confirming the identity of the mother is until the final episode of the series? BAYS: That's always been the plan, but obviously we have a lot of options at our fingertips. Source So...what do you guys think? Personally, I think he's saying very clearly that Stella is not the mother...
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