* 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
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 .