Ratings: Chuck Reaches Out and Touches a Season High - Featured

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

HIMYM: Barney's Video Resume, Dr. X and More - Featured

Last night's How I Met Your Mother was filled with glorious little Easter Eggs. You can check out Barney's actual video resume: 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: 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

Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Costar's Engagement

Neil Patrick Harris reveals the engagement plans of one of his costars while at a panel discussion for " How I Met Your Mother ." Harris says his current on-screen lover, Cobie Smulders, is engaged to actor Taran Killam. "She's engaged to Taran, who's in the front row, who's one of the luckier men in the world," he says of his costar's fiancé. "[Cobie] is not only beautiful but accessible, funny [and] talented," Harris continued. In addition to walking down the aisle, Cobie is also pregnant along with her costar Alyson Hannigan -- but the cast and crew say that won't be written into the show. Source here

How I Met Your Mother Digs Frances Conroy as Barney's Mom - Featured

'Tis the season for comedies to be casting on-screen parental units, 'twould seem! On the heels of The Big Bang Theory tapping Christine Baranski to mother Leonard, My Name Is Earl recruiting Danny Glover to call Crab Man "son," Scott Bakula making a leap as Chuck 's pop, and 30 Rock picking Patti Lupone to coddle Frank (per EW), How I Met Your Mother has ventured forth to find the woman who gave unto the world... Barney. And it's a darn good get - Frances Conroy, who as Six Feet Under 's matriarch collected a Golden Globe and four Emmy nods. Conroy will appear on the CBS hitcom's 15th episode of the season, "The Stinsons," in which the gang discovers that Barney has a fake wife-and-kid on call should his mother ever come to town. (Apparently New York City's most eligible bachelor has told quite the white lie over the years, as mom Loretta's health ebbed and flowed.) Sure enough, an occasion presents itself where Barney has to produce his "family," and it's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle's Brooke D'Orsay fulfilling the wifely duties. To date, Barney's mother has been partially glimpsed in flashbacks, but her face never shown. Oh, and his dad is supposedly Bob Barker, but... we're not buying it. What's your take, Mother-lovers? Is Conroy who you envisioned bearing god's gift to women? Source here

TV Tonight (1/26): What's On? What's Premiering? What's Off?

Wondering why some of your favorite shows are missing from your TV schedule tonight? All of The CW and CBS's shows are in reruns this evening, including Gossip Girl , One Tree Hill , How I Met Your Mother , The Big Bang Theory , Two and a Half Men, Worst Week and CSI: Miami . However, there's plenty of other television options to watch, including the return of The Closer at 9 and the premiere of Trust Me at 10 on TNT . Also new: ABC has a 2-hour Bachelor and then a new True Beauty . ABC Family has new The Secret Life of The American Teenager and Kyle XY . NBC has a new Superstars of Dance at 8, then the conclusion of miniseries The Last Templar . Fox has new episodes of House and 24 .

How I Met Your Mother's Ted Finds that '70s Gal Groovy

One thing seems fairly certain, she's not the mother. Still, Laura Prepon is poised to have a very good time guest-starring on CBS' How I Met Your Mother later this season. That gal from That '70s Show (as well as October Road ) has been cast in the role of Karen, a rather infamous ex of Ted's. Yeah, it seems these two have been off and on and off again countless times since college - to the point that Lily visibly seethes at the mere mention of repeat-cheater Karen's name. Now, why do I dare venture that Karen isn't the mother? Well, 1) the show isn't called I Had Already Met Your Mother, and 2) Prepon is only around for two episodes, not five as reported elsewhere. But I like this casting, especially given the somewhat naughty nature of Prepon's role. Are you willing to let her break Ted's heart one more time. Source here

How I Met Your Pay Raises

The cast of How I Met Your Mother just recently inked a deal for the whole gang to receive pay raises retroactively for season four and going forward according the The Hollywood Reporter. After months of renegotiation, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan have inked a deal that will bring their salaries to between $90,000 to $120,000 per each episode. No news on who's on the high end versus the low but we're guessing NPH on the high and Smulders on the low. The great news for fans of How I Met Your Mother is that the renegotiated contract extends the actors' original seven year contracts to eight years. The high rated and recently syndicated show isn't going anywhere. The gang has much to be celebrating for and it's not just cheeseburgers. Sorry Regis, you have no reason to celebrate. Read More >

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Guest star in How I met your Mother

Lately, How I Met Your Mother hasn't exactly been shy about piling on the guest stars. Remember Britney Spears? Well, for tonight's first episode of the new year, it's happening again, with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt joining Kim Kardashian for cameos on the show. I was initially wary of the idea, but the way the three of them are being used does make me chuckle: They're the faces on the front of a Them Weekly magazine that Marshall wants to read in the bathroom but can't, because he's afraid that taking the magazine with him is an instant signal that he wants to do a No. 2. OK, so maybe I'm more interested in the night's other plotline, which has Ted and Robin attempting to be roommates and discovering that maybe they got along better when they were sleeping together. But hey, I'm generally in favor of anything that gives this show a ratings boost. Source here

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER "Benefits" First Look

Take a first look at HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER new episode "Benefits" airing this Monday, January 12, at 8:30pm on CBS.

Kim Kardashian in How I Met Your Mother

Kim Kardashian's guest spot on the Neil Patrick Harris-starring smash-hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother is almost ready to air, and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is offering a sneak preview of her appearance on her official site. The 28-year-old reality-TV sensation and fashion guru plays herself on the episode. She performs as a cover girl for Them Weekly, a periodical that serves as the preferred bathroom reading material for Marshall (played by Jason Segel). Kim comes to life in front of Marshall's eyes, and a laff-riot ensues! Source here