March is an epic sports month. Baseball is back, March Madness is imminent (or in progress, depending on when you're reading this), regular season pro-basketball and hockey games start to have a desperate feel to them. (Also, it's lacrosse season, which probably means something to a select few!) SideReel doesn't cover sports, but we do cover sports-themed television, so we've put together a list of the most sportacular episodes of our favorite shows. Did your choice make the Elite Eight? How I Met Your Mother S3E14: The Bracket (The Final Four) Truthfully, this is only tangentially related to sports, but given that it was a nod to the, uh... growing field of bracketology (and not at all a shameless ploy to promote CBS 's ownership of the NCAA Basketball tournament), but it is a well-crafted episode that finally acknowledges that Barney is kind of (and by kind of I mean extremely) cruel to women. Turns out that in the aftermath of being Barn-stormed (did he ever use that? If not, he should have), they don't really hold him in high regard. Also, basketball is referenced. Friday Night Lights S7E42: State Season one of FNL was basically flawless. From its heartbreaking pilot to its joyful finale, it was a perfect and gorgeously paced paean to the long game. For my money, "State" has the most touching scene in the entire series: the victory parade set to Tony Lucca 's cover of Texas legend Daniel Johnston 's " Devil Town ". As the Greek chorus that is local sports radio says of Coach Eric Taylor at the end, "He healed this team, and he healed this town." The Simpsons S3E17: Homer at the Bat There are many strange and wonderful moments in the third season of The Simpsons , but this episode certainly serves as a time capsule of the era we chose to believe the best of our baseball players. The roster of stars in this episode also does double-duty as a list of "Yikes, that guy! Eeesh." True, there are some on there who survived the '90s with their reputations intact, but there were some other spectacular flameouts. Luckily, the best line in the episode is uttered by good guy Ken Griffey, Jr., and I'll tune in every time to hear him say, "There's a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited!" (a line he reportedly had great trouble recording). Switched at Birth S7E40: Game On Switched at Birth is a pioneering show that should get more respect among the wider population than it does. Newsflash, America: ABC Family is not just for teens! Aside from the fact that it's given wonderful exposure to the deaf community, its characters have real, multidimensional personalities. Bay Kennish is a talented modern artist, while Daphne Vasquez (the terrific Katie Leclerc) is a gifted basketball player. "Game On" puts her team (from Carlton School for the Deaf) into a regional basketball tournament—and they truly shine. Sure, the underdog victory is a frequently-used trope on TV, but SaB never makes it feel trite, just exciting, honest, and well-deserved. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S7E4: Take Me Out to the Holosuite There's no crying in spaceball! I was always charmed by DS9 's references to baseball as an obscure and weird obsession of Captain Sisko's. It was one of those things that made the show actually feel like it was from the future, looking at something so omnipresent to us now the way we look at the harpsichord. Imagine trying to learn a sport that went out of fashion hundreds of years ago—and playing it against a species that's stronger, smarter, and (supposedly) unphased by pressure? Vulcans are practically naturally dosed with PEDs! It's a cheerful hour in an overwhelmingly dark final season, and all the more wonderful for that. The Colbert Report S6E11: Dick Ebersol Stephen Colbert takes on speedskating and the Winter Olympics in general in this 2010 episode featuring Shani Davis and then-head of NBC Sports, Dick Ebersol. Doing what he does best—skewering those who take themselves too seriously, something the Winter Olympics (and the Summer Olympics!) have long been guilty of—Colbert is untouchable. The guy probably deserves some kind of gold medal—in fact, I'm sure he'd be the first to agree. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S5E7: The Gang Wrestles for the Troops Pro-wrestling is a sport! Or, at the very least, it's a "sport"... probably... maybe. Its overt narcissism and "villainy" are the same qualities found in an average episode of It's Always Sunny , which make the two an ideal match. Plus, having donned their eagle (pigeon) costumes, the guys sing about being BIRDS OF WAR before taking on poor Rickety Cricket, shown here having the most demeaning moment of his life up to this point. Oh, Cricks, it doesn't get better. [Sadface.] The League S2E13: The Sacko Bowl SideReel kind of loves The League ! And by kind of, I mean WE LOVE THE LEAGUE ! None of us actually do fantasy sports, but it doesn't stop us from enjoying it vicariously through this show, what with its excellent cast and mean jokes (we, too, are excellent and mean). So it's appreciated that there's a competition for last place (the titular bowl) which leads to a year-long shaming of the "winner." We're not bad people, we just like watching them on TV. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. When she was 8, she asked a JCC basketball coach to take her out of the game due to perspiration. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
Fast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014The Season 6 premiere of "The Voice" delivered strong ratings for NBC Monday, dipping a little in adults 18-49 from its fall debut but holding steady with last spring's opener. It also scored its best total-viewer numbers since the post-Super Bowl episode of 2012."The Voice's" return also gave a boost to "The Blacklist," which had its best outing since its fall finale in December. The return of everyone's regular lineup made for a decent night for the networks all-around: "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Bachelor" were both up from their most recent originals, and The CW's "Star-Crossed" held onto most of its premiere audience. FOX's "Almost Human" and "The Following" were more or less even with last week.NBC's 14.25 million viewers and 8.4 rating/13 share in households led the night by a wide margin. ABC (8.3 million, 5.5/9) came in second, beating out CBS (7.2 million,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/tv-ratings-the-voice-returns-to-solid-numbers-blacklist-and-bachelor-rise-monday.html
Complaining about the time-marking nature of "How I Met Your Mother's" final season is, at this point, not a useful exercise. It's exhausting to write about, it must be exhausting to read about, and it can surely be tough to watch, even in an episode such as Monday's (Feb. 24) "Rally," which had some pretty good comic bits and callbacks to earlier points in the series. This is the path the show chose to take this season, however, and considering filming on the series finale is just about done, it's not changing. So let's all stipulate from here on out that we wish the Mother had been involved earlier and more often in this season, and by extension her future relationship with Ted explored a little more deeply. That while the jumping around in time that has occurred during Barney and Robin's wedding weekend has occasionally been fun (see below) as it filled in old... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/how-i-met-your-mother-making-peace-with-rally-and-the-run-to-the-finish.html
CBS' pilot "How I Met Your Dad" is following in the footsteps of "How I Met Your Mother" in a number of ways. The spiritual spinoff will tell a similar story in a similar time-hopping way -- and maybe, just maybe, it will have a member of the Whedonverse in its cast.Former "Dollhouse" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Eliza Dushku told her 1.5 million Twitter followers Thursday (Feb. 20) that she's reading the pilot script for "How I Met Your Dad." Unsurprisingly, that bit of information caused a stir among her fans, so much so that Dushku followed up with a clarification."#Reading the pilot, folks. No announcement, just a first date -- perhaps this weekend," she writes. She adds, though, that she thinks the script, from "HIMYM" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey, "IS kinda #badass."Greta Gerwig has already been cast in "How I Met Your Dad"... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/eliza-dushku-for-how-i-met-your-dad-dollhouse-star-says-shes-reading-pilot-script.html
How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 18 “Rally” airs Monday, February 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Episode Synopsis: How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 18 “Rally” — When Barney suffers from the world’s worst hangover the morning of his wedding, the gang tries to figure out the far-fetched ingredients to concoct the Stinson Hangover Fixer Elixir, on the final season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, Feb. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/02/24/how-i-met-your-mother-season-9-episode-18-rally/
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris trot the sitcom's final episode Monday evening opposite NBC's new "Tonight Show" unveiling. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/qKIa1s3rIMg/story01.htm
Will “How I Met Your Mother” go out with a giant nudie-fest? Most likely not, but that’s one of the faux scenarios that the cast of the CBS sitcom offers on Monday night’s episode of “Late Show With David Letterman.” Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/met-mother-finale-naked-cobie-smulders-jokes/
The producers of "How I Met Your Mother" chose Valentine's Day, of all days, to stage the first reading of the series finale script. Judging by what cast members and the creators shared on social media afterward, there were few dry eyes once it was over.Take a look at this picture from Alyson Hannigan, for instance:Umm...so this is how the last HIMYM Table Read went for me. #sorrytrees pic.twitter.com/UApWvPbbOM-- alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) February 14, 2014 Her colleagues expressed similar sentiments.Josh Radnor: "Read the 'HIMYM' series finale script on the treadmill at the gym this morning. People probably thought that was sweat in my eyes. Suckers."Neil Patrick Harris: "Just finished the initial read thru of the final 'How I Met Your Mother.' Ever. Holy moly. Just... holy dang moly. #soproud"Co-creator Craig Thomas: "Final #HIMYM table read -- there are no words. And to state the obvious: The cast, including Cristin [Milioti], was just amazing.""How I Met... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/how-i-met-your-mothers-final-table-read-is-a-tear-jerker.html
With the end of "How I Met Your Mother" getting closer and closer -- the show had a table read for the series finale on Friday (Feb. 14) -- members of its cast are starting to find new jobs.The latest one to find a new gig is Alyson Hannigan, and she's staying at CBS in a comedy pilot called "More Time with Family." The show stars and was co-created by comedian Tom Papa, who's playing a man who makes a career change in order to have more time with his wife, Cindy (Hannigan), and their kids.Papa created the show with the husband-and-wife team of Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ("The King of Queens," "13 Going on 30"). Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the show's executive producers, along with the three creators.Hannigan is the second "HIMYM" regular to score a lead role in a pilot this week. She follows Cristin Milioti, who's starring in... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/how-i-met-your-mothers-alyson-hannigan-stays-at-cbs-with-comedy-pilot.html
CBS is moving full-steam-ahead on its upcoming HIMYM spin-off, How I Met Your Dad, and the network has already selected its new lead, indie film star Greta Gerwig. How I Met Your Mother's upcoming spin-off series has found its new "mother"! Deadline confirms that indie film star Greta Gerwig has been cast in the starring role in the upcoming CBS comedy "How I Met Your Dad." As previously reported, the spin-off will follow Sally, a female Peter Pan type in search of a new Mister Right with the support of her circle of friends. In addition to starring, Gerwig will also help behind-the-scenes as a producer and writer. What do you think, HIMYM fans — can you get on-board with this new mother and her story? Or will you skip the spin-off entirely? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and stick with us at Celebified for more of the latest TV news.