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The How I Met Your Mother Finale Was Actually Great, And Here's Why

Sometimes life just gets in the way of a happy ending. As a one-time How I Met Your Mother  fan (who'd fallen off the wagon in recent years), I watched the penultimate episode with a combination of eye rolls and tears—something I'm sorry to say is a common occurance once you hit 30. Oof, these are hackneyed jokes, and please, please stop making us think Robin and Barney won't go through with it because people will riot , were my thoughts, though they were quickly eclipsed by a a watery-eyed smile during Ted's final narration about how "love is the best thing we do." So I'm not surprised by the rage people feel towards the finale. After all, at the end of  Friends everyone hugged and vowed to stay best friends forever. But did they? Life and circumstances change, and as much as we want to believe Monica and Chandler are inviting Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey over for barbecues every weekend, in real life, they almost certainly wouldn't be. It was a risk to take for  HIMYM 's creators to acknowledge that friendship (even the kind of friendship that lasts years and we can only assume is permanent) really isn't. It's a product of geography and circumstance as much as it is chemistry. And it's a tough equation; throw any variable out of whack and you lose it. For a show that had always been (sometimes tooth-achingly) sweet, it was a cynical out, but it wasn't unrealistic. Showing up only for the "big parts" is a thing that really happens.  It took guts to spend an hour showing us the disappointments these characters would face in years to come, but that's life. That's what happens. To only show up for "the big parts" is sad, but it's also normal. Careers blow up, the bar scene gets old, people pair off and have kids and want to go to bed at 9:45. So what I can say is this: there is at least one reason people can be pissed off at this, and that's the fact that fans were jerked around by the show's creators for the past few months. "Don't be ridiculous! She doesn't die!" was the gist of most interviews over the last season. They lied. They didn't want you to stop watching. It's showbusiness. But being jerked around offscreen shouldn't impact how we look at " Last Forever ." On its own merits, it wasn't bad—It just wasn't perfect. It wasn't legen-wait-for-it-dary. It was honest and it was sad, but in the end, every member of the gang ended up happy. Love  is the best thing we do. Lily, Marshall, Ted, Robin, and even Barney: they all did it. The rest of us should be so lucky. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. She's a cynic. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Finale 2014 “Last Forever Parts One and Two”

How I Met Your Mother  Season 9 Episode 23 & 24 “Last Forever Parts One and Two” airs Monday, March 31 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Episode Synopsis:  How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 23 & 24 “Last Forever Parts One and Two” —Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, on the special one-hour series finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, March 31 (8:00-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/03/31/how-i-met-your-mother-season-9-finale-2014-last-forever-parts-one-and-two/

Exclusive: How I Met Your Mother Series Finale Secrets Revealed!

"Tango! You're tangoing!" The photographer at TV Guide Magazine 's cover shoot encourages Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti to unleash their inner Latin groove. They laugh. Dip. Embrace. Lock eyes. Spin. Entwine legs. Almost fall. Hold each other up. Just like the loving goofball soul mates they play on How I Met Your Mother — idealistic architect Ted Mosby and his future bride, still known only as the Mother.   Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/How-I-Met-Your-Mother-Finale-1079432.aspx?rss=breakingnews

TV ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' premiere down, 'The Voice' and 'Blacklist' rise Monday

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 17, 2014The return of "Dancing With the Stars" Monday helped ABC lead the night in total viewers, but it was down from both its fall premiere earlier this season and last spring's debut. It did, however, give a boost to "Castle," which scored its best numbers in six weeks.Also Monday, "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" each improved on their last original broadcasts to give NBC an easy win among adults 18-49 for the night. "How I Met Your Mother" also rose for CBS, but "Bones" and "The Following" dipped for FOX. The move of "The Tomorrow People" to Monday gave The CW a bump over former time-slot occupant "Beauty and the Beast."ABC averaged 13.3 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/13 share in households in primetime, beating out NBC's 12.6 million and 7.6/12 for the overall lead. CBS (6.7 million, 4.3/7) came in third. FOX (4.8 million, 3.1/5) came in... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-dancing-with-the-stars-premiere-down-the-voice-and-blacklist-rise-monday.html

'How I Met Your Mother' Preview for Penultimate Episode: The Wedding

Check out what tip the titular mother shares to bride-to-be Robin on how to cope with a panic attack.   Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00069311.html

'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9, episode 21: 'Gary Blauman' keeps Ted and the Mother going

Back in January, when "How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Craig Thomas revealed that one of the show's final episodes would be called "Gary Blauman," I cringed a little.In a season that by the nature of its design has featured a good amount of running in place, an episode named after a minor character -- Barney and Marshall's GNB co-worker, played by Taran Killam, appeared in four previous episodes -- seemed like it could be the wheel-spinningest one of all.It also brought to mind "Across the Sea," the divisive final-season "Lost" episode (which also aired two weeks before the series finale) that spent zero time with the show's primary characters. "HIMYM" has been "Lost"-ian in a number of ways over the course of its life for both good and ill -- but mercifully, "Gary Blauman" ended up being a much more satisfying episode than "Across the Sea" was. The blizzard of cameos -- everyone from... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/how-i-met-your-mother-season-9-episode-21-gary-blauman-keeps-ted-and-the-mother-going.html

'How I Met Your Mother': Favorite gags, Lily's surprise and more from Paleyfest

brightcove.createExperiences();The cast of "How I Met Your Mother" was not about to spill anything about the show's ending at the 2014 Paley Festival. Even obliquely worded questions about what's coming in the final episodes were parried aside.So instead, Zap2it asked Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan and Cristin Milioti about other aspects of the show. Hit play on the video above to hear Radnor's favorite recurring gag on the show, why Hannigan didn't act drunk before Lily revealed she was pregnant and whether Milioti could ponder Ted ending up with someone other than her character."How I Met Your Mother" has two episodes left before the March 31 series finale on CBS.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/how-i-met-your-mother-favorite-gags-lilys-surprise-and-more-from-paleyfest.html

'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Avoid Talking About Death Speculation

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas dodge the question when asked at the PaleyFest if the persistent rumor about the sad ending is true.   Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00069281.html

'How I Met Your Mother' spoilers: 'Gary Blauman' isn't just about Gary Blauman

Fans who attended "How I Met Your Mother's" farewell session at the 2014 Paley Festival Saturday night (March 15) got a treat: a screening of Monday's episode, "Gary Blauman."Blauman, played by "Saturday Night Live" regular Taran Killam ("HIMYM" star Cobie Smulders' real-life husband), is a minor character in the show's history, a co-worker of Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) who's appeared in a handful of episodes. As it turns out, he's also had a number of run-ins with the gang over the years, leading to a host of flashbacks.What you should know up front is that the episode is not about Blauman -- he's a jumping-off point for a number of other stories. So if you were apprehensive that the episode would be akin to the final-season "Lost" episode "Across the Sea" that wasn't about any of the core cast (and, coincidentally, also aired two weeks before the series finale), you can rest easy. Here are... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/how-i-met-your-mother-spoilers-gary-blauman-isnt-just-about-gary-blauman.html

'Workaholics' Star Anders Holm Joins 'How I Met Your Father'

Holm is unlikely to leave his Comedy Central gig with the casting news because he's only put as recurring.   Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00069237.html