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Which CBS Show Should Get the Post-Super Bowl Slot? (Team 'How I Met Your Mother'!)

by Chris O'Connell, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:25PM
How I Met Your MotherCBS has an important decision to make: Which of their programs will follow the Super Bowl in an effort to grab the incredibly high ratings that the NFL championship game inevitably gets every year?

Does the network choose a comedy, like NBC would do with 'Friends' after Super Bowl XXX, one that featured guest stars like Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Jean-Claude Van Damme and more? Or does CBS do what Fox did after Super Bowl XLII -- aka the greatest Super Bowl ever, featuring the New York Giants upsetting the undefeated Patriots -- and air an hour-long drama like 'House'?

Whatever CBS decides, we implore them not to complete the trifecta and air a third post-Super Bowl episode of Survivor. It's time for some fresh blood.How I Met Your MotherCBS has an important decision to make: Which of their programs will follow the Super Bowl in an effort to grab the incredibly high ratings that the NFL championship game inevitably gets every year?

Does the network choose a comedy, like NBC would do with 'Friends' after Super Bowl XXX, one that featured guest stars like Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Jean-Claude Van Damme and more? Or does CBS do what Fox did after Super Bowl XLII -- aka the greatest Super Bowl ever, featuring the New York Giants upsetting the undefeated Patriots -- and air an hour-long drama like 'House'?

Whatever CBS decides, we implore them not to complete the trifecta and air a third post-Super Bowl episode of Survivor. It's time for some fresh blood.

The Super Bowl means a few things in 2009: One, following the trend of recent Super Bowls, we have seen the end of 52-7 blowouts because of increased parity in the NFL, which means we will most likely still be watching in the fourth quarter. Two, people will be talking way too much about the commercials, which are never as exciting as they are made out to be. Finally, and perhaps most interesting, is the one-network, one-day "sweeps" that CBS will have to come up with post-game.

Whichever network gets the big game has to unveil some sort of celebrity star power on one of their big sitcoms to keep viewers interested after the final whistle. CBS has this difficult decision this year: which show, and which celebrity cameo? While we are still holding our breath for a special 'Twin Peaks' comeback hour with guest star Christopher Walken, it's safe to say that CBS will not be going in that direction.

'How I Met Your Mother'
makes sense, because the show could use a boost in ratings, yet it is still popular enough to warrant the lead-in from the Super Bowl.

Plus, some celebrity wandering onto the set is bound to receive either some snide "Bro Code" advice if he is a male, or be hit on in a creepy way if she is female from Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney. We're thinking someone like Seth Rogen, as the nerdy comic book store owner who wants to date Robin. Or maybe Megan Fox as a man-eating tramp who seduces her way through the three male leads, causing them to turn on each other in a fit of jealousy. Maybe she can reveal that she is a male-to-female trans-gender at the end of the episode, to the collective horror of the group. The possibilities are endless.

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