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'How I Met Your Mother' Creator Craig Thomas Says Season 8 Possibly Show's Last

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 19th 2011 9:30AM
'HIMYM' castSo, after six seasons we still don't know who is the mother of Ted's kids, but now we do know that all will be revealed before the end of 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8.

Creator and executive producer Craig Thomas told 'TV Guide' that the upcoming Season 7 will offer answers and even more changes for the 'HIMYM' gang. He also let slip that there will (probably) be only two more seasons left for the comedy.

"All of our contracts are up after [Season] 8," he said, "So we're preparing for that to possibly be the end. As long as we know that a year from now, that's fine. But if we don't, then that's a problem!"

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Is Katy Perry Ted's Latest Love Interest on 'How I Met Your Mother'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 11:30AM
Katy PerryAn attractive young lady has been cast on 'How I Met Your Mother,' so the speculation can now begin: Is she the mother?

Continuing in the storied tradition of pop star cameos on the CBS comedy, Katy Perry has signed on to guest star in an episode later this season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play the cousin of Jennifer Morrison's character, Zooey, "a beautiful, naive girl whom the gang resorts to calling 'honey'."

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Carter Bays on the 'How I Met Your Mother' Countdown Episode

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 4th 2011 11:30PM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Bad NewsIt's been a whole day since the interwebs were set abuzz by the shocking ending of last night's episode of 'How I Met Your Mother.' The episode had a lot going on, from the discovery of the gang's last doppelganger to a montage of Robin's embarrasing on-camera moments.

But the most talked about aspect of the episode, aside from the shocking ending, was the cleverly-presented countdown from 50 to 1, telegraphing the 'Bad News' of the episode's title. Many people got caught up in finding the numbers and figuring out what they meant. But as far as executive producer Carter Bays was concerned, he would have been content if people hadn't noticed them so quickly.

"I was surprised that people caught it, actually," he told me earlier this evening. "I thought it would be a thing you notice three viewings in, but I guess it was a little more visible than we intended."

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Carter Bays Is Excited About Season-Long 'How I Met Your Mother' Story Arc

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 15th 2010 4:30PM
Scene from 'Big Days' - the season six premiere of 'How I Met Your Mother'At one point during our conversation a couple of weeks ago, 'How I Met Your Mother' co-creator Carter Bays stopped my probing for guest star names and possible season six plots to express how hard it was for him and his partner, Craig Thomas, to talk about the upcoming season without giving everything away.

"We do these interviews and we always have to play this cat and mouse game where we don't want to give away all the stories," he told me. "If there's something exciting, you want people to watch it. We want people to know that there's this episode with Glitter, Robin Sparkles' buddy showing up. Stuff like that you do want to tell but at the same time you don't want to say too much about it because you don't want to ruin the joke or anything." As we've seen, news of casting coups are hard to keep quiet.

Indeed, Bays is enthusiastic about this coming season, mainly because the show is getting back to the emotional story arcs it was known for during its early seasons. As he and Thomas mentioned in July at the press tour, they're returning to that style after a season of one-off stories that even they admitted was hit and miss. We talked about that, whether they see a light at the end of the creative tunnel, and if they suffer from "mother fatigue" at all.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Twin Beds' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 10:03PM
Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris in 'HIMYM' - 'Twin Beds'
By now, it's not much of a stretch to say that most 'How I Met Your Mother' fans have moved on from both the Ted-Robin and the Barney-Robin relationships. They're both over, kaput, donezo. Robin's moved on, and the guys have moved on, and we're all ready to explore how the gang conducts their lives as just friends.

Which is why, despite the fact that this episode had a number of good laughs, I just sat there for the entire 22 minutes thinking, "I don't buy this." I know that a sitcom like this needs romantic tension in order to survive, but what went on this week felt pretty contrived, as if Bays and Thomas couldn't think of another romantic direction for Ted, Robin, and Barney, so they decided to tread on old ground not once, but twice.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Home Wreckers' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:02AM
(S05E20) It figures that right after I do a long post about the prominence of silly standalone episodes on 'HIMYM' this year, Bays and Thomas come back with an episode that could both stand alone and be part of the "mythology" of the show. And it gave us a new drinking game, to boot.

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Is 'HIMYM' In a Creative Slump? Yes and No

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 15th 2010 5:01PM
'HIMYM' - 'Girls Vs. Suits'For a show that's been on the air for a number of years and has received a modest amount of attention from those who are obsessed with the minutiae of pop culture, 'How I Met Your Mother' hasn't suffered from a lot of backlash.

But budding signs of one are starting to appear. All season, John Swansburg of Slate has been recapping the show under a column called "The 'How I Met Your Mother' Shame Index," chronicling what was good about an episode and what has made him ashamed to admit he was a fan. Lately, he's been giving more examples under the heading of "Shameful" than "Awesome."

And now there's an article by Tom Jicha, critic from the South Florida Sun Senitnel, bemoaning how the episodes this season have been moving away from Ted's search for the Mother and focusing more and more on Barney's tomcatting antics.

But are they right? Is the show sliding towards a creative abyss? In some respects, yes. But there seems to be a method behind this shift.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Zoo Or False' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 13th 2010 12:04AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Zoo Or False'
Many of the episodes of 'HIMYM' this season have been slapsticky and silly, but mostly in a good way. It's part of the effort of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and their crew to not get so bogged down in the "mythology" of the Mother story, allowing them to touch on it much less than they used to. It also sets up some nice standalone episodes for syndication.

Sometimes the silliness works, sometimes it doesn't. This time it worked. And because it worked, I won't get the phase "mugged by a monkey" out of my head for quite a while.

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TV Casting: Jennifer Love Hewitt Books Two Roles

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 25th 2010 12:05PM
Jennifer Love HewittJennifer Love Hewitt is set to star in a new Lifetime movie, tentatively titled 'The List.' In it, the 'Ghost Whisperer' star will play an ex-beauty queen-turned-mother of three who is now facing the threat of foreclosure. Meanwhile, Love Hewitt will also play herself in the pilot of NBC's upcoming 'Love Bites' from 'Sex and the City's' Cindy Chupack. Becki Newton of 'Ugly Betty' stars. [Hollywood Reporter] [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Jaime Pressly Headlines CBS Comedy Pilot

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:00AM
In a show that sounds kinda like 'How I Met Your Mother: Pittsburgh,' 'My Name Is Earl' Emmy winner Jaime Pressly has signed on to star in a new CBS comedy from 'Mother' producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

The untitled, multi-camera comedy is set in the Steel City and revolves around unmarried couple Tommy ('Worst Week' star Kyle Bornheimer, who bit the dust as a guest spy on last night's 'Chuck') and Gina, and their group of friends. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pressly plays a veterinarian who is Tommy's BFF and co-worker at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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Jaime Pressly Cast In New Bays/Thomas Pilot

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 23rd 2010 9:29AM

Jaime PresslyAdmittedly, the name Jaime Pressly springs more to mind one of the 'Poison Ivy' movies rather than her Emmy-winning role on 'My Name is Earl,' but obviously other people feel differently. She's just been cast in a supporting role in the as-yet-untitled comedy pilot from the creators of 'How I Met Your Mother,' about an unmarried couple that live in Pittsburgh.

It's somewhat understandable why Pressly didn't get the lead role. For one thing, it's about a younger couple and sadly Pressly is only aging upwards. For another, a supporting role would likely allow her to use her terrific comedic acting chops much better than a straight-laced lead role. In the right circumstances, television supporting characters can be more memorable than the leads and make the show more of an ensemble.

After her terrific acting in 'Earl,' it's only surprising it took this long to get another role. Considering that both Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee have already landed other television roles as well, there must be life after 'Earl.'

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Say Cheese' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2010 11:46PM
The cast of 'How I Met Your Mother'(S05E18) Ever come across an episode of one of your favorite shows that just felt half-baked to you? Sure, it had its funny moments, but there was something about the main story that begged to be explored a bit more. Or maybe one of the B-stories looked like it had more potential but it just ended up being either a one-note joke or dropped altogether.

This episode had both. I wanted the main story of Ted always bringing around his "skanks" to group celebrations to be tied in a little more to his search for the all-exalted mother. And I also wanted to see more about both Barney's and Marshall's relative abilities in front of a camera lens. Both left me dissatisfied.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Hooked' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 2nd 2010 9:24AM
Carrie Underwood and Josh Radnor in 'HIMYM' - 'Hooked'(S05E16) When I was out in LA for the press tour in January, I had the pleasure of watching the table read for this episode. This was the actual Monday-morning table read, not a show for the gathered critics; the writers were sitting by taking notes that would be used to make changes before shooting.

What struck me about the table read was that, despite the fact that it was the first draft and the cast hadn't fully gotten into how exactly they were going to play the script, the episode was funny. People were genuinely laughing, including the writers, who have lived with the script for some time; they weren't cackling in an effort to sell their funny lines. In fact, it was one of the funniest episodes of the season.

Watching the final version, I noticed that not a whole lot changed from that table read. And, even though I knew most of what was coming, I laughed as hard as I did when I was on the set a month and a half ago. If that's not the sign of a top-notch episode, I don't know what is.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rabbit or Duck'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 9th 2010 12:03AM
Neil Patrick Harris in 'HIMYM' - 'Rabbit or Duck'(S05E15) I've noticed that the last few episodes of 'HIMYM' have largely taken place in the "home booth" at MacLaren's. I know it's the 21st century version of the couch at Central Perk, but the world of 'Mother' is a lot bigger than that these days. And, besides, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan aren't pregnant anymore; there's no need to hide their baby bumps under the table anymore.

That being said, it's a great place for two of this show's signature "bits" to start: 1) Absurd arguments, and 2) Incessant ball-busting. We saw both of these this week, with Ranjit thrown into the mix to make things more interesting. What really made this episode wasn't just the Rabbit/Duck argument, though; it was the subtle direction shifts that made loyal viewers think Ted was going in one not so good direction, when he was really going in a worse -- but more fun! -- direction.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Perfect Week'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 2nd 2010 12:02AM
Neil Patrick Harris and Jim Nantz in 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Perfect Week'
Wouldn't everyone want to analyze their love lives with Jim Nantz?

Even if you haven't been as lucky in the sack as Barney Stinson, having an accomplished play-by-play guy talk about the ups and downs of your romantic escapades lends things a bit of gravitas and class.

However the 'HIMYM' writing team came up with the idea of how a nervous Barney recounts his perfect week in his own head, it was an inspired move, as it gave the episode the right narrative pull and really did put you in the position of a fan, pulling for him and making sure he didn't get jinxed. Did I just say that word?

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