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'How I Met Your Mother' Season 7: Weddings, Song and Dance Numbers & a Baby

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 19th 2011 6:30PM
'How I Met You Mother' kicks off its seventh season tonight (premieres Mon., Sept. 19, 8PM ET on CBS), and fans will get a nice dose of singing and dancing, some auto-tuned Ted, two weddings and some flashbacks.

I hit the set during a particularly boob-tastic day of shooting this season, with Lily finally showing the first signs of pregnancy, but there were even more exciting things to talk about.

'How I Met Your Mother'

Like what guest stars Martin Short and Kal Penn will be up to, what sort of love triangles we'll be seeing this season (Barney and Robin and Ted? Really?!), lots of wedding talk and, of course, Marshall and Lily's bundle of joy.

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Alyson Hannigan Offers Details on 'HIMYM' Finale (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 4th 2011 12:15PM
Alyson Hannigan Offers Details on 'HIMYM' FinaleAlyson Hannigan of 'How I Met Your Mother' offered details on the show's season six finale on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS). In particular, Hannigan dished on the wedding rumored to be in the finale, and the possibility of a baby in someone's future.

"The season finale, you'll definitely get more of a piece of [the wedding] puzzle. And you'll get some more stuff. There's some big -- they never disappoint on the season finales," said Hannigan.

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'Early Show's' Tyler McGill Gets Cameo on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 21st 2011 1:25PM
Tyler McGill Visits 'HIMYM' CastTyler McGill -- resident "superfan" and amateur correspondent on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) -- added a cameo appearance to his behind-the scenes visit to 'How I Met Your Mother.'

His scene took five takes. "I just had to pretend to be talking to girls [at the bar]. They ignored me -- pretty standard, really," said McGill, perhaps alluding to his success (or lack thereof) with women in real-life.

On the other hand, Josh Radnor got plenty of action, practicing a kissing scene all morning. His costar Alyson Hannigan claimed it was his strategy: "He says, 'You know what, I really need to rehearse this kiss a lot of times.'"

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Top TV Redheads of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 4th 2010 1:00PM
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Eric Cartman may hate "gingers," but the rest of us know that the redheads in TV land are some of the greatest stars in tube history. In honor of Conan O'Brien's return to late night on Nov. 8 -- yes, spoiler, he made our list -- here are our picks for the top 22 TV redheads of all time:

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Should They Have a Baby on 'How I Met Your Mother'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 24th 2010 10:15PM
Should They Have a Baby on 'How I Met Your Mother'?When you're in a relationship, it's important to have rules that are as absurd and as complicated as possible. Or maybe that's only necessary if you have a relationship that takes place on a sitcom. Either way, it's what's taking place on 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS).

[Spoiler alert.]

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Robots vs. Wrestlers on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 10th 2010 10:00PM
Robots vs. Wrestlers on 'How I Met Your Mother'Would you rather go to a stuffy party, or would you rather see robots fighting wrestlers? The answer, of course, is obvious. Any sane human being would choose robots versus wrestlers. But the solution turns out to be not so clear-cut on 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS).

[Spoiler alert.]

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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'
(S05E21)
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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Alyson Hannigan Struggles With German Accent (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 14th 2010 5:15PM
Alyson Hannigan Ellen DeGeneresIn a game with Ellen DeGeneres on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) Alyson Hannigan did her best at a variety of accents, but when it came down to German, well, she had some difficulties.

The duo flew through a variety of accents from Brooklyn to Valley Girl, but impersonating a German person was Hannigan's downfall.

"Daaah, yahh, germ," Hannigan grunted. "Oh, stand in line!" Still, DeGeneres didn't get it, not that we fault her because we would've been as lost as she was if we didn't see the big card that said "German."

Watch the video after the jump.

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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'
(S05E19)
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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'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' - 'Of Course' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:45AM
Jennifer Lopez & Neil Patrick Harris, 'How I Met Your Mother'(S05E17) Let's see ... this week, we got Ted in the future telling his kids the story that Barney told a police officer after he'd been pulled out of the Hudson River. So did we get Barney's version of events, or the version Ted might remember from his own role?

I'm going with this being Barney's version of events, because it's the only way I can justify the way in which Ted described to Barney the "super-date." All in all, there were several moments that made me smile, but I wasn't laughing as hard as I usually do during an episode of 'How I Met Your Mother.'

However, I'll forgive the episode that because it did entertain me and more importantly-- it gave us all some much needed closure!

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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'
(S05E14)
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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