Articles for How I Met Your Mother Season 4

On tonight‘s season premiere of How I Met Your Mother, things picked right up where season 3 left off - with Ted proposing to Stella at the arcade.  He can‘t help but imagine all of the ways that she‘ll reject him but she surprises him with an emotional "Yes".  It‘s not that Marshall isn‘t happy for his buddy Ted, but it seems that he doesn‘t know his fiance very well.  He can‘t say what her hobbies are, what he favorite color is, or even what color her eyes are.  Ted is blindly in love and doesn‘t seem to care that he doesn‘t know Stella that well.  That is, until he cooks her dinner one night.  When he used peanuts as the secret ingredient to his pesto sauce, Stella falls right off of her chair, suffering a serious allergic reaction. Read more »
When BuddyTV visited the set of How I Met Your Mother this past Friday, we saw them film a wedding and a scene with a monkey throwing marshmallows. Needless to say, it‘s good to have this show back. How I Met Your Mother returns for season 4 tonight at 8:30pm on CBS, and BuddyTV went behind the scenes to see what‘s in store for the cast this year.Over the next few weeks, we‘ll bring you exclusive video interviews with Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor and even Sarah Chalke, who is returning for several episodes as Stella. They spoke about the new season, the big wedding coming in November, as well as the possible returns of Robin Sparkles and the Slap Bet. Read more »
How I Met Your Mother jumped into its fourth season quickly, not spending much time on past events, and propelled the plot forward rather than re-hashing events from season three.  Anyone tuning into How I Met Your Mother for the first time was likely lost (although, there was a lightning-fast summation of where each character was in life). Most of all, the premiere laid out two of the major plot lines that will permeate the fourth season – 1) Stella and Ted‘s evolving relationship and, 2) Barney‘s love-crush on Robin.  Since we‘re all friends here, and honesty is always the best policy, I‘ll lay it on the line – I like one of these story lines a whole lot more than the other. Read more »
How I Met Your Mother debuted to a surprisingly large audience on Monday for its fourth season premiere..  It‘s hard to know why.  The press coming into the season 4 premiere wasn‘t noticeable.  Still, it ended up beating it‘s lead-in The Big Bang Theory in total viewers and improved by almost a million viewers against the show‘s average last year.  How I Met Your Mother is a hot commodity in more ways than one.  Lifetime Network has purchased the rights to air re-runs of How I Met Your Mother for a reported $725,000 an episode.  Lifetime acquired the cable rights for Mother by out-bidding TBS, ABC Family, FX, and Comedy Central.  The purchase is the second most expensive ever in terms of a cable network buying the rights to a sitcom in its first cycle.  How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8:30pm on CBS. Read more »
Eric Braeden is best known for his role as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless.  Soon, however, the 67-year-old actor will not just be playing arguably the most powerful man in Genoa City as he heads to primetime TV.Read on to find out what‘s in store for Eric Braeden. Warning: May contain spoilers. Read more »
I may have thought that tonight’s burger-centered storyline on How I Met Your Mother was a tad ridiculous if not for one small fact. I can totally relate. My ex was obsessed with a giant burger sold at a Fuddrucker’s in our home state, that was almost 30 pounds and cost $250. Reservations had to be made at least 48 hours in advance and I’m pretty sure you’d have to bring everyone you ever knew to finish that baby off. We never did have that burger but boy, did we talk about it! Tonight, Wendy, the MacLarens waitress, let the gang know that there’s a new cook who makes the best burgers. Don’t tell Marshall about New York’s best burger. He knows all about it. He once had the greatest burger ever, 8 years ago, but has no idea where the place is. Read more »
There‘s this unfathomably great sandwich shop here in Seattle.  I go there nearly once a week, sometimes more, and I cannot have enough.  If, for some insane and convoluted reason, I had gone their once, eaten the best sandwich of my life (which is what they serve, to be clear), then forgotten where the shop was and was unable to find it again, I would flip out.  I would act exactly like Marshall did on last night‘s How I Met Your Mother.  Your level of enjoyment during How I Met Your Mother‘s second season four episode was likely predicated upon how highly you value a good sandwich.  You see – there are sandwich people and then there are people who hate food.  If you hate food, then last night‘s How I Met Your Mother probably wasn‘t up your alley. Read more »
If there’s one thing How I Met Your Mother got right on tonight’s episode, it’s that long distance relationships suck. We’ve all been there – driving way more than we want to, meeting somewhere in the middle, settling for emails and IMs, and never getting the time together that we deserve with our loved one. Such is the case for Ted, because Stella lives all the way in New Jersey. New Jersey, of all places! Everyone in New York City hates New Jersey. Hell, I’m from Connecticut and I hate it, too. Ted’s constantly missing out on everything, not only with his friends in Manhattan, but Stella in Jersey as well. She invites his friends to take a trip across the river to hang out at her house for the night and things don’t go as well as everyone had hoped. Read more »
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, creators and show runners of How I Met Your Mother, have based their show in reality.  Since it is TV, the characters on How I Met Your Mother have really cool jobs, live in apartments far bigger than reality would dictate, and are probably better looking than anybody you or I know.  But when you wrestle past all that superfluous stuff, all the TV-embellished day-to-day aspects of the series, there is a basis in truth that few other shows come close to capturing.  How I Met Your Mother touches on what it‘s like to be in your twenties, and the issues that inevitably arise as you make that slow death march to your thirtieth birthday.  Last night, How I Met Your Mother dealt with the issue of moving out of town, the toll it takes, and the eventuality of your friends taking the plunge.  Read more »
Is there anything worse than finding out that your friends hate something about you while you remained oblivious to the whole thing?  Good thing on How I Met Your Mother, there‘s interventions.  Their first intervention came when they attended their friend Stuart‘s birthday party, which actually ended up being a meeting to get him to quit drinking.  Ted and his friends took it from there, staging interventions every time they didn‘t like something someone in the group did from Marshall wearing a tall hat to Lily‘s fake British accent to Robin‘s spray tan obsession.  None were ever too serious though, until the day that Ted came across an intervention banner and letter addressed to him, regarding his friends‘ strong feelings that he shouldn‘t rush into marriage with Stella. Read more »
Change is inevitable, but not necessarily desirable.  I think this is what How I Met Your Mother was trying to say last night.  How I Met Your Mother doesn‘t ram messages down its viewers throats very often.  Instead, the writers like to bring up issues, dilemmas that the common person in their twenties might face, and leave it in an ambiguous manner.  The group of friends are on the brink of major changes.  At the last second, these changes become too much.  Nostalgia kicks in, and the long-established comfort zones of Ted, Marshall, Lilly and Robin instantly become more desirable than the great unknown of change.  It takes Barney‘s old man make-up to kick Ted out of his momentary fear of change, but the question remains: Is change really all that it‘s cracked up to be? Read more »
<<PREVIOUS | NEXT>> Suit up! It’s Barney Stinson’s call to action, a commandment he lives by. In today’s age of the GAP, casual Friday has become every day and men are content to wear jeans or khakis for a night out on the town.But not Barney. He respects himself and the power of the suit. He knows what he wants and how to get it, and step one is to always wear a suit. Whether you’re going out for some drinks or posing as an old man from the future, Barney teaches all of us that the trick to leading a successful life is by wearing a suit. Read more »
There‘s a big wedding on tonight‘s brand-new How I Met Your Mother, airing at 8:30pm on CBS. Planned for Stella‘s sister, the wedding hits a snag three days before the ceremony when her fiancé leaves her. With a huge wedding planned and paid for, Ted and Stella make the impulsive decision to tie the knot themselves, giving them just three days to get everything in order.BuddyTV visited the set of How I Met Your Mother during this very special episode and got an inside look at what‘s in store for tonight‘s episode. Aside from the wedding, this episode also marks the beginning of Robin‘s new job in Japan, which involves a monkey. Continue reading for more details about tonight‘s episode and to watch some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. Read more »
Things are progressing quickly this season on How I Met Your Mother, but not as quickly as Ted‘s relationship with Stella.  If people thought he jumped the gun by proposing to her without really knowing her all that well, then they were floored when the two decided to plan a wedding in just 3 days.  Stella‘s dream wedding idea was stolen by her sister but when their relationship ended abruptly, Ted and his fiance decided to jump at the opportunity to have everything they wanted.  Unfortunately, the presence of exes threatens to ruin their perfect day.  In the year 2030, Ted teaches his children one important lesson: never invite your ex to your wedding and boy, was he right. Read more »
I guess we‘ll see you around, Sarah Chalke.  That was an abrupt sign-off.  How I Met Your Mother is a show whose plotting and story structure I generally praise without shame, but I have to take slight umbrage with how Bays and Thomas opted to wrap up The Ballad of Stella and Ted.  There was simply way too much story in last night‘s episode than twenty-two minutes can reasonably hold.  How I Met Your Mother did the best it could in that accelerated time frame, generating laughs amidst the necessary dramatic beats.  Yet, at the end, my most pressing thought was that this needed to be an hour-long episode.  The "wedding episode" always needs to take its time and, while I suppose there was no actual wedding to film, there was more than enough material to make it a two-parter. Read more »
As reported previously, Genoa‘s most powerful man will make a stab at comedy as The Young and the Restless‘ Eric Braeden guest stars on How I Met Your Mother.  This may seem like a huge departure from playing the infamous Victor Newman on daytime TV but the 67-year-old says that‘s not the case.In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Braeden shares his experience while filming How I Met Your Mother, and how it compares to his work on The Young and the Restless. Read more »
It looks like we‘ll be adding one more actress to the recent baby bump brigade. Following the rampant rumors of Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Lynn Spears‘ pregnancies, People.com reported this morning that Alyson Hannigan is pregnant. Alyson, 34, and husband Alexis Denisof, 42, announced that they are expecting their first child this spring.Currently, Alyson Hannigan stars as Lily Aldrin on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Jason Segel plays her TV husband, Marshall Erikson. I consider Lily and Marshall television‘s best couple and Hannigan‘s pregnancy might mean a pregnancy for Lily. In general, I‘m not a fan of babies on TV, but Lily and Marshall have always wanted to start a family. I‘m really not sure how I feel about it. I‘m like Natalie Imbrulia: Torn. There‘s no news yet on how Hannigan‘s pregnancy might affect the fourth season. Read more »
Alyson Hannigan recently announced that she is pregnant with her first child.  She is set to give birth sometime next Spring.  Hannigan‘s character on How I Met Your Mother, Lily, is happily married and without children.  The opportunity to incorporate Lily‘s pregnancy into How I Met Your Mother is right there, ready for the writers to take advantage of.  But – will they?  Should they?  Depending upon how open Hannigan has been to Carter Bays and Craig Thomas about her pregnancy, How I Met Your Mother might already be in the process of working it into the show.  Hannigan may have told producers weeks ago that she was pregnant.  Working around actress pregnancies has been done before on television (Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Seinfeld, Angela Kinsey on The Office), but it can be a pain and limit what that actress can do on screen.  A difficult question for How I Met Your Mother lies ahead. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted is convinced that he‘s able to move on from being dumped on his wedding day, just 24 hours after it happened.  His friends try several ways to cheer him up, but he insists that he‘s fine and doesn‘t need anyone getting him through this tough time.  Lily finally snaps and tells Ted that he‘s pissing them off because he is refusing to accept their help.  When it‘s time to find a place to eat, it seems that just about everywhere in Manhattan is unacceptable, since each restaurant is in close proximity to somewhere Stella may or may not show up.  Is Ted avoiding Stella?  Absolutely. Read more »
Even if you don‘t watch The Hills, you still probably know about Spencer and Heidi.  Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are their full names, but that‘s probably more information that you could ever want to know about those two.  From everything I‘ve read and seen, they are abominable human beings, the likes of which are wholly undeserving of the middling fame they have acquired.  Spencer, especially, is as annoying and frustrating a presence as you can find.  It‘s one thing to proudly rock a flesh-colored beard, but to go on Oprah and proclaim that you‘d like to name your non-existent adopted African baby “Dunk” is an entirely different level of scumbaggery.  Anyway, The Hills “stars” are rumored to be making an upcoming guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother.   Read more »
The Bro Code is a sacred thing to some.  To others, it is a set of guidelines that can be tossed aside to suit their desires.  However, there is something to be said for the morality involved with Barney Stinson‘s stringent set of bro-cient (I made this word up just now – feel free to give it whatever meaning you see fit) rules that have been featured on How I Met Your Mother.  These rules allow for much leeway in how one acts.  You can be as promiscuous as you deem necessary, but there are certain absolutes, certain boundaries that simply must not be crossed.  If you strictly adhere to The Bro Code, everything else should fall into place, no matter how depraved your life may seem.  Barney Stinson can attest to this, and he wants you to know the full extent of The Bro Code.  Thankfully for you, The Bro Code is now available for purchase, either in paperback or in audio form (read by Neil Patrick Harris himself). Read more »
To have kids or not to have kids.  That is the question on tonight‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother.  At the bar, all Barney‘s looking for is a good girl to sleep with (but what else is new).    His friends point out a hot group of friends sharing some drinks but Barney dismisses them, calling it the Cheerleader Effect.  What is the Cheerleader Effect, you ask?  Well, it‘s when women appear hot but only as a group, not individually.  The minute you start pulling them out of the group, their flaws are too horrible to ignore.  Barney receives a phone call, presumably for a late night hookup.  It turns out though, that the hookup has already taken place and it seems that Barney may about to become a father! Read more »
The old kids question.  Funny how this came up so soon after Alyson Hannigan‘s announcement that she was pregnant in real life.  Typically, How I Met Your Mother speaks to me.  The characters deal with universal issues for people in their twenties, but last night it was beyond me.  The kids question has not come up.  None of my friends have kids, nor are planning on such a thing.  But, I imagine that last night‘s How I Met Your Mother was a fairly accurate depiction of how people of that age have such disparate reactions to the kid question at first.  But, then, the simple biological desire for progeny emerges.  It‘s how we‘re wired as animals, and you can‘t help but love Robin and Barney‘s development over the episode, fighting that urge as hard as they could, then falling victim to that desire despite themselves. Read more »
Kim Kardashian is famous for reasons beyond comprehension.  But, that‘s not really the point these days, is it?  Once you become a famous tabloid subject, you can have your own reality show, and then you keep on being a tabloid favorite.  Kardashian doesn‘t do much of anything, but she will be making an appearance on an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother, a series that has already plumbed the depths of tabloid celebrity cameos this season by bringing in Heidi and Spencer from The Hills for a guest spot on the CBS comedy.  Kim Kardashian doesn‘t have much acting experience, but she‘ll be playing something that she can relate to – a talking gossip magazine.  With last year‘s Britney Spears guest role and the announcements of Kardashian and Speidi‘s cameos, I get the distinct feeling that the How I Met Your Mother team is doing their best to make Joel McHale‘s brain explode.  Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother, Robin is feeling slightly alone since she‘s rollin‘ without a job or a boyfriend.  She looks to Lily for a little girl time, but she‘s busy with work and Marshall, who never seems to leave them alone when they‘re trying to have a conversation.  Robin tries to talk in code but Marshall is all too familiar with girl speak. Barney tries to get Ted a job designing the new Goliath National Bank building, instead of rival architect firm, Sven.  All Ted wants is to contribute a building to the New York skyline so this is a huge opportunity for him, should be able to land the job. Read more »
I know a Woo girl.  She‘s not depressed or anything, though – just tends to get a little rowdy on the weekends.  I have, however, witnessed the Woo Girl herd in the wild many times, and it is a phenomenon that is difficult to ascertain.  Where do they come from?  Why do they exist?  There is a herd mentality that How I Met Your Mother alluded to last night that is key to understanding the movements and characteristics of the Woo Girl.  They gain both their power and their profound stupidity in their numbers.  It‘s typical lowest-common-denominator stuff.  Everyone in the group devolves and acts like the dumbest person there.  If there was a low point on last night‘s mostly great episode of How I Met Your Mother, it was seeing Robin as a Woo Girl.  Didn‘t think she had it in her.  Read more »
Though some people might remember “Ten Sessions” as the episode of How I Met Your Mother with Britney Spears, true fans recall it as the first time they saw Sarah Chalke as potential Mother Stella. Chalke, more famous for her work on Scrubs and as the second Becky on Roseanne, has infused the cast of How I Met Your Mother with a very special energy, especially when it comes to co-star Josh Radnor,BuddyTV spoke to Radnor and Chalke during our visit to the set of How I Met Your Mother. Aside from their effortless chemistry, we also got to watch them film a scene from next week‘s very special wedding episode that‘s sure to include more than one surprise. Continue reading to watch our exclusive video interview.SPOILER WARNING: This interview contains plot details about next week‘s episode. Read more »
The progression of Cobie Smulders‘ character on How I Met Your Mother is astonishing. In the beginning, she was Ted‘s rather bland new girlfriend, but over the course of the first three seasons, Robin morphed into one of the show‘s most reliably funny characters, with her Canadian heritage and desperate attempts to fit in.BuddyTV recently visited the set of How I Met Your Mother and sat down with Smulders to talk about season 4. She talked about Canada, the Robin-Barney relationship, and the likelihood of yet another Robin Sparkles music video. Continue reading for the highlights and to watch our exclusive video interview. Read more »
Tonight, on How I Met Your Mother, Ted gets different advice on how long it takes to get over a relationship. Lily says half the length of the entire relationship, Marshall says one week for every month you were together, Robin says 10,000 drinks, and Barney says the amount of steps to get out the door.  I think Marshall probably has the best idea.  Ted finds that he starts to forget about his last relationship the minute he meets the woman that will help him get over it.  Her name is Vicky and she‘s been sharing elevator rides with him in recent times.  He finally works up the nerve to ask her out (after blabbering on about being left at the altar and checking out old ladies) and miraculously, she still says yes! Read more »
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the creators and executive producers of How I Met Your Mother, based a number of the show‘s early story-lines on their own past experiences.  That can only last so long, because you only have so much past to draw on.  Last night‘s episode featured The Naked Man, a completely insane first date move that is so bizarre that it had to come from somebody‘s real life.  I can‘t imagine the How I Met Your Mother writers‘ room summoning The Naked Man out of the ether.  One of those writers either was The Naked Man or knew someone who was.  And, just like all of our favorite How I Met Your Mother characters, I stand in awe of Naked Man and all he represents.  Courage, glory, triumph – the Naked Man knows you well.  Read more »
We’ve been with How I Met Your Mother for a while now, and up to this moment we still don’t have an idea who the “mother” the title refers to is.  (I actually end up thinking sometimes that the actual mother has yet to be cast, or won’t ever be cast at all.  But that’s just me.)  Off-character, though, it’s a different story: we’ve long known that Alyson Hannigan is pregnant with her first child with actor Alexis Denisof.All of a sudden, you can say that it runs down the television show.  The other female star of the CBS sitcom, Cobie Smulders, has also recently announced that she is expecting her first child, with husband Taran Killam.  Also a comedian in his own right, he’s appeared in sketch shows such as MADtv but has also made a guest appearance on HIMYM, as Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) co-worker turned janitor Blauman. Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted deals with the neverending pity party that has been following him since he was left at the altar.  We‘re introduced to a bartender at MacLaren‘s named Doug.  Here‘s what you need to know about him: he‘s violent, he‘s weird about his hair, and he‘s very loyal to his regulars.  One of Doug‘s main job duties is to kick people out of the booth that Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily, and Marshall always sit in.  When he kicks the wrong group of guys of their booth, they challenge Doug to a fight and he volunteers Barney, Ted, and Marshall to join him out in the alley.  Say what now? Read more »
For a moment, you probably thought that Britney Spears‘ first appearance on How I Met Your Mother would be the last of its big-attention turns on the wider collective.  Yes, Britney‘s the quintessential big celebrity gone wrong, and her appearance on the CBS sitcom somehow marked her auspicious return to the I‘ll-get-this-right fore.  And, it gave the show big ratings when that episode aired in March this year, giving it 10.64 million viewers, which is no joke on a Monday night populated with high-performance fare.  Who would‘ve thought that they‘ll get back to it?Monday night‘s episode, entitled “The Fight”, gave the show its biggest number of viewers since that episode where Spears played love-struck receptionist Abby.  Official overnights showed the comedy take in 10.49 million viewers—just a tiny difference with the earlier episode, but still significant considering that it‘s surrounded by the Peanuts holiday special and the series finale of Boston Legal on ABC, and an underperforming Chuck and Heroes on NBC.  CBS couldn‘t be any prouder, giving much play to HIMYM‘s performance as it extolled the good ratings its Monday night comedy block. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted‘s sister, Heather, makes a trip to New York to visit.  Ted only has one mission: make sure that Barney doesn‘t meet her so that he can keep them from sleeping together.  Each Christmas, when Ted‘s family sends out their usual holiday card, Barney sings Christmas songs about how he wants to get with his sister.  Any guy would be protective!  Unfortunately for Ted, Barney crashes their plans, after Lily spills the beans, and finally gets to meet Heather.  He‘s offended that Ted would intentionally keep Heather from him and doesn‘t trust him enough with his sister.  Feeling guilty, Ted agrees to include Barney in his plans while his sister is in town. Read more »
Last year‘s Saturday Night Live may have been all about Tina Fey but Neil Patrick Harris may just steal the show in 2009.  The 35-year-old comedian will be ringing in the New Year as the host of the NBC sketch variety show scheduled to air this Saturday, January 10.Harris‘ prominent roles in his career include the title character of Doogie Howser, M.D., Col. Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, Dr. Horrible of the web series Dr. Horrible‘s Sing-Along Blog, the fictionalized version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequel Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and his current work as the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother.  On the CBS sitcom, he recently earned a 2009 Golden Globe nomination and two consecutive Emmy award nominations.  He was also named one of the “Entertainers of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly.  Read more »
I‘ve been a fan of How I Met Your Mother since the beginning of the series.  The show has established a level of unpredictability not usually found in comedies and has managed to effectively blend well-crafted stories with clever dialog.  How I Met Your Mother has also posed a lot of questions and like most fans out there, I‘m also curious to find out who the mother of Ted‘s children will turn out to be, a mystery that will gradually unfold through the season and possibly beyond.  However, there‘s another mystery I‘d like to get to the bottom of and it‘s all about the ambiguity surrounding Barney Stinson‘s (Neil Patrick Harris) job.Lily‘s (Alyson Hannigan) a kindergarten teacher, Ted‘s (Josh Radnor) an architect, Robin‘s (Cobie Smulders) a news reporter, and Marshall‘s (Jason Segel) a lawyer.  Barney‘s occupation, on the other hand, has not been fully specified throughout the show.  I watched "Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M." again and noticed that on Lily‘s Career Day for her kindergarten class, in which Robin and Barney also participated, Barney‘s job is the only one not mentioned on the chalk board. Instead, “not the purple one” was written behind his name. Read more »
Now being a “shipper” is a very serious thing. I mean, as your characters fall in love, you do too. 2008 was full of great television relationships. We had to narrow it down to a lucky 20 for BuddyTV users to choose from.Any shipper fanatic knows their “ship” inside and out. I, for one, will always be a LoVe shipper. That is - Logan and Veronica of Veronica Mars. 2008 saw the development of new ships, the crumble of others, and the long lasting tension of our older ships. Overall, it‘s been a great year for most shippers.The competition will be fierce as there are a lot of fans out there. When we did our “Which One Tree Hill Couple is Best” showdown, Brook and Lucas pulled out the win from underneath Leyton and Naley fans. MiSa (Michael and Sara from Prison Break) fans have been known to be a powerful force. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:Robin and Ted discover that they get along better as roommates if they become ‘friends with benefits,‘ on How I Met Your Mother, MONDAY, JANUARY 12.Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (The Hills), Play Playmate Kendra Wilkinson (The Girls Next Door) and Kim Kardashian (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) Guest Star Read more »
On the last episode of How I Met Your Mother, roommates Ted and Robin agreed to be “friends with benefits” in order to deal with the conflicts they‘re having around the apartment.  Meanwhile, Barney tried to resolve the issues so they‘d stop hooking up, and people from the reality realm appeared before Marshall, including Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of The Hills, Kendra Wilkinson of The Girls Next Door, and Kim Kardashian of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.  Also, Lily helped Barney work out rage issues.In other news, the actors of How I Met Your Mother are thanking their lucky stars for the increasing fan base and huge syndication sales as Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan recently inked a new contract with 20th Century Fox TV to hike up their per episode paycheck and add an extra year to their original seven-year deals. Read more »
Tee hee! I‘ve always wanted to use the word "poop" in a headline. Be forewarned, gentle reader. There will be much mention of poop in the upcoming article.How I Met Your Mother always brings us true-to-life stories, wrapped up in 22 minutes of pure joy. This week‘s episode, "Benefits," brought us two issues that are very different than each other, but which are both so universally important as we each navigate through life as best we can. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:The gang refuses to let a blizzard ruin their rituals of having fun on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, January 19. Read more »
So far, the fourth season of How I Met Your Mother has given us a lot to laugh about.  From Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) contemplating having a baby, Robin (Cobie Smulders) becoming Ted‘s (Josh Radnor) roommate to Barney‘s (Neil Patrick Harris) failed attempts to tell Robin he loves her.  Soon, however, the show will be returning its focus on Ted‘s love life when Laura Prepon guest stars as Ted‘s love interest. Perhaps best known for her role as Donna Pinciotti, longtime girlfriend of next-door neighbor, Eric Forman on That ‘70s Show, Laura Prepon has signed on to play Ted‘s once (and possibly future) girlfriend.  Following That ‘70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006, Prepon worked on movie The Chosen One and then returned to the small screen to join the cast of the ABC drama October Road, which was eventually canceled by the network shortly after its debut.  No word yet on when she‘ll be making her debut on the CBS sitcom but it has been confirmed that she‘ll be appearing in at least five episodes. Read more »
Last night‘s How I Met Your Mother episode, “Three Days of Snow,” demonstrated how truly superior this show is to all other sitcoms on the air. It was an incredibly clever reveal when we found out that all of the events that took place during the episode occurred over the three days of the Blizzard of ‘09. The writers are able to manipulate the timeline of each of the episodes as easily and masterfully as cute things falling asleep can turn my stone cold heart into mush, but for me, the incredibly adorable and telegenic devotion that Marshmallow and Lilypad have for each other was the best part. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother gave viewers a hefty serving of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel).  While I found the episode cute and interesting, it didn‘t really put the spotlight on my two favorite characters: Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders). Ever since Robin became Barney‘s wingman in "Zip, Zip, Zip," I‘ve been rooting for these two characters to hookup.  From suiting up, hanging at cigar bars to playing laser tag, Robin and Barney seem destined to be a great couple.  Don‘t get me wrong. I like seeing Ted and Robin whenever they rekindle their romance.  But there‘s nothing more I‘d rather enjoy than the unique chemistry between the show‘s womanizer and the Canadian tomboy. Read more »
I‘ve been a fan of How I Met Your Mother since the beginning and somehow, I can‘t help but pay attention to what other fans think of the show now that it has gone far beyond being just a mid-season replacement. Had it not been picked up for a second season, the show could have easily become a pretty good single-season.  But the series has easy-to-fall-in-love-with characters and a premise that makes viewers even more hooked.  It might as well be the longest TV flashback in history.But with the cast of How I Met Your Mother signing on for at least season 7, it will surely take a long time before Ted finds “the one,” which is something that might send the show in different yet pointless directions. Read more »
Barney‘s (Neil Patrick Harris) mother has been featured in a bunch of flashbacks but her face was never really shown.  Soon, however, fans will finally meet the woman who gave birth to the show‘s resident womanizer.  According to TV Guide, How I Met Your Mother has enlisted Frances Conroy to fill in the much anticipated role. Best known for her remarkable performance as family matriarch Ruth Fisher on HBO‘s Six Feet Under, Frances Conroy has earned four Emmy Award nominations and won a a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.  She is also credited for her roles on Desperate Housewives as a wealthy widowed socialite whose life is entangled with Gabrielle and Carlos Solis‘ family, and the romantic comedy flick New in Town.  Read more »
While her character on How I Met Your Mother can be described as “one of the boys,” the alter ego of Robin Scherbatsky is probably feeling more feminine than ever as she revealed to People that she is engaged.Cobie Smulders, 26, says her boyfriend, actor Taran Killam, popped the question over the holidays.  The couple are expecting their first baby this spring.  Not to disappoint fans, though, but the couple‘s not really too keen on a wedding just yet. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:The gang tries to help Robin find a job so that she won‘t be deported on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, February 2. Read more »
Nowadays, it‘s difficult to find a job you actually enjoy and love but it‘s even harder when you‘re competing with hundreds or thousands of other job seekers.  The competition is indeed fierce but having an “awesome” resume might just be what you need to gain that edge factor – that‘s according to Barney, who believes that corporate America wants people who seem like bold risk takers but never actually do anything. The problem with resumes is that people tend to put unnecessary (or sometimes inaccurate) information that should be avoided, and there seems to be a never-ending discussion on what you should and shouldn‘t include.  Luckily, this week‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother focused on that popular self-promotional tool. Read more »
Who will Ted end up with?  That‘s a mystery that will only be resolved when How I Met Your Mother wraps up a couple of years from now but that doesn‘t mean that the cast of the hit CBS sitcom can‘t say who they are rooting for.  In an interview with CBS station KCBS-TV‘s Jenn McBride, Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin), Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson), Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby) and Jason Segel (Marshall Erikson) revealed their ideas on the mother of Ted‘s children. Hannigan, who plays a kindergarten teacher and wife of Marshall, is rooting for Jennifer Aniston, actress who rocketed to fame for her role as Rachel on Friends.  While it would be interesting to see “a stellar combination of two of the best comedies of all time,” that‘s not what Harris wants for his on-screen wingman.  In true Barney Stinson-style, Harris is proposing that Ted would end up with an adult film star such as Jenna Jameson. Read more »
Due to President Obama‘s live address to the nation on Monday, we didn‘t get to see a new episode of How I Met Your Mother earlier this week.  And unfortunately, we won‘t be able to watch a new installment next week either.  At any rate, I‘ve decided to put the spot light on Barney‘s winning philosophies and theories following his attempt to create Robin‘s video resume and for successfully landing her a job, which basically validates his belief that corporate America wants people who seem like bold risk takers but never actually do anything.As a man who "likes to create crazy situations and then sit back and watch it all go down," Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has always been daring enough to voice his unsolicited opinions to his friends no matter how irrational or ridiculous it may sound.  Seeing that there‘s no new episodes, I‘ve decided to watch some reruns of How I Met Your Mother and gathered a few of my favorite Barney philosophies. Read more »
We‘ve been How I Met Your Mother-less for the past two weeks (last week‘s episode was preempted due to President Obama‘s press conference), and we‘re not going to get another one for two more weeks, when “The Stinsons” airs on Monday, March 2.This dearth in How I Met Your Mother is decidedly un-awesome, and leaves us all with an empty hole in our hearts. There is sadness in all the land, but thankfully, the last new episode that aired, “The Possimpible” provided so much great material that I, for one, am still talking about it. Here‘s the quick and dirty recap of the episode: Robin (Cobie Smulders) is going to get deported if she doesn‘t find a new job in five days. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) helps her with her video resume, while the rest of the gang decides that their own CVs deserve a quick editing too. Read more »
It‘s unfortunate that we‘ve only seen three new episodes of How I Met Your Mother since the year began.  But it‘s even more depressing to think that we still have to wait until March 2 before a new episode airs.  To ease the wait, I‘ve decided to brood over what would make the show even better than it already is.  I‘ve come up with four things I‘d like to see more on the show.  You can add yours in the comments below! Read more »
When How I Met Your Mother returns with new episodes, we will finally get a glimpse of Robin Scherbatsky‘s (Cobie Smulders) new gig as a daytime host at Channel 12, thanks to Barney‘s (Neil Patrick Harris) awesome video resume which ultimately landed Robin the job.  Robin‘s workplace has never really fallen short of good comedy and odd antics so I‘m excited to see what‘s in store for her.  But whether or not her new occupation is better than her old job still remains to be seen.  Unfortunately, fans suffering from severe How I Met Your Mother withdrawal will still have to endure a couple more days of waiting before CBS airs the highly anticipated episode, “The Stinsons.”  In the meantime, I‘ve gathered some of Robin‘s most memorable coverage as a reporter for minor cable news channel, Metro News 1. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:After the gang notices Barney‘s bizarre behavior, they suspect he has a secret girlfriend on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, March 2. Golden Globe Award winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) guest stars as Barney‘s mother. Read more »
With the cast of How I Met Your Mother signing on for at least three more seasons, it appears that we will have to wait a long time before we learn the identity of the mother of Ted‘s children. While that might send the show in different and pointless directions, series co-creator Carter Bays assures fans that the series is getting back to its primary roots. "At the end of the season, we will address the title of our show," Bays revealed to Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello, adding that the last four episodes will feature "big events in the lives of our characters -- specifically Ted [Josh Radnor].  We‘re going to wrap up some things that have been left dangling." Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:Lily and Marshall are less than thrilled when Ted reunites with his pompous ex-girlfriend from college, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, March 9.Laura Prepon (That ‘70s Show) guest stars as Karen, Ted‘s ex-girlfriend. Read more »
How I Met Your Mother co-creator Carter Bays tells TVGuide.com that Glover will drop by the series “in an interesting way.”  Bays adds that more guest castings are on the horizon for How I Met Your Mother as it wraps up its fourth season.  He assures fans that they will "see some old favorites come back — people that you haven‘t seen in a while — which will be fun." More importantly, however, the HIMYM co-creator hints that a certain “cool surprise” may catch fans off-guard as the oft-mentioned, almost mythical “mother” might just be lurking in the shadows. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:When Karen finds another woman‘s earring in Ted‘s bed, he discovers that Lily planted it there on purpose, and that she secretly meddled in some of his previous relationships as well, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, March 16 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. How I Met Your Mother stars Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. Read more »
How good was last night‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother, “The Front Porch”? The previous two episodes really haven‘t been that good, so I was overjoyed that my beloved sitcom has returned to its high quality and big laughs.There was a whole bunch of stuff going on all at once in “The Front Porch.” The three main focuses were on Ted (Josh Radnor) reuniting with his high school sweetheart, Karen, much to Marshall and Lily‘s dismay, Robin requesting that her friends take an interest in her new job as host of a morning show, and Marshall converting Barney to the wonders of nightgowns, with interstitial bits of Future Ted, Future Marshall and Future Lily. It‘s always fun to see them as old folks. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:After Goliath National Bank cancels plans to build their headquarters, Ted was hired to design, Marshall and Barney come up with a lie to protect Ted from finding out that he is out of a job, on How I Met Your Mother, at a special time, Monday, March 23, 8:00-8:30 pm, ET/PT. "Old King Clancy" -  When Goliath National Bank cancels plans to build their new headquarters that Ted was hired to design, Barney and Marshall concoct an elaborate lie to keep Ted from knowing he is out of a job, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, March 23 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.“Old King Clancy” will air from 8:00-8:30pmFollowed up by a rebroadcast of:03/23/09 - “The Bracket”How I Met Your Mother stars Josh Radnor as Ted, Jason Segel as Marshall, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney, Alyson Hannigan as Lily, and Cobie Smulders as Robin. Read more »
Aynsley Bubbico is an actress who is perhaps most noted for her role as Laura on Greek.  But if you saw Monday night‘s “Old King Clancy” broadcast of How I Met Your Mother, then you‘d probably remember her as Maya.  If that name still doesn‘t ring a bell, she‘s the girl Ted (Josh Radnor) tried to hit on at the elevator.  She also told him that the new GNB project he was working on was already scrapped.  According to IMDB, fans will be seeing her again as she resurfaces on the CBS sitcom sometime in May. While that doesn‘t seem too much of a big deal, I stumbled upon an interesting article on New York Magazine which ponders on the possibility that Maya may be the mother of Ted‘s children. Read more »
The folks behind How I Met Your Mother are geniuses when it comes to creating online material to complement the show. Off the top of my head, I can think of SlapCountDown.com, TedMosbyIsAJerk.com, BarneysVideoResume.com and MysteriousDrX.com. Let‘s add to that CanadianSexActs.org. There was a lot of discussion in this week‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother, entitled “Old King Clancy,” about Robin‘s (Cobie Smulders) sexual past. She tells the gang at McLaren‘s about the time she was lured back to the apartment of a Canadian-born celebrity with the promise of viewing his unique collectibles, but she was immediately turned off when he wanted her to perform a strange Canadian sex act. You don‘t know any Canadian sex acts, you say? Never fear: CanadianSexActs.org is a great resource for finding out about how the good people up North knock boots. Remember, it‘s a .org site. It‘s not-for-profit. “They really just want to get the information out there,” according to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Read more »
From CBS‘s official press release:When Ted makes a list of things he says the gang is too old to do, Barney tries to complete everything on the list in one day, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, March 30.When Barney hears that Ted has made a list of things he feels the gang is too old to do, he attempts to complete every task on the list within 24 hours to prove Ted wrong, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, March 30 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. How I Met Your Mother stars Josh Radnor as Ted, Jason Segel as Marshall, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney, Alyson Hannigan as Lily, and Cobie Smulders as Robin. Read more »
It‘s a girl!Alyson Hannigan, who plays the adorable but oft foul-mouthed Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother, gave birth to a daughter on March 24, which also happens to be Hannigan‘s birthday.Hannigan, 35, and her husband Alexis Denisof, 43, named their new baby girl Satyana Denisof.  Satyana is their first child. Read more »
Last week, How I Met Your Mother gave us “Murtaugh,” a standalone episode without the continuing storyline of the show’s early seasons though it had the quintessence of the sitcom’s absurdity and humor.  It was actually refreshing to enjoy a half-hour of gags that send you back down memory lane – to the crazy things you once did in your life, which you’d probably never do again.  Perhaps you threw a house party and got really drunk on a school night or agreed to take a dare to get chased around by the school guard for not wearing the proper dress code? Or maybe you broke some school rules and even played a prank on one of your professors? Read more »
Over the summer, Jason Segel made the leap from brilliant supporting actor in woefully underrated TV shows to major movie star, but that doesn‘t mean he‘s ready to leave the small screen for good. Despite finding film success with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Segel is back at How I Met Your Mother and loving every minute of it.BuddyTV spoke to Segel during our How I Met Your Mother set visit about Marshall‘s new direction this season, Segel‘s film career, the final two slaps, and eating a whole lot of mayonnaise. Continue reading for more details and to watch our exclusive video interview with Jason Segel.  Read more »
From CBS’ official press release:Ted starts his own architecture firm out of his apartment and hires an intern to help get the company up and running, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, April 13. Read more »
The imminent Barney-and-Robin pairing reached new heights in last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother.  Robin and Barney didn’t get together yet but after waiting for several months for Barney to charmingly yet subtly pursue Robin, it was nice to see Barney step it up and proclaim his love for the greatest woman on the planet – well, sort of. There were many things going on in "Mosbius Designs."  The episode saw Ted (Josh Radnor) starting his own architecture firm out of his apartment and hiring PJ as his intern to help him get the company up and running.  But pursuing Ted’s lifelong dream proved to be challenging especially when PJ starts dating Robin, much to the dismay of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris).  It’s funny how Barney easily freaks out when it comes to Robin (Cobie Smulders) and last night’s installment was no exception. Read more »
Last week, How I Met Your Mother gave us a-not-so-exceptional but still strikingly funny installment. We saw Ted (Josh Radnor) starting his own architecture firm out of his apartment - thus the title of the episode "Mosbius Designs." We also saw Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) as he came clean to Marshall about his feelings for Robin (Cobie Smulders), while Marshall (Jason Segel) learned that keeping his job has nothing to do with hard work.  Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:Marshall and Barney play a joke on Ted and pretend to be a girl that he is having a "text" relationship with, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, April 27.Soap Opera Digest Award-Winning Actress Rebecca Budig (All My Children) guest stars as Ted‘s love interest. Read more »
It‘s been two weeks since we last enjoyed a new episode of How I Met Your Mother but last night‘s installment made up for the show‘s absence one way or another. As always, Barney‘s (Neil Patrick Harris) monologues gave a comical touch to the rules on when it‘s acceptable to call someone you‘re interested in whom you just met, while Robin (Cobie Smulders), who continuously pulls off being funny and sexy at the same time, adorned the episode with her bad jokes.  Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:Ted learns how a chance meeting with someone from his past can push a person toward their destiny, while Barney celebrates a milestone, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, May 4. Read more »
...not Stella! At least that‘s what I‘m hoping for and what I‘m inclined to believe. When I saw Sarah Chalke at the end of "Right Place Right Time," it took me by surprise since I was never really fond of the Ted-and-Stella pairing. Sure, Ted (Josh Radnor) and Stella have good chemistry and I adore Chalke, but I kind of lost interest in the couple seeing that the How I Met Your Mother has continuously tried to keep them apart by showing us how much incompatible they are. (The last straw was when Stella dumped Ted on their wedding day and reunited with her ex-husband, eventually giving Ted some sort of closure.)  Read more »
Monday‘s night‘s broadcast of How I Met Your Mother has certainly got a lot of fans talking about one thing: Is Stella the mother? Personally, I don‘t think she‘s the mother of Ted‘s children even though she was the mystery woman in the "Right Place Right Time." But there are those who are leaning towards the idea that she may be the one. We won‘t know for sure until the end of the series but executive producer Carter Bays has given hints on why she brought back Sarah Chalke‘s Stella and the future direction of How I Met Your Mother. Warning: This article may contain spoilers!!! Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:Ted‘s ex and her new fiancé walk back into Ted‘s life, on How I Met Your Mother, Monday, May 11. Sarah Chalke returns as Stella, Ted‘s ex-fiance. Jason Jones returns as Tony, Stella‘s current fiance. Read more »
Love cannot be rushed. That‘s basically what last night‘s episode of How I Met Your Mother tried to put across when Ted (Josh Radnor) admitted to being tired of waiting for "the one." In a way, fans share Ted‘s sentiment when it comes to the main plot of the show. Luckily, Stella (Sarah Chalke) returned to reassure Ted, as well as viewers, that "she‘s on her way -- and she‘s getting here as fast as she can.""As Fast as She Can" wasn‘t the best episode of How I Met Your Mother but it did resolve some "mother" issues and served as a good platform for next week‘s finale.  It also marked the return of Lily (Alyson Hannigan), who went missing for a couple of episodes due a peanut butter and jam joke Barney made in "Mosbius Designs." If you missed it, here are the highlights: Read more »
Neil Patrick Harris has recently flaunted his hosting flair at the TV Land Awards where a stunt set his tuxedo on fire, hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this year and continuously charms viewers as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Soon, however, the 35-year-old actor will add yet another hosting gig to his resume.After tapping Whoopi Goldberg and Hugh Jackman to host in recent years, the organizers of the Tony Awards have chosen the How I Met Your Mother star as the host for this year‘s event. Harris, who has deeper roots in the theater, will bring an insider‘s eye to the ceremony, according to Ricky Kirshner, one of the executive producers of the Tonys. Read more »
When the fourth season of How I Met Your Mother wrapped up, we were left with several cliffhangers, including one that revolves around the most important plot of the series: The mother! The writers toyed with this storyline as future Ted tells the story of how he pulled an all-nighter working on a pitch in an attempt to bring business to his fledgling architecture firm and eventually accepts the professor job at the University where he will meet the mother of his children. While that‘s all reassuring, the cliffhanger involving Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) was far more interesting. Because by the end of the season, Barney professed his love for Robin and despite their complicated feelings for each other, they still ended up kissing. So where do Robin and Barney stand now? That‘s a question all How I Met Your Mother fans are dying to find out and series co-creator Carter Bays sheds light on what‘s in store for these two fan-favorites in the fifth season. Read more »
Continuing in this exciting week of Fall schedules, CBS revealed its lineup today, and while many shows remain fixed, there are some big moves.  The Mentalist, this past season‘s top new show, will get the coveted post-CSI timeslot Thursdays at 10pm.And one day after NBC officially cancelled Medium, CBS scooped it up and Patricia Arquette will now see ghosts right after Jennifer Love Hewitt does the same thing on Ghost Whisperer.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW  Read more »

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