Tuesday March 25, 2014

One more episode of How I Met Your Mother and then we finally bid adieu to the series.  Last night's episode stirred up a lot of different thoughts for me.  If you regularly read this column, you know by now that I'm an avid Pearl Jam fan (to put it mildly).  Imagine my surprise to hear Future Days score the actual wedding ceremony of Barney and Robyn?  While I'm ALWAYS happy to hear the band's music on any primetime show (or even Howard Stern in the morning), I'm not sure licensing a song to a sitcom that has clearly outstayed its welcome gives me the same warm and fuzzy feeling.  

All that said, here are a couple of thoughts:

1) Good on the band for getting that song out to a different audience that might not otherwise be exposed to it (and for getting paid);

2) Two great references last night: Friendster and The Staircase.

Thanks to contributor @JSS for this link which points out 51 questions that need to be answered on next week's series finale.  There is a LOT of wishful thinking on this list.  I'd say maybe 10% of these questions will actually be answered.

Evidently, Josh Radnor has always knows (at least to a certain degree) how the series ends.  "'I was let in on a big thing [in the] first season,' Radnor recently told The Hollywood Reporter. 'I thought they weren't going to do that, and then they said, "No, we're still doing that."'

"What 'that' might entail is still up for debate for the next week. Milioti recently shrugged off suggestions that the Mother has been dead from the narrator's vantage point since the beginning as 'insane,' while Bays and Thomas' last public take on the finale was basically a very convivial 'no comment.'

"Regardless, Radnor says his intel on the ending is not something he ever really focused on. And that bit he was let in on in the first season wasn't even mentioned to him again until they moved into the final run.

"'I knew that one big plot thing early, but it wasn't something that I thought about so much as we were going on,' he says. 'I always tried to remember that the version of Ted I was playing was moving forward and didn't know everything. He wasn't the narrator [Bob Saget], with the benefit of hindsight. It was always better for me to just read the episodes each week and try to play him as honestly as I could each week. I trusted them that they were going to take him on the right journey.'"

Per Deadline, "How I Met Your Dad is making a casting change. Actress-singer Krysta Rodriguez, who was to play one of the leads, is departing the hybrid pilot. In the vein of the original series,HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Rodriguez was to play Sally’s best friend Juliet, a sexy, flamboyant force of nature who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country. The character has undergone changes after the table read.

ABC summer premiere dates:

Thursday, April 24, 10-11 p.m. Black Box (new series premiere)
Monday, May 19, 9:30-11 p.m. The Bachelorette
Wednesday, May 21, 10-11 p.m. Motive
Monday, May 26, 8-10 p.m. The Bachelorette (regular time period premiere)
Tuesday, May 27, 8-10 p.m. Extreme Weight Loss
Monday, June 2, 10:01-11 p.m. Mistresses
Thursday, June 5, 8-8:30 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night
Thursday, June 19, 8-9 p.m. The Quest (new series premiere)
Sunday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. Wipeout (special two-hour premiere)
Sunday, June 22, 9-11 p.m. Rising Star (new series premiere)
Tuesday, June 24, 10-11 p.m. NY Med
Sunday, June 29, 8-9 p.m. Wipeout (regular time period premiere)
Thursday, July 17, 10-11 p.m. Rookie Blue
Thursday, July 24, 9-10 p.m. The Astronaut Wives Club (new series premiere)
Monday, Aug. 4, 8-10 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (new series premiere)

What lies ahead for Archer?

And, of course, which Archer character are you?  I got Lana Kane, which I'll take.

American Dream Builders did a 0.9 on Sunday night.  That's not gonna bode well if it plans to stick around for a full season.

Photo courtesy of EW.com.

Photo courtesy of EW.com.

Robert Kirkman previews the upcoming season finale of The Walking Dead. “'This last half of season 4 has been a character defining group of stories for everyone,' Kirkman tells EW, “but really, Rick Grimes — really finding what this guy is going to be able to do and how he is going to carry on, and is he going to get these people back together, and where is he going to go from here?  And I think there are some big questions that are asked that are going to be answered in this final episode.”

Vulture ranks the top 10 best strategic moves in the history of Survivor.  Johnny Fairplay and his dead grandma should have been ranked higher than #9 IMO.

Molly Shannon and Mike White are helping people become better dog walkers:

Per Variety, "The Hub Network will soon attempt to see if it can reach beyond its grasp.The network, jointly owned by cable programmer Discovery Communications and toy maker Hasbro, expects to gradually abandon the reruns of Step by Step, Family Ties and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch in favor of originals designed to lure kids and families together. The first step in that effort is Parents Don’t Just Understand, a 22-episode reality series from Endemol’s 51 Minds Entertainment hosted by Joey Fatone that  is slated to debut in the fall. The series will let kids and parents get a peek at what it’s like to live inside each other’s shoes."  Here's what Fatone has been up to in the interim:

The Breakfast Club came out 30 years ago this week.  Feel old?

I don't watch, but people are STILL buzzing about Sunday's episode of The Good Wife.