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Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.

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If you were a fan of How I Met Your Mother then there’s some interesting news making the Internet rounds. HIMYM ran for nine seasons on CBS and when the finale episodes were airing, the rumor mill had a spinoff series How I Met Your Father in development. HIMYF quickly dropped off the radar and most fans figured that was that. Fear not though, it seems that there is still hope for HIMYF as the producers of the new hit This Is Us is taking on the HIMYF challenge. (more…)

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CBS revealed its fall line-up this morning, and while brand new spin-offs CSI: Cyber and NCIS: New Orleans made the cut, one another spin-off of a popular CBS hit was conspicuous by its absence. Sorry fans, it looks like we won’t learn How I Met Your Dad this September, the brand new sitcom from How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays that inverts that formula to tell a new story, with different characters, using the same format from the female perspective. So does it turn out that networks have limit, even with their unusually high tolerance, for recycled material? Actually, it’s just business. (more…)

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Even when How I Met Your Mother isn’t very good, it’s still pretty good. A lot of folks are hatin’ on the show, toting that it has run it’s course, that the characters have become caricatures of themselves and how it’s been drawn out and isn’t as funny as it used to be. I certainly agree that sitcoms have shelve lives on how long they can be good, but 9 seasons in, HIMYM is still relevant to the 20/30 somethings and funny. This is the last season, it’s going out on good to moderate laughs and charm, just it time before it jumps the shark. Oh, wait, CBS is working on a How I Met Your Father spin-off? Yep, imma redact my previous statement. *facepalm*

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20th Century Fox Releases Comic Con Line-Up

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Oh yeah! It’s just over a month until San Diego Comic Con gets underway in, well, San Diego. So this is the first of many announcements by studios, networks and publishers about what it is they’re bring to the Con and what day they’ll be showing it on.

For their part, Twentieth Century Fox is bringing a motley crew of old favorites, new friends, and a few guests who we all know and love yet haven’t had a chance to stop by the show before. The full press release is below, so if you’re heading to San Diego next month, now’s the perfect time to start planning your Con experience…

Twentieth Century Fox Television will once again dominate the San Diego Comic-Con convention, with stars and creators of eleven of its highly-coveted, fan favorite shows at the world famous gathering next month. In addition to exclusive sneak peeks of its programs and panel discussions with the stars and creators of its shows, the studio will rotate an incredible line-up of talent through the newly expanded two-story Fox booth on the convention center floor, for star-studded autograph signings and exciting booth activities including distribution of exclusive 2013 Fox Fanfare Poster Tubes, collectible mini-posters, premium giveaways, DVD sales, as well as Fox iPad App demos available for fan interaction.

Descriptions of panel sessions and screenings follow:

THURSDAY, JULY 18:

MURDER POLICE: From David Goodman (Family Guy) and Jason Ruiz, this new animated FOX series follows a dedicated, but inept detective, Manuel Sanchez, and his colleagues – some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy – in a twisted city precinct. Panelists David Goodman, Jason Ruiz, Will Sasso (The Three Stooges, MADtv), Chi McBride (Golden Boy, Hawthorne, Human Target), Peter Atencio (Key and Peele), and Justina Machado (Welcome to the Family, Private Practice, Six Feet Under) will unveil a sneak peek at footage, followed by a fan Q&A session.

FRIDAY, JULY 19:

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe, Spider Man 2) and Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) will unveil their highly-anticipated project with an exclusive, not-to-be-missed world premiere screening of the Pilot followed by a Q&A with fans featuring series lead Tom Mison (Parade’s End) and Nicole Beharie (42, Shame).

BONES: Creator and Executive Producer Hart Hanson, executive producer Stephen Nathan and David Boreanaz return to Comic-Con to discuss what’s in store for Booth and Brennan and screen a reel of never-before-seen footage from the upcoming season, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

BOB’S BURGERS: Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive and the always entertaining cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy will be serving up hilarious never-before-seen footage followed by a Q&A panel discussion

BRICKLEBERRY: Creators and executive producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, executive producer Zac Moncrief, along with David Herman (Office Space), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jerry Minor (Anchorman) and Natasha Leggero (Community, Burning Love) will abe on hand to premiere a hysterical episode from its second season followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

SATURDAY, JULY 20:

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: For the first time ever, the hit sitcom visits Comic-Con to kick off its final season with an exclusive look at the show and a panel featuring Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease), Jason Segel (The Muppets), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pamela Fryman.

FUTURAMA: We’re dooooooooomed! An epic panel for the ages will celebrate Futurama’s latest and greatest final season. On hand will be most or all of Futurama’s legendary voice cast, comprised of Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, performing never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever”. Plus: Executive Producer David X. Cohen, Creator Matt Groening, and a cartooning showdown to the death! (Note: actual death not guaranteed.)

THE SIMPSONS: Celebrate The Simpsons’ 25th year on the air with Creator Matt Groening, Executive Producer Al Jean, Supervising Director Mike Anderson, Consulting Producer David Silverman, never-before seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro and musical guests “We Put The Spring In Springfield”!

FAMILY GUY: The Griffins are back at Comic-Con for another raucous panel and a sneak peek at season 12 featuring Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Alex Borstein (madTV, Shameless) and executive producer Rich Appel (The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show) plus other surprise guests.

AMERICAN DAD: Join us for an exclusive look at the new season, the world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode featuring the return of Krampus and a Q&A with fans featuring Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes (ER, Band of Brothers), Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and more.

SUNDAY, JULY 21:

SONS OF ANARCHY: Get an inside look into the world of FX’s highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter (The Shield) and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie and Jimmy Smits.

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Even though it had been over ten years since the last Muppets film, their comeback this past year has brought them back to the public eye. They presented at the Oscars and won Best Original Song for their song titled, “Man or Muppet”, what could be better? Well, it has just been announced that The Muppets have been confirmed for a sequel. But hold your horses, Jason Segel has already stated that he will not be involved in the film as a screenwriter.

Segel may come back in an acting capacity, but with his ongoing work on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and films due to hit theaters this year such as: Jeff Who Lives at HomeThe Five-Year Engagement, and This is Forty  he is making sure to keep himself pretty busy. Good news is that despite Segel not appearing in the film, Gary his creation, could possibly be part of the film  seeing a Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller are set to pen the script for the sequel very soon.

Of course the big elephant in the room, is the possibility of Frank Oz being part of the sequel.  After being offered the opportunity to return as the voice of iconic characters Animal, Miss Piggy, and Fozzy Bear; he decided to turn it down and publicly announce that :

“I wasn’t happy with the script. I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

Could the movies success, and popularity allow for the wounds of being beat to the punch with a new Muppets film finally be put to rest or will he really not be involved in this upcoming film as well.  The sky is the limit my friend, but for now we have another Muppets film to look forward to, and I can’t wait.

 

Let’s not fool ourselves. These days network television is the furthest thing from educational and enriching. The endless stream of reality shows and mind numbing talent contests… But wait, there is a light and that lights name is Neil Patrick Harris. Last night on NPH’s “How I Met Your Mother”, his character (Barney Stinson) share irrefutable scientific fact with us. If you were born before May 25th, 1973 you hate Ewoks.

I challenge you to refute his findings.

The video (plus screen caps of the power point slides), after the jump:

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You look out the window and see the night sky is an interesting kaleidoscope of purple, gold, and green; the dark swirling clouds threaten storms of untold proportions. An alien mother ship hangs ominously over the burning city in the distance, spewing laser beams and attack crafts to the ground. The zombies outside beat a steady rhythm on your front door…wait a minute, is that Betty White? In the next room the TV anchor is droning on about the meteor headed toward earth bound for impact in eight days; as if it mattered. You grab the remote and flip through the channels, the meteor . . . zombies . . . aliens . . . man-eating frogs . . . zombies . . . Jersey Shore . . . meteor . . . tornadoes . . . some kind of western about four weird guys on horses . . . yeah, nothing on, at least that much hasn’t changed.

Not much else to do but go nail another board over that window, grab your baseball bat, a bottle of Tequila, your favorite snacks, and watch:

The top 25 shows to watch before the

Apocalypse!!!!

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After all these years, the world has finally fallen in love with Neil Patrick Harris. With the “Doogie Howser, M.D.” years a distant memory, Harris recently has anchored a hit TV show, portrayed the best villain ever, led a slew of musicals and hosted award shows. And now, as long as tv stations play nice, he’ll once again work with master-of-all-that-is-great Joss Whedon on an episode of “Glee.” (more…)

A New Face Joins “True Blood”

Joe Manganiello. Does that name ring a bell? No? Well he is the new guy on the block in everyone’s favorite Vamp show, “True Blood”. According to The Hollywood Reporter he has been tagged to play Sam’s Werewolf father? According to THR:

The “How You Met Your Mother” hunk has landed the recurring part of Alcide, a hot and sexy alpha male werewolf.

Meanwhile, it’s been a parents casting week on Alan Ball’s vampire drama.

The latest to join the series for an arc is Cooper Huckabee who will play Sam’s (Sam Trammell) dad Joe Lee Mickens.

Did anyone know Sam had a dad that looks almost the same age as him? Guy looks like Brad Paisly. His resume isn’t extraordinary…But How I Met Your Mother is a pretty big hit, and True Blood? This guy will be running hot if he plays his cards right.