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Filed Under:Entertainment / Television
Posts on Regator:2313
Posts / Week:14.8
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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How to explain ‘How I Met Your Mother’ to someone who has never seen an episode

(Note: This is not one of those cutesy, pre-fabricated exercises where a writer has a conversation with herself. These are real questions, from a real person, who has never seen an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” because he’s been too busy watching “Monday Night Raw” all these years.) Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Psych’ ends for good

“Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes” (NBC at 8 p.m.) offers a rare glimpse of Prince Harry on his second expedition with the Walking With the Wounded charity, as he leads a squad of celebrities and 12 wounded British soldiers on an arduous trek to one of the harshest places on earth — the South Pole. Show More Summary

TV highlights: ‘The Story of the Jews’ begins

Historian Simon Schama’s “The Story of the Jews” (MPT & WETA at 8 p.m.) explores the many effects Jewish history and culture has had on the world. Tonight’s two-part special begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and the writing of the Hebrew Bible. Show More Summary

Style Blog: ‘The Good Wife’ kills off major character in truly shocking moment

Well, of all the jaw-dropping, major twists that anyone would have predicted for “The Good Wife” Sunday night -- it’s safe to say no one could have seen that one coming. During what seemed like a routine episode, Will Gardner (Josh Charles)...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Barney and Robin get hitched on ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Even though the lead-up to their wedding has lasted an agonizing 10-plus episodes, Barney and Robin both get panic attacks 30 minutes before their nuptials on “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS at 8). Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily take advantage of that time to rewrite their original wedding vows. Read full article >>

TV highlights: John Leguizamo presents the story of his life on stage and a ‘Girls’ finale

In an intensely depressing sign of the times, the Lifetime Network brings us a made-for-TV movie about a college student who decides to serve as a surrogate for a wealthy couple to pay for tuition. “Sorority Surrogate” (8 p.m.) stars...Show More Summary

Style Blog: ‘Big Brother’ comes to D.C.: Talking to the casting director behind the polarizing show

The curious case of “Big Brother”: A solid performer for CBS, yet the show has always existed in this outer periphery of the reality TV world probably because it airs over the summer, has a weird three-day-a-week schedule, etc. Read full article >>

Showtime’s ‘Geraldine Ferraro’: A political icon who paved the way, but faded quickly

In the intriguing documentary “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” airing Friday on Showtime, a viewer clearly gets the sense of duty and devotion that brought this project about: Donna Zaccaro, a former “Today” show producer and the...Show More Summary

TV highlights: CW’s ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ returns

RETURNING SHOW: Back for a second, extended season on its new network, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW at 8 p.m.) has vets Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie putting their comedic skills to the test with spontaneous improv challenges and a special guest each episode. Kat Graham, of “The Vampire Diaries,” guest stars in the season premiere. Read full article >>

Style Blog: Last night’s ‘amazing’ ‘Wheel of Fortune’ guess wasn’t actually that amazing

Last night, a “Wheel of Fortune” contestant named Emil shocked viewers -- and, apparently, a bemused, head-shaking Pat Sajak -- when he correctly guessed the inane phrase “new baby buggy” on his first try. Read full article >>

TV highlights: It’s Galentine’s Day (again) on ‘Parks and Recreation’

If Dungeons & Dragons can’t reunite father and son then, really, what can? After Professor Hickey announces that he’s a grandfather on “Community” (NBC at 8 p.m.), the gang uses the fantasy role-playing game to bring Hickey together with his son (played by David Cross) before it’s too late. Read full article >>

Style Blog: ‘The Bachelor,’ ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘Frozen’: What people are watching and listening to

A great way to gain insight into our country’s psyche? Take a look at what we’re watching on TV, going to see in the movie theater, and listening to on the radio or on our iPods. Every Wednesday, Billboard releases music stats for the...Show More Summary

Style Blog: Comedian Joe Mande on Adidas stealing his idea, corporations on Twitter, the NBA

Joe Mande is a popular comedian, a writer for NBC’s popular sitcom “Parks & Recreation,” and very popular on Twitter, where he has more than a million followers. OK, so the vast majority of those followers are simply bots that he purchased in bulk at a rate of $5 per 30,000 in a bit of performance art. A minor technicality. Read full article >>

CW’s ‘The 100’: Three cheers for Generation Dystopia

In the CW’s unexpectedly excellent new sci-fi series “The 100” (premiering Wednesday night), Earth was torched in a nuclear war 97 years earlier. Probably Vladi­mir Putin’s fault. But here’s a silver lining: The millennials are all dead! They either were annihilated or died of old age on a last-resort orbiting space station called the Ark. Show More Summary

HBO’s ‘Doll & Em’: When fame comes between you and your oldest friend

Though it’s hindered by a particular form of Hollywood myopia that sees the movie business as the only place to find an interesting story, HBO’s new comedy mini-series “Doll & Em” is nevertheless an awkwardly funny and occasionally heartbreaking attempt to peel back the many meanings and layers of friendship. Read full article >>

TV highlights: CW’s ‘The 100’ premieres

SERIES PREMIERE: In the same vein as the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Save My Bakery” (Food at 8 p.m.) has cake expert Kerry Vincent touring America and pinpointing bakeries in need of a revamp. In the opener, she’s at Viking Pastries near Philadelphia in Ardmore, Pa. where she suggests the owners use glitter to entice the local college crowd. Read full article >>

Style Blog: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ premiere: Ranking the contestants (and Erin Andrews)

Usually, if your head is spinning after watching “Dancing With the Stars,” it’s because the set designers really went overboard with the sequins and flashing lights. This time, we truly had trouble keeping track of all the changes to this “new and improved” season. Read full article >>

Style Blog: Angus T. Jones opens up about leaving ‘Two and a Half Men’ over religious beliefs

The very public falling out between Angus T. Jones and “Two and a Half Men” raised an interesting question: What happens to the millionaire teen actor who goes on YouTube to call his show “filth” and begs people to stop watching? Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Glee’s’ 100th episode and a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ finale

“Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe” (ABC at 8 p.m.) examines the motion picture and TV studio’s successes on screen through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and previews of upcoming theatrical releases, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and the TV series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Read full article >>

Style Blog: ‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Breaking point

It’s been a while since we’ve truly visited the human darkness that exists in “The Walking Dead.” Sure, the show is about survival -- and for much of the second half, it has been focused on how a once solid group, now splintered, can survive in the wilderness. Show More Summary

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