Sarah Chalke by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com
OMFG, she is so the mother! I think. I'm hearing from multiple sources that Sarah Chalke is in advanced talks to reprise her role as Ted's possible future wife on How I Met Your Mother.In fact, just moments ago, Chalke's Mother crush himself, Josh Radnor here to shoot a guest appearance for next week's Ausiello Report vodcast confirmed that we'd probably be seeing Stella for a "few more episodes" this season. He was quick to add, however, that he has no clue whether or not she's the mother. "I really don't know," he said, "nor do I ask." Radnor also pleaded ignorance regarding the possibility of Britney Spears returning as Chalke's unhinged assistant, although he expressed confidence that exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas "could write a great plot for her to come back." Neil Patrick Harris may prove a harder sell. Radnor's costar told the Associated Press that too much of Spears may not be a good thing. "I'm in the minority that our show does not need stunt c...
Neil Patrick Harris by Ron Galella/WireImage.com
Posted by tvqueen1812...Cheers to the writing staff on How I Met Your Mother for revisiting the past. No, not Ted's past, Neil Patrick Harris' past as Doogie Howser. When Barney is typing in his blog, the font and the blue screen are still there, but cue Doogie's theme and it's as if time stood still. As Barney would say , it's gonna be legendary. For more Cheers & Jeers, check out the new vodcast. Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
James Marsters, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joss Whedon by Kevin Parry/WireImage.com
Joss Whedon couldnt contain himself. So jazzed that his landmark musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was being screened at the legendary Cinerama Dome theater (site of this years awesome Paley Fest), he sneaked into the audience to watch one of the numbers before rejoining that old gang of his for group photos before taking the stage for a retrospective Q&A (moderated by yours truly). Like me, I think he would have rather just sat in the theater to drink it in. But there was catching up to do.Ive finally met someone whose passion for musicals outstrips mine (if only because hes genius enough to be able to write one). The reason Joss arrived too late to set up the screening (following my own opening remarks) was because he came straight from wrapping production of his next musical project: Doctor Horribles Sing-Along Blog, an entirely independent made-for-Internet (but no word yet on where youll find it) musical-comedy, conceived during...
Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage.com
The cast of How I Met Your Mother put the "work hard, play hard" philosophy into action Thursday night as they celebrated the premiere of their spring season and St. Patrick's Day at the Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood. Stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Bob Saget wrapped up a milestone week of filming with pop diva Britney Spears and turned out in their red carpet finery ready to par-tay. Jameson Irish Whiskey cocktails flowed, Irish-themed hors d'oeuvres (including mini corned-beef-and-cabbage tarts, whiskey wings, and mini shepherd's pies) were passed around, and Segel dished about Brit-Brit's acting chops. "She has really good comedic timing," he said. "Her improvs were really good. She was into it and very funny." Segel also discussed his moonlighting as a big-time Hollywood writer when he's not working on HIMYM. "I'm writing the script to the next Muppet movie," he said. "The fact that I have been sitting in front of my computer ...
Britney Spears by John Sciulli/WireImage.com
More (and I'm guessing there will always be more) details are trickling in on Britney Spears' upcoming How I Met Your Mother drop-by. Series creator Craig Thomas tells Us that in the as-yet-unscheduled episode, Spears will set her sights on no less than Ted Mosby, Architect himself. Playing the assistant to the dermatologist (originally Alicia Silverstone, now Scrubs' Sarah Chalke) tasked with removing Ted's embarassing butterfly tat, Spears' character falls hard for the patient but "keeps on screwing up, saying awkward things." Meanwhile, "Teds absolutely oblivious. Go, Josh Radnor he has Britney Spears chasing after him!"Spears arrived with little baggage and nary an entourage, says Thomas, when she showed for Monday morning's table read. "She seemed to fit right in," he says. "She was having a good time. She was laughing. [The] vibe in the room was just very fun."Indeed, Neil Patrick Harris concurs that Spears' HIMYM storyline is very sweet, telling Entertainment Ton...
Neil Patrick Harris by Cliff Lipson/CBS, Brett Butler courtesy Brett Butler
It wasn't easy, but How I Met Your Mother has finally located the middle-aged woman with whom Barney lost his virginity many moons ago. Veteran character actress Stephanie Faracy whose most recent credits include episodes of Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and Will & Grace has landed the plum part. She replaces onetime sitcom star Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire), who showed up for work on Wednesday but was quickly let go after it was mutually decided that the role wasn't a good fit. (That explains why, as astute Ausiello Report readers can attest, a story I had announcing Butler's casting was quickly yanked from TVGuide.com late yesterday.)Butler's miscasting was just the latest wrinkle in producers' exhaustive search for Barney's "first." As Neil Patrick Harris revealed to me at TV Guide's Emmy After Party last month, producers originally approached Kirstie Alley to play Mrs. Robinson to his Benjamin Braddock. But for some unknown reason, the ex-Fat Actress declined. P...
OK, first off, how freakin hilarious was The Bachelor Monday night? Holy human desperation, I loved it! And Hillary from my hometown made the first cut. Represent, Philly ho!Now that we have that out of the way, lets talk last weeks Emmys. Yes, the in-the-round stage was a hot circular mess and why so many statues went to TV-movies, Ill never know. Its not like any of the good Sci Fi Originals get nominated. Hello, Mansquito? So robbed. But Seacrest didnt totally suck, the opening Family Guy number was inspired and some of the winners were deserving.So if youre like me and think you suffered a stroke that made the word Gandolfini sound like Spader, or ya cant get your head around anyone from Torque ever winning anything, you might want to grab the champs on DVD. Turns out that the slights are, in fact, slight.Ugly Betty Much like Bettys Guadalajara poncho, you could spot America Ferreras Outstandin...
Me, pool, TV Guide's Hollywood office in the background. Pure corporate synergy.
Saturday, Sept. 15, 12:56 pm/PTJust got back from chilling at the pool and get a bit of color to offset the harshness of the black tux tomorrow night. Speaking of the penguin suit, as first and exclusively reported via my Facebook status bar, I picked up a new cummerbund and necktie at the Beverly Center yesterday evening. I actually left my old cummerbund in the hotel room here a year ago when checking out, and the tie, well, I always look for a new "tweak" to the tux when I wear it. As long as I didn't go with purple satin, said my wife.I found myself across the street from the Beverly Center when I swung by the Lab Series for Men Emmy gifting suite, located at the Sofitel hotel. Had I arrived sooner, I would have spied Neil Patrick Harris getting a professional shave at the very deft hand of straight-blade wizard Craig Whitely, as Neil's S.O. looked on. Nor did I manage to cross paths there with William Shatner, who came with his wife for massages and facials. The great Lab Serie...
Question: A few months back, while discussing the Emmys, you wrote about The Office's Dwight (Rainn Wilson) having been nominated over Jim (John Krasinski). While Dwight is required to be more over-the-top, you said, Jim was more deserving of a nod. Having just finished Season 2 on DVD (I admit I haven't yet seen Season 3), I have to disagree. If you remove Dwight's bizarre antics from the show, Jim wouldn't have a chance to bring out his quirky expressions and dry sense of humor. I think it's a similar case with Ari and Johnny Drama on Entourage. Although Ari would still be funny trading barbs with Eric and Lloyd, I think Ari's cunning really ramps it up when he's insulting Drama. What's your take on this?
Answer: Every straight man (and I mean that in the classic comedy sense, not the Ari-vs.-Lloyd sense) needs a foil, and vice versa, I suppose. Emmy nominations and awards often go for broadly comic characters and performances (see Jack and Karen on Will & Grace), and to that degree,
Question: I haven't seen much discussion of this, but it seems that How I Met Your Mother has evolved completely away from its original idea. At the start, it was presented as the story of a lovable klutz trying to find a wife in a singles milieu, and Neil Patrick Harris was scarcely mentioned. Now it's practically "The Neil Patrick Harris Show," and Ted was actually given a steady girlfriend for a season so they wouldn't have to talk about his search. Does that bother anybody?
Answer: Didn't bother anybody I know. For one thing, there was a sense that the audience wanted to see Robin and Ted together, at least for a while, if only to understand why she later became "Aunt Robin" to the kids. Plus, I think it's fair to say that Mother has evolved rather successfully into an ensemble comedy, and it was probably wise not to ask Josh Radnor to actually carry the show. Finally, if you made it to the end of last season, you should know that the third season is going to revert back to Ted' ...