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‘HIMYM’ Ends After 9-Year Run

How I Met Your Mother  ended Monday after nine years on CBS.  To mark the occasion I thought it would be fun to share my top five favorite HIMYM moments: 1. My brother used to (frequently) deliver a judo chop to the back of my neck that would make me see stars, and yet that was nothing compared to the carryings-on of Marshall Eriksen and his brothers. 2. I love every Slapsgiving episode, but this is my favorite due to the legen-wait-for-it-dary… Read More »

You Gotta See This – The League

Here’s the deal, I watch a lot of TV, one might even say I watch an obscene amount; I watch so much my doctor recently warned me about the health risks, no joke, it happened! Even though I watch so much television there are times when I fail; sometimes I miss or ignore a program about which I should be obsessed. It was this way with 24; I missed the first two seasons and happened to catch Jack Bauer beating the… Read More »

Top 6 TV pairings

In honor of the return of “Breaking Bad” tonight, I thought I’d take a look at some of TV’s top pairings. Whether it’s a love affair, family bond, friendship or two people on opposite sides of the law, these couples provide the foundations of their shows. Without them, the shows would be much less entertaining, and possibly fizzle entirely. The list isn’t all-inclusive – I’ve limited it to six of my favorites, and I’ve only considered shows currently airing. (Sorry,… Read More »

Watch this (week of July 28)

SUNDAY After a lengthy absence, “Unforgettable” (9 p.m., CBS) returns for its second season, with Carrie joining a high-profile crimes unit and investigating  a kidnapping. On “Crossing Lines” (10 p.m., NBC) , the team also investigates an abduction, although in this case, it’s not a child but Hickman who’s taken. MONDAY Do you enjoy watching  stuntmen, fitness instructors and Regular Joes (and Janes) with rock-hard abs (or not) swing, jump and cling to obstacles along a course, with many of… Read More »

Emmy nominations announced

The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday. While I have no idea which way Emmy voters will go, there are a lot of great nominations – and, of course, a couple of favorites missing from the list. A look at the major categories: Drama series:    “Breaking Bad”(AMC); “Downton Abbey” (PBS);“Game of Thrones” (HBO); “Homeland” (Showtime); “Mad Men” (AMC); and “House of Cards” (Netflix). My take: I’m really rooting for “Breaking Bad” to win this as it heads into its final… Read More »

Watch this (week of June 23)

SUNDAY New series “Crossing Lines” (9 p.m., NBC)  stars William Fichtner as a former police officer who joins in the global search for a serial killer. “Mad Men” (9 p.m., AMC) ends for the season. Lifetime brings back “Drop Dead Diva” (9 p.m.), before premiering new series “Devious Maids.” (Title kinda says it all.) Bristol Palin and Melissa Rivers trade families in the season premiere of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (8 p.m., ABC). It’s followed by “Whodunnit?” (9 p.m.), a reality… Read More »

What’s on this summer?

What I’m most looking forward to as the summer season kicks in to high gear:  “Breaking Bad” and “Burn Notice” start their final seasons, “True Blood” returns, and the Stephen King miniseries “Under the Dome” premieres. Also, on USA, fans get to see what happens after The Kiss on both “Covert Affairs” and “Suits.” There is also the chance to watch the final episodes of several canceled shows as the networks burn off episodes before starting fresh in fall. That… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 26)

Hopefully, you’re out enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, because it’s not looking too sunny out there in TV land. Here’s a look at what networks are offering up this week: SUNDAY There are a couple of bright spots on Sunday. HBO premieres its high-profile movie “Behind the Candelabra” (9 p.m., HBO), which stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover. And fans of “Arrested Development” get what they want in a big way: Netflix releases 15 new… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 19)

SUNDAY Tracy Morgan hosts “The Billboard Music Awards” (8 p.m., ABC), which will feature performances by Prince, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, and others as well as collaborations by will.i.am and Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, and Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and a “surprise guest.” “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox) and “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox) wrap up the season with hourlong sendoffs. On “The Simpsons,” Homer and pals try to track down Carl, who took off with… Read More »

A look at 14 upcoming shows

So you’ve seen the lists of all those new shows the networks are trotting out for fall. But are they any good? Here’s a quick look at 14 new shows that are coming this fall. NBC The suspense drama “Blacklist” stars James Spader as a former government agent who also happens to top the FBI’s most wanted list. [youtube k9_qgX7pTlc] Jonathan Rhys Meyers  stars as “Dracula,” bent on revenge on his creator and obsessed with a woman who looks like… Read More »

What’s coming to CBS, ABC, CW

CBS Robin Williams returns to TV with the comedy “The Crazy Ones.” Other new comedies include “We are Men,” “Mom” (with Ana Faris and Allison Janney  as her mom), and “The Millers,” starring Will Arnett. Jerry Bruckheimer suspense drama “Hostages” also debuts. For midseason, the network plans “Intelligence,” “Reckless” and “Friends with Better Lives.” “Rules of Engagement,” “Vegas” and “CSI:NY” are among the shows not coming back.   ABC New dramas include “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,”  “Killer Women”  (with Tricia… Read More »

Fox, NBC unveil schedules

Here’s a look at what NBC and Fox have planned for next season as upfront week kicks off: NBC The struggling NBC is hoping to lure viewers back in with a slate of new shows. For fall: James Spader-helmed thriller “Blacklist,” “Ironside,” and “Dracula,” and comedies “Welcome to the Family,” “Sean Saves the World” (starring Sean Hayes), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (bet you can guess who stars in that one). For midseason: “About a Boy” (based on the best-selling… Read More »