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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' finale ends in the worst way possible (w/video)

What a cruel twist, HIMYM.

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What a cruel twist, HIMYM.

Well, that was bad!

Remember that crazy theory floating around the Internet during this final season of How I Met Your Mother, that the Mother was dead the whole time? And that’s why Ted is telling his kids the story of how he met her? …

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Pharrell joining season seven of 'The Voice' as new coach

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Well, this should make lots of people Happy (sorry, had to): Pharrell is joining season seven of The Voice as a new coach. He's presumably replacing former coach Cee-Lo Green, who said earlier this year that he won’t be returning to the singing competition.

Now, the big question: Will he bring the hat?

"Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7," The Voice's Twitter account posted Monday. Pharrell himself confirmed the news via Twitter, adding “This is going to be so fun.”

Of course, Pharrell isn’t new to the show: He was a guest mentor for Team Usher in season four. The full coaching lineup for the show’s seventh iteration has yet to be announced. The Voice is currently airing its sixth season Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

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MTV coming to Tampa for 'Real World' casting

Here's how the current cast reacted when they walked into their house, and realized their exes would be living with them for the next few weeks.

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Here's how the current cast reacted when they walked into their house, and realized their exes would be living with them for the next few weeks.

Think you are ready to stop being polite and start being real? MTV will be holding auditions in Tampa for MTV’s The Real World on Saturday.

Casting producers, who will be at Hooters of Channelside from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tell us they are looking “for outgoing personalities who aren’t afraid to be themselves and want to share their story on TV.” Applicants are asked to bring a photo ID and a picture of themselves (that casting directors will keep). They also look for individuals to be between ages 20 to 24 but must be 21 by June 2014.

The series, which has been on MTV’s airwaves since the early ’90s, drew its strongest ratings in three years this year with “Real World: Ex-Plosion.” The season started with seven strangers who all have complicated relationships with their exes and are ready to be free, enjoying single life in the Real World house in San Francisco. But just when they get comfortable and new relationships start to brew.... surprise, their exes moved in.

Series co-creator Jon Murray has said he has numerous other format twists in mind for the veteran reality program.

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Top TV this week: 'How I Met Your Mother', 'The Mindy Project', 'The Good Wife'

Mindy and Danny

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Mindy and Danny

There's plenty of interesting TV on this week (like the How I Met Your Mother finale!), but we're most excited about one show: the one-hour return of The Mindy Project.

Mindy Kaling's Fox sitcom returns on Tuesday after a loooong break. (We're talking MONTHS, people.) We've seen the two new episodes, which pick up right after the last episode's cliffhanger of Mindy and Danny (Chris Messina) in a lip-lock, and they're really good.

Click here for more on that and the full list of this week's top TV picks.

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'The Walking Dead' finale goes for the jugular (literally)

A bad guy's neck? For Rick, it's what's for dinner.

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A bad guy's neck? For Rick, it's what's for dinner.

Sunday’s finale of AMC hit The Walking Dead ended not with a beloved character biting the dust or a look-at-the-flowers twist. It didn’t deal with sullen themes of mortality. There was no deep life lesson — save for the fact that going Hungry Hungry Hippo on a dude’s neck is an effective form of self-defense.

Instead, in an altogether Hollywood denouement that might prove smart for the show’s future, if a polarizing tease for patient fans, the ballyhooed ep kicked with, lo and behold, some Schwarzeneggerian rah-rah:

“They’re going to feel pretty stupid when they find out...they’re screwing with the wrong people.”

That wahoo threat, soon to be uttered by 98-pound nerds the world over, was quipped by Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), former purveyor of humanity, current blood-bearded action-hero stud.

Rick and his reunited gang of zombie slayers were trapped in a rail car in the not-so-sanctuary of Terminus, which — and I’m totally guessing here — is being run by Yankee Candle-loving psychotic cannibals. Anyone with me on that theory? …

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'How I Met Your Mother' finale: Why it'll leave a legendary legacy when it ends Monday

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Cheers, How I Met Your Mother. The past nine years haven't been perfect, but you're going to leave a big hole in primetime when you end Monday night. Since the show's series finale is upon us, we took a look back at what's made it one of the funniest, heartwarming and most creative things on the air these past nine seasons. 

Click here for the full essay on why it deserves to be remembered as one of the legendary sitcoms.

Of course, we'll never entirely forget the show; it'll live on in our daily vocabulary. So suit up and click here for a list of our favorite catchphrases.

The one-hour finale of How I Met Your Mother airs 8 p.m. Monday on CBS.

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Anatomy of a Kill: Behind the beheadings on 'The Walking Dead'

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The fourth season of The Walking Dead has had a slew of awesomely violent zombie slayings, and there will no doubt be even more during Sunday's ballyhooed finale. But nothing has quite matched the intensity of a certain scene in Episode 409, aka "After."

When Michonne, played with seething calm by Danai Gurira, realizes she wants to live and not wander the woods like the zombies encircling her, she goes action-hero berserko with her trademark katana, lopping off undead heads with ninja grace.

According to Greg Nicotero, the special-effects guru who directed "After," that notoriously blood-soaked scene was originally written quite differently.

And quite cheaper.

"Michonne has something like 23 walkers following her in the field," Nicotero tells me about the shooting script that day. "We had about eight to 10 actual onscreen kills budgeted. We had only choreographed the first 10 or so, working out the particulars of the effects and stunts."

That was the plan. After all, slaying zombies costs cash. According to a 2013 Hollywood Reporter article, an average episode of The Walking Dead costs about $2.75 million to make, and special effects jack up the cost. …

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#CancelColbert? Take a deep breath, Twitterverse

Stephen Colbert at a hearing before the Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in September 2010. The hearing was to examine the needs of immigration agricultural workers for the farming industry.

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Stephen Colbert at a hearing before the Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in September 2010. The hearing was to examine the needs of immigration agricultural workers for the farming industry.

Apparently, Twitter is no place for satire. However, it's swell for kneejerk reactions. On Thursday, The Colbert Report, tweeting in the guise of comic host Stephen Colbert, responded to news that controversial Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was starting something called the Original Americans Foundation. Apparently the Comedy Central crew felt that Snyder, whose team name has been attacked for racial insensitivity, was being a bit transparent in his desires. So @ColbertReport fired out this zinger to 1 million followers:

"I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."

Soon enough, a #CancelColbert hashtag, with accompanying vitriol, was spreading all over the Twitterverse. Never mind that Colbert, who portrays a clueless right-wing blowhard on his hit show, had previously assumed the character of Ching-Chong Ding-Dong to shed satirical light on the boneheaded racism of which he was now being accused. …

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'Scandal' recap: Sex, lies and tweeting for the opponent

Lighten up, Fitz! We like you better that way.

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Lighten up, Fitz! We like you better that way.

A week after killing one of its best characters, Scandal decides that the best way to distract us from the pain is to briefly turn into Scandal: The Zany Sitcom.

And thank goodness for that.

Yes, we had to sit through another wrenching scene of Cyrus grieving (and trying to beat up the president!) over his dead husband. But for the most part, Thursday's episode was a light, shenanigans-filled hour of Scandal. 

The big development is the arrival of President Grant's kids to the White House. Yeah, you know, those two teenagers that belong to Fitz and Mellie that no one ever, ever mentions. (Only the most astute Scandal viewer will remember their names are Jerry and Karen.) They're joining their parents for a live television interview that aims to show the Grants as the happiest family on Earth. Psh, yeah right! These kids despise their father. The show is very honest about their contempt, and it's at once heartbreaking and very amusing.  …

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Knock 'Em Dead: Why 'The Walking Dead' should bump off half the cast on Sunday's finale

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It's time to thin the herd. There are too many heartbeats, too many breathers. So Sunday at 9 on AMC, open up the zombie buffet, I say. If The Walking Dead wants to survive and advance into a strong fifth season, the No. 1 show on cable television needs to end its wildly uneven fourth season by knocking off — oh, let's say — half its cast, which has become way too cumbersome. The show has suffered from a cavalcade of characters and plotlines. We've routinely lost touch with crucial heroes because endless, and weaker, narratives need tending.

We want Dead, not Dynasty.

So kill Maggie. Glenn, too. Keep Tyreese and his mighty hammer. Save Big Baby Judith. But give the heave-ho to Bob, Tara and her twisted ankle, Dr. Eugene, Sgt. Abraham Ford, Singing Beth (definitely Singing Beth). Carol's cutthroat. You saw how she capped Crazy Lizzie amid the flowers. She snuffed out Ty's main squeeze, too. Let Carol bump off some people! …

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How we say goodbye to 'How I Met Your Mother'

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It was 2005 when Future Ted, as voiced by Bob Saget, sat his bored teenaged kids down to tell them the "long story" of how he met their mother. If this were told in real time, those kids would now be 23 and 25. Sure, it's been a long story, but what a story it's been.

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VIDEO: Billy Eichner, Neil Patrick Harris ambush New Yorkers in the name of 'How I Met Your Mother'

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Last night, CBS aired the second-to-last episode EVER of How I Met Your Mother. We're sad! And it's good to know we're not alone. Billy Eichner, the hilarious maniac mastermind behind Funny or Die's Billy on the Street show, is devastated too.

In fact, in this segment with guest Neil Patrick Harris (Barney!), Eichner captures all of our emotions about the show ending, in his typical LOUD, EXCLAMATORY WAY!!!

Things like:

"You're gonna leave me with *EXPLETIVE* Mike and Molly!?"

"No, I'm not watching reruns, what am I a shmuck!"

And, most importantly: "WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN TO COBIE SMULDERS?!"

Preach, Billy. Preach.

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We need to talk about that shocking death on 'The Good Wife'

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Oh no, not again! First Scandal killed off one of its best characters Thursday night, and now The Good Wife is doing the same thing.

MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR SUNDAY NIGHT'S EPISODE OF THE GOOD WIFE.

I saw the signs on Twitter shortly before last night's episode began: "Fans of The Good Wife, you should watch tonight, and in real time if possible." But, knowing this show well (I've watched since the first episode), I figured they were going to tackle a major case, or something unbelievable was going to happen with the Peter Florrick scandal. What I never, ever imagined was that one of the show's original cast members, heck, the male lead of the show, would be leaving.

Yes, Josh Charles' character Will Gardner was killed last night, courtesy of a bullet to the head from an enraged 21-year-old he was defending.

Here's how that went in my head:

WHAT? This can't be real.

Seriously, this is a dream, right? No way Josh Charles is leaving the show.

NO.

Whoa. Was that the right move for this show?  …

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'Walking Dead' and the long strange trip to Terminus

Remember those when-are-we-gonna-get-there family trips? All anticipation and nervous energy, and then you arrive at Mount Rushmore, say, and it’s just four dudes’ big heads? And you say under your breath, I’ve been sitting in the back seat for 1,000 miles with pee sloshing around in a Big Gulp cup at my feet for THIS? In Walking Dead’s penultimate Season Four episode Sunday night the travelers arrived at Terminus.

Yeah, Terminus!!

Except. There are some nice sunflowers growing but security seems pretty lax and where are the dang people? There’s just one lady (not sure what it means that it’s Denise Crosby, Tasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation) there to welcome them and serve them up some barbecue. Episode 415 ends with viewers still wondering, Is it a trap? Is it Woodbury redux, or more like the prison, or a grim martial law compound?

After last episode’s earth-shaking creepfest (Lizzie garrotes Mika; Carol caps Lizzie), maybe it was necessary to take it down a notch and focus on what old Emerson said: Life’s a journey, not a destination. It’s just that Terminus, spelled out across the red brick façade in block letter, sounds so, well, terminal. …

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Bad idea, Gladiators: 'Scandal' does that thing we were all afraid it would do

RIP James. You will be missed. So will Publius.

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RIP James. You will be missed. So will Publius.

Why you gotta rip my heart out like that, Scandal?

Listen, I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, and whether Emmy winner Dan Bucatinsky is ready to move on to bigger and better things beyond this show (psh, as if there is such a thing), but killing off his character James is not Scandal’s brightest idea.

Yes, that’s who got shot last night, an unceremonious death revealed within the first 10 seconds of the episode. We saw this one coming last week, and we’re very sad to be right about it.

To add to this distressful development, half of the episode was a set of sweet flashbacks to the first time Cyrus and James met. As if grieving for a fictional character wasn’t hard enough! …

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