Did ANYONE see this coming? (TV.com)Last night's Thanksgiving episode of "How I Met Your Mother" — which was written by series co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, which should have alerted me right up top that it was probably going to contain a major plot development that would reverberate throughout the season — found Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) considering a move from Manhattan to Long Island, and Ted (Josh Radnor) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) musing about becoming bro-parents: adopting a baby together, while maintaining their platonic friendship. But it wasn't until the last moment of the episode that we understood what made Robin (Cobie Smulders) — who'd spent the half-hour attempting, with increasing hysteria, to dissuade Marshall and Lily from moving — the pivot point for these two stories. If you haven't seen the episode and don't want to be spoiled, do not watch this clip.Read More »from ‘How I Met Your Mother’: Last Night’s Episode Raises Some Innocent Questions
- Tara Ariano | The Set – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 1:53 PM PST
- linds | The Set – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 1:47 PM PST
Mariah knows this is being edited!Mariah Carey was back on the Home Shopping Network last night, selling jewelry, only now it's less fun (or just...different) because she knows how much bloggers love to, hmm, let's say, "showcase" her special HSN appearances. And it's not one of those usual things where a celebrity loudly proclaims that they don't look at the internet and then says something that makes it clear that they think the entire thing is just a place where people go to vaguely talk about them in "chat rooms" or something. No, Mariah is not vague: she not only knows her HSN gigs are being edited, she even doles out "edit points" to the sites and bloggers who cut videos of her trying to figure out where to look or who to listen to.
Foremost Carey video-editor (among many other pursuits) Rich Juzwiak (see his excellent Mariah/HSN editing work last Thanksgiving) took the bait, if you can call it taking the bait when his post both praises Mariah's sense of humor while bemoaning the loss of the "innocence" that made her HSN gigs so fun. Here's Mariah Carey at her most self-aware, and the poor Home Shopping Network hostess who seems totally bewildered by all the internet talk:Read More »from Mariah Carey Is Less Fun on TV Now That She Knows the Internet Is Making Fun of Her
Where Were They Then?: Ryan Gosling Headlined a Canadian Teen Sitcom Set on a Cruise Ship. (Really.)By Tara Ariano | The Set – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 12:59 PM PST
Much as I might like to defend every slur thrown at Canada, land of my birth, it's tough to stick up for the television industry. Half the time, it's painfully earnest ("Degrassi," "Due North"); when it's not, as in the cruise ship-set "Breaker High," it's going out of its way to pretend it's not Canadian at all. Nice try, guys, but our accent gives us away — even the accent Ryan Gosling, who starred in "Breaker High," is still trying to disguise. Here he is pre-"Drive," scheming to get on the hockey team, as all Canadians do at some point in their lives.
- Tara Ariano | The Set – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 9:35 AM PST
All smiles. (Hulu)The "Tell Us Your Sob Story in Order to Be Showered with Material Goods" genre is almost as old as television itself, dating all the way back to "Queen for a Day" in the 1950s. On that show, women were fêted for overcoming obstacles in their lives, and lavished with prizes to compensate them for their struggles. The spirit of that show lives on today in "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"; and on "The Nate Berkus Show," the latter of which recently finished fulfilling the promise of Oprah Winfrey's late daytime show by building a custom house for Monica Jorge, who, after giving birth, developed an infection in the hospital that ended with the partial amputation of all four of her limbs. "You Deserve It," which premiered last night on ABC, wants to join this noble tradition, but its very structure makes it a much more cynical affair.Read More »from ‘You Deserve It’ Is the Most Altruistic Show to (Probably) Make You Feel Very Cynical
- linds | The Set – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 9:16 AM PST
Impressively, someone was paying close enough attention to CSPAN 3 during a congressional hearing about the arctic wildlife refuge and whether or not some professor had camped there enough times (or something?) to catch one young aide making several kinds of faces ranging from "bored," "angry," and "insane" directly at the camera. Watching this (the camera moves for a bit, but she starts up again at the 1:27 mark), it's hard to imagine her knowing there was a camera there, so to what was she making those faces? Is there a mirror on the camera? Is she friends with the camera operator, and doing the classic "Get me out of here!" faces that everyone makes to their co-workers in corporate meetings? If the camera had lingered longer, would she have done that slow pretending-to-shoot-one's-self-with-one's-finger-and-then-slump-over gag that's so popular in the boardrooms of America? We might never know, but if I had to sit in on this immaturely conducted debate, I would make faces like this, too.Read More »from Young Staffer Makes Crazy Faces at the Camera During Congressional Hearing
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