News Roundup

  • Ausiello at EW talks to Craig Thomas about the Emmy nominations and does some gentle prodding about Season Five. [Questions are bolded, so if you want to avoid the spoilers it's easy. There's really no need, though, they're maybe a 2 out of 10.]
  • Fancast has a quote from Carter Bays – more spoilery than what Craig Thomas gave out, but when it comes to preseason spoilers, we’re still in the “we’re going to deal with [plot X]” stage – there’s nothing specific about plots or individual episodes.
  • TV Guide has another – spoiler free – interview with Craig.
  • Other reactions [source, source, source, source]:

    How I Met Your Mother co-creator/producer Carter Bays says he and the crew will definitely celebrate the show’s Emmy nomination today.  “I’m not going to lie,” he told USA TODAY’s Gary Strauss. “There’ll be some champagne in the office. It’ll be an excuse to drink. But that wont’ be different than any other day,” Bays joked.

    “It means we all get to get dressed up and go to a big party. And that’s good enough for me.” — Carter Bays, co-executive producer of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” a nominee for best comedy.

    For the first time in the four years “How I Met Your Mother” has been eligible for an Emmy, co-creator/executive producer Craig Thomas woke up well before the nominations were announced, and he wasn’t too happy about it. “I would be sitting here thinking about it, and if it didn’t happen, I would’ve been tired all day and not get a nomination,” he said. “It would’ve been horrible.” Fortunately for him, CBS’ “Mother” landed its first best series nom. Thomas calls himself and fellow co-creator Carter Bays “five-time Emmy losers” as they earned five noms and no wins as writers on “Late Show With David Letterman.” “But to receive a nomination for our own show means so much more,” he said. How will the series change now that it has “Emmy-nominated” in front of its title? “In Season 6, we will be like ‘Mad Men’: (‘Mother’) will be dark and dramatic, and it will be set in the early 1960s,” Thomas said.

    “I love being in the mix again this year, but am absolutely over the moon about ‘How I Met Your Mother’s’ best comedy series nomination,” said supporting actor nominee and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris. “The only multicamera show in the mix! This kind of recognition is huge for us. Just huge. It should be quite the night. Being asked to host the show — terrific. Getting a third nomination — fantastic. Having the ability to scribble my name in the envelope backstage when no one is looking — priceless.”

    Of this year’s contenders, only “How I Met Your Mother” is produced in the classic multicam style. “It feels like an honor to represent that form among the nominees. In a way, that makes it a little extra special for us,” Thomas said, citing his “HIMYM” co-creator Carter Bays. For the “How I Met Your Mother” duo, their love of three-camera classic sitcoms like “Cheers” and “Taxi” was “the whole reason we wanted to become writers,” Thomas said.

  • If you’re near Montreal, the Just for Laughs Film Festival will include a screening of Cobie’s movie The Slammin’ Salmon on July 22nd, followed by a Q&A session with the guys from Broken Lizard.
  • Also, on the still-unannounced theatrical release:
  • “We don’t have the exact release date yet but it’s tentatively for this fall, hopefully October or November,” Lemme said. “We just sold it and hopefully we’ll get a release date soon so we can start promoting it … We’re already getting the best reviews we’ve ever gotten and, in part, it’s because of Michael Clarke Duncan’s performance. Nobody can believe how great he is. He’s fantastic.”

  • Here’s the trailer for Jason’s upcoming animated movie, Despicable Me:

    TrailerFreaks has links to direct downloads here.