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.
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.
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:
Steve Olson (production designer, with three Emmy wins for HIMYM), Pamela Fryman (executive producer and director of most episodes), Suzy Mamann Greenberg (co-executive producer), Josh Radnor, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Academy CEO John Shaffner, and Jason Segel.
Fun with numbers: Based on data from tvbythenumbers.com, last week HIMYM was the third most-watched half-hour comedy on network TV (behind Two and a Half Men and Worst Week). It had the second-best 18-49 numbers (behind Men, and tied with The Office) and the second-best 18-34 numbers (behind The Office, tied with 30 Rock).
Footage of NPH getting dunked on Ellen last week has finally surfaced!
Variety’s Q&A with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas has been posted. Between that and Cleveland Magazine’s interview with Carter Bays, there’s a lot of talk about how much of the show is based in real life. [There's an extension of the Cleveland interview here - to see the video, you'll have to be logged out of Facebook.]
USA Today ran a story about the mystery surrounding the mother, with some input from Josh Radnor and Craig Thomas.
Neil Patrick Harris will provide the voice of the villain in the upcoming game Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard. (Matt Hazard will be voiced by Will Arnett.) You can see him talk about his character here (it’s the fourteenth segment on the timeline), and he was in this promo for Game Trailers TV.
TV Guide got a quote from Carter Bays about Alyson’s pregnancy.
You guys, I will be so glad when Monday’s episode airs and I can stop treating every scrap of information about the episode like it’s a major spoiler. But since it hasn’t aired yet: Two batches of links! The first batch contains no Shelter Island spoilers.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has signed on to play Jillian in 4.08. Spoiler level: Nothing new for those of you who read yesterday’s post, nothing major for those of you who didn’t. He just does the whole “Sigler will play Jillian, who is…” thing, and it’s a) not entirely correct, so far as I know, and b) not very spoilery at all.
This aired a few weeks ago, but TV Guide just put it on YouTube. No spoilers (this was filmed two months ago), and they basically threw every single behind-the-scenes clip they could find into this, going back to Season Two, but there are some great interviews with the cast, as well as Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pam Fryman. Most notably, in the first video, Alyson Hannigan endorses The Hair.
And Josh Radnor kicks ass at HIMYM trivia, only to be stumped by the lyrics to Let’s Go to the Mall:
According to Just Jared, Josh Radnor is in the October issue of the LA Times magazine – it’s unclear whether it’s just that one quote or if there’s a full interview. Anyone got a copy handy?
Television Without Pity interviewed Craig Thomas. It’s a great interview, lots of information – if you’re concerned about spoilers, I would say it’s safe. He does talk about upcoming episodes, but it’s all very general, and the most specific he gets is saying who Jason Jones will play.
CBS is testing out an interactive video site – basically, while watching full episodes online, you can comment on them with others who are watching, compete in trivia contests, and throw tomatos at (or blow kisses to) the characters onscreen. Currently the only episode available (for all of CBS, not just How I Met Your Mother) is The Best Burger in New York.
BuddyTV has put up the next video from their set visit a few weeks ago – this one’s a Jason Segel interview.
[Spoilers: Jason doesn't say anything spoilery, but while he's answering the Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Chalke questions, they show some video of Sarah, Jason, and Alyson shooting scenes for an upcoming episode.]
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