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Greta Gerwig is headed to CBS.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress will anchor the network's planned How I Met Your Mother spinoff (aptly titled How I Met Your Dad) as Sally, a Peter Pan-type who casting notes describe as never having grown up.

She has no direction in life. She's likely going to split from her husband of one year. And she relies on her friends for advice and guidance.

If the sitcom gets picked up, it will follow the same concept as the original on which it's based, just with gender roles switched: Sally will be telling her kids, via flashback, how she met their father.

Emily Spivey wrote the pilot with HIMYM creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, who are on board to produce.

Are you excited for this spinoff? Go watch How I Met Your Mother online at TV Fanatic and sound off now on Gerwig's casting.

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Matt Lauer to the rescue?

There are words NBC executives never thought they'd say to themselves.

But with host Bob Costas ailing from an eye infection that has become the talk of the Twitterverse, the network has confirmed that Lauer will take his spot for tonight's coverage of the Sochi Olympics. 

Bob Costas Eye

“Reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but I think we’re going to have to go to the bullpen, and I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight,” Costas told Lauer by phone this morning on Today.

“Let’s hope it’s only tonight. I’m walking around, I might as well be playing ‘Marco Polo.’ I have no idea where I am.”

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Jack. Is. Back.

Or he's about to be, at least, as Fox teased the return of Jack Bauer this spring in the first official promo for 24: Live Another Day last night.

The reboot of this wildly popular series will feature Kiefer Sutherland's former CTU agent on the run in Europe, picking up four years after events on the Season 8 finale.

What can fans expect from the upcoming 12-week run? It looks like a bomb will hit in London, with Bauer and Chloe O'Brian emerging from the rubble, gun blazing.

Watch 24 online at TV Fanatic in order to catch up prior to the May 5 premiere and check out the awesome preview now:

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Break out the cereal and get in line for some soup... a Seinfeld reunion might actually be taken place!

Earlier this week, Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander were spotted at Tom's Restaurant, the setting of many meals and jokes throughout the storied history of this sitcom.

Were they filming a commercial An episode of Jerry's Web series?

Seinfeld Cast Pic

"It's neither, but it is not... not those things either. It's a secret project," Jerry mysteriously said today during an interview with WFAN in New York.

What could it be? Will we have a new set of Seinfeld quotes to celebrate?

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Less is often more on American Idol.

So with the singing competition only airing a one-hour episode on Thursday, viewers didn't need to deal with any terrible auditions, any extended montages, any wastes of time at all.

It was pretty much strong audition after strong audition, continuing the Season 13 practice of actually showcasing talent. Crazy, right?!?

American Idol in Atlanta

Which contestants made the best first impressions? Let's rundown the top five...

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Alison Sweeney is moving on from fake television drama to real-life drama at home.

The actress and Biggest Loser host announced during a taping of Ellen (which airs today) that she is leaving Days of Our Lives after 21 years as Samantha Brady.

Sweeney emphasizes her love for Sami and Salem and the job and her fans… but told the host she hasn't had more than a two-week vacation in decades and also has two adorable reasons to bid farewell at this time of her life.

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Jimmy Fallon will kick off his stint as host of The Tonight Show with one of the world's biggest movie stars and one of its most popular music acts.

The comedian - who teamed with Bruce Springsteen last week to mock Chris Christie's bridge scandal - announced yesterday that Will Smith and U2 will be featured on his February 17 debut.

  • Jimmy Fallon in a Tux
  • Will Smith Shot

NBC will replace Jay Leno with Fallon at midnight following the Winter Olympics.

He will then slide into his regular time slot a week later, with Seth Meyers taking over Late Night.

At least we assume this will happen. It's the plan. But you really never know when it comes to NBC, talk shows and Leno.

Are you excited for Fallon to host The Tonight Show?

 

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Olivier Martinez will soon be out for Revenge.

The lucky husband of Halle Berry will recur on the ABC drama as Pascal LeMarchal, the media magnate father of Karine Vanasse Margaux.

O. Martinez

Look for the character to show up some time this spring and to share a competitive history with Conrad.

Along with a complicated one with Victoria, according to Deadline. Intriguing!

The role will mark Martinez's first regular foray into U.S. television and comes as his wife has actually agreed to the same: Berry will headline Extant on CBS this summer.

Looking to catch up on Revenge? You can watch Revenge online at TV Fanatic before a new episode airs this Sunday.

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They both introduced new characters, they were both heavily promoted... and they both tanked in the ratings.

American Idol and Duck Dynasty returned to the airwaves last night, but the returns weren't especially triumphant.

Idol, for example, garnered 15 million total viewers, but only a 4.5 rating among 18-49-year olds, which set a record low for the series. This, despite America falling in love with Harry Connick, Jr.

Duck Dynasty Season 5, meanwhile, introduced viewers to Rebecca Robertson.

But the opener was down 3.5 million total households from its Season 4 premiere a year ago. Among the aforementioned key demographic, ratings fell by 33 percent.

Could fans have been turned off by the Phil Robertson controversy? It's possible.

Watch Duck Dynasty online now if you failed to catch either of the return episodes last night.

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The Coven will soon reach its conclusion.

So with Season 3 of his FX smash winding down, creator Ryan Murphy is starting to turn his attention to the fourth incantation of this unique television franchise.

And Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive scoop!

American Horror Story: Coven Trio

Murphy told that magazine this week that Season 4 will be "set in 1950," adding of what the theme/topic will be:

“If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!”

Ooh, German accent! Intriguing! And a tad confusing.

To what do you think Murphy is referring? And how will Season 4 possibly top Season 3? Watch American Horror Story online at TV Fanatic now and let's hear your theories!

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