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CBS is moving forward with a How I Met Your Mother spinoff.

The network confirmed this week that creator Carter Bays will write and produce a pilot titled How I Met Your Dad that will follow the same premise as his previous long-running drama, though the new series will be told from a female perspective.

How I Met Your Mother Cast Pic

CBS is referring to the spinoff as a "kindred spirit" to How I Met Your Mother, though Bays has taken to Twitter and shot down talk that fresh characters will be introduced on the How I Met Your Mother Season 9 finale.

“This will be its own, totally new show," Bays Tweeted.

How I Met Your Mother will conclude its run in May.

Will you watch How I Met Your Dad?

 

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John Oliver has turned his guest anchoring stint into a permanent anchoring gig.

The Comedy Central stalwart - who filled in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this summer and received raved revies in the process - is leaving his post as a correspondent and headinf to HBO.

He'll host a weekly comedy series on that network that will debut in 2014 and poke fun at various political and pop cultural events.

John Oliver at the Desk

“We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”

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Please no, she said.

With talk of a Murder, She Wrote remake swimming around NBC - it would star Octavia Spencer as a nurse who also solves crimes - actress Angela Lansbury has come out and made her feelings on the idea well known.

And it's safe to say she isn't on board.

Murder, She Wrote Pic

Said Lansbury to The Associated Press:

"I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,' because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person."

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In television news nearly as shocking as The Walking Dead receiving a fifth season pick-up, ITV has announced Season 5 is a go for Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey Season 4 Promo Pic

The British sensation is currently airing Season 4 in The UK and will premiere those new episodes on PBS on January 5 at 9/8c.

Season 5, meanwhile, will air overseas in the fall of 2014 and not until early 2015 on American airwaves.

Still... tea and crumpets for all! This is exciting news.

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Forget Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

Actual superheroes are coming to a small screen near you in 2015.

Netflix and Marvel have announced a partnership that will result in at least four live-action dramas over the next few years, featuring such famous comic book characters as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron First and Luke Cage.

Moreover, these shows will all lead into a special mini series event based on The Defenders.

Marvel Peeps

"This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty," said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment.

"This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure."

As long as they don't hire Ben Affleck to play Daredevil, we're so very in.

Which upcoming title has you most excited?

 

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Don't be scared, FX viewers, but 13 new episodes of American Horror Story are headed your way in the fall of 2014.

The network made the easy call today to renew this Ryan Murphy-created drama for at least one more season, as American Horror Story: Coven continues to scare up the highest ratings in the history of this unique franchise.

American Horror Story: Coven Cast

Said FX President Landgraf in a statement:

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Lifetime may bill itself as "television for women," but it robbed men of one of life's greatest treasures last week: Jennifer Love Hewitt's cleavage.

Yes, the network canceled The Client List after two seasons.

Jennifer Love Hewitt on Lifetime

Ratings for the drama fell a bit - from 2.7 million for the Season 2 premiere to 2 million for the Season 2 finale - but insiders actually saw the series got the axe due to demands made by Hewitt.

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We always knew Katherine Pierce was a bad mutha.

But an actual bad mother? Of Nadia the Traveler? Who was abandoned in 1492 and got herself turned into a vampire just to track down her globe-trotting parent and save her from Silas a few centuries later?

Not sure any viewer saw that one coming.

Yes, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 5 dropped two bombshells when it came to everyone's favorite plot device, Katherine:

  1. Nadia is her daughter.
  2. Katherine simply can't die.

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CBS viewers have already met the Mother.

Are they ready to learn all about the Father?

According to Deadline sources, network executives have begun negotiations with How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas to spin their beloved sitcom off after it wraps up Season 9 in May.

The new series would be titled How I Met Your Father and it would center on a new group of friends, one of whom is a woman telling her kids all about how she fell for their dad.

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney

These new characters would be introduced on the HIMYM finale and the new show would also use McLaren’s Pub as a hang-out.

Spinoffs, of course, are all the rage these days. There's The Originals and Ravenswood and there's already plans in the works for a Walking Dead spinoff. We may also see NCIS: New Orleans and The CW is considering a Supernatural spinoff.

Would you watch How I Met Your Father?

 

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It's pretty much the biggest show in TV history, so this is pretty much the most obvious news in TV history:

The Walking Dead has been picked up for a fifth season.

Rick Grimes Picture

AMC announced the renewal this afternoon, acknowledging the popularity of The Walking Dead Season 4 (it ranks number-one in ALL of television among 18-49-year olds) in a humorous press release.

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