CBS picks up “How I Met Your Dad”
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff has been officially greenlighted for next season. UPDATE: CBS is denying it picked up any pilots, though multiple reports say "HIMYD" is a go.


“The Simpsons” boss reacts to claim that a 2001 episode helped spawn the Syrian Civil  War
"Yes, we had the amazing foresight to predict conflict in the Middle East,” exec producer Al Jean says sarcastically.


Letterman: I bombed at Spike TV’s Don Rickles tribute
“It was just humiliating,” David Letterman says before apologizing.


“New Girl” and “Mindy Project” are rushing through romance too quickly
It’s the opposite of “How I Met Your Mother’s” problem — both Fox series, says Kate Hakala, "have jettisoned seasons of bad dates and career follies and replaced them with a swift resolution of the main character's unresolved sexual tensions — that secret spice of the sitcom — all too quickly."


Piers Morgan calls Larry King a “constant poisonous twerp”
Reacting to King’s latest interview (with Howard Stern) criticizing his CNN replacement, Morgan tweeted: "Hey Larry ... you don't need to KEEP bitching about me. It's over. Relax."


How “True Tori” puts its show on the air so quickly
While shows like “Lindsay” take six months from filming to air, Tori Spelling’s reality show is rushed in 10 days to three weeks.


Does “The Mindy Project’s” deal with Microsoft hurt the show?
Shouldn’t at least one character have an iPhone?


Does Norm Macdonald have a realistic shot at hosting “The Late Late Show”?
His being the polar opposite of Seth Meyers might give him a leg up.


“Surviving Jack” co-creator: “My Television show Was Cancelled. F*ck”
Justin Halperin, who also created the canceled “Sh*t My Dad Says,” writes on his Tumblr: “Although I feel sh*tty about the end result, I am one of the lucky motherf*ckers that was allowed to make a TV show.  Six years ago I was living with my parents.  My possessions were as follows: an air mattress and 30% of a 1999 Ford Ranger. That’s it.  So although I won’t get a chance to make anymore episodes of this show, it’s basically a downright f*cking miracle that I was able to make any.”


"Comedy Bang! Bang!” returns for a 3rd season that will include its series finale — in Episode 5
Says Scott Aukerman: “The season starts to get really super weird because we air our series finale — not season finale, but series — as the fifth episode out of the 20 that we’re doing this year. We say, 'Hey, so… we’ve already taped it years and years down the line, but here’s our series finale!' So we’ll air it, and we’ll show how the show wraps up years down the line.” PLUS: How to catch up on “Comedy Bang! Bang!"


Watch Charlize Theron’s “SNL” promos with The Black Keys
“Hey Charlize. Hey Black Keys.”


Relive Cristina Yang’s greatest “Grey’s Anatomy” moments
Here are 30 of Sandra Oh’s best scenes. PLUS: Ranking ShondaLand’s 20 most romantic speeches.


See the “Game of Thrones” theme played on wine glasses
YouTube user Dan Newbie a water jug and pans to recreate the theme song.


If Jon Stewart is evangelical, John Oliver is professorial
Oliver is doing something different with “Last Week Tonight,” says Ian Crouch. Unlike “The Daily Show,” where Stewart has “become the leader of an audience of acolytes, (Oliver) seems to be out to subtly correct his audience’s prejudices and blind spots.”


Can “Nashville” be saved by its concerts?
The struggling ABC series’ strong suit, amid the lame storylines, has been its music. PLUS: Hank Williams inspired Deacon.


Spike TV spinning off “Tattoo Nightmares”
The cable network has ordered "Tattoo Nightmares Miami.”


See a glimpse of “Masters of Sex” Season 2
Exec producer Michelle Ashford says of the 2nd season: "Whereas most shows stay the same, it’s one of those where it will look really different every year."


“Maron” returns for a Season 2 as laid back as Season 1
Unlike Louis CK and “Louie,” Marc Maron isn’t aiming get heavy or deep. PLUS: There’s something about the podcast scenes that are more spontaneous and genuine, and Maron says he had more confidence going into Season 2.