Please don't make "How I Met Your Father"!

The "HIMYM" spinoff idea sounds unimaginative, says James Poniewozik. "When I say that HIMYF is a terrible idea, I say it out of love, not hate," he adds. "I wouldn't bother writing at all about the idea of spinning off a sitcom I didn’t care about. A spinoff is misguided not because of what’s bad about HIMYM but because of what is, or was, distinctively, lovably good about it."


"SpongeBob" fired
The harsh economic climate will hit Bikini Bottom in an upcoming episode titled, "SpongeBob, You're Fired!"


London restaurant is celebrating "Breaking Bad" with the Heisenburger
Lucky Chip in East London has a full "Breaking Bad" menu that includes a Jesse Pinkman burger, Los Pollos Hermanos-inspired chicken and Onion Frings. Each Heisenburger comes with free "blue meth" candy.


CW developing a drama based on "The Avenger" pulp magazine
"The Avenger" follows a young woman who lost her parents but learns she has a superpower that allows her to change her face. The pulp series dates back to 1939.


PBS will air "Vicious," a UK sitcom about a gay couple starring Ian McKellan
McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a constantly bickering couple who've lived in the same flat for nearly half a century.


Time Warner Cable lost 306,000 subscribers from its dispute with CBS
That represents about 10% of the customers affected by the blackout.


"Totally Biased's" viewership has disappeared on FXX
W. Kamau Bell is barely registering viewers on his talk show, except for the night his talk show runs after "It's Always Sunny" and "The League."


Carrie Fisher joins FXX comedy "Legit"

She'll play a comedy development executive.


World Series ends with 18 million viewers
Thanks to the Boston Red Sox victory, Fox posted the best night in the key 18-49 demo of any network since January.


Carol Burnett visits "Hawaii Five-0" as Aunt Deb

Check her out with Steve McGarrett from the Thanksgiving episode.


Yale's Skull & Bones is getting the ABC drama treatment
The secret society that counts George W. Bush and John Kerry as members is being developed into a drama based on the book "The Secrets Of The Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League And The Hidden Paths Of Power."


Amazon announces its 1st-ever drama pilots, including Chris Carter's "The After"
"The After" will join LAPD homicide detective drama "Bosch" on Amazon's slate of pilots that will be available for viewer feedback.


Elmo wore a tie for his visit to the White House

"Sesame Street's" Rosita, meanwhile, wore pearls during their presentation with Michelle Obama to promote healthy eating. PLUS: Aziz Ansari hangs with Grover.


Matt Lauer dresses as "Baywatch's" Pam Anderson for Halloween
Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie were "Laverne & Shirley," while Al Roker dressed as Mr. T this morning. PLUS: Ellen dresses as Nicki Minaj for Halloween.