<p>Jason Segel in &quot;How I Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Jason Segel in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Daisy'

Ted solves the mystery of where Lily went to in the night, and Robin bonds with her mother

Okay, so tonight was a Mother-less "How I Met Your Mother," which either means we get an opportunity to table discussion of the "Is the Mother dead in 2030?" question(*) or it means that her absence will make us focus on that issue all the more.

(*) Cristin Milioti gave an interview where she called the idea "insane," but it's also possible that she's being on message for the producers, who've been known to dissemble in the press before. Or people have pointed out that last week's episode was called "Vesuvius," and that earlier in the season Ted realized that word didn't fit in a puzzle, which could mean the whole thing could just be one more head fake from Bays and Thomas. It is up to you to decide what option you prefer.

"Daisy" was otherwise another final season episode that was very broad for much of the running time, with callbacks to old characters (the Captain and BoatsBoatsBoats) and running gags ("The Mosby Boys"), but that then went for a big emotional ending, and a new glimpse of the future.

What did everybody think? Did you like Tracey Ullman as Robin's mom? Did it all hang together, or did the conclusion feel unearned? Or did you just spend the entire thing pondering the latest Mother mystery?
 
Have at it.

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<p>Johnny Sequoyah and Jake McLaughlin in &quot;Believe.&quot;</p>

Johnny Sequoyah and Jake McLaughlin in "Believe."

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Review: Alfonso Cuarón directs NBC's 'Believe'

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The 'Gravity' helmer's work is the only distinctive part of superhero saga

There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of Abrams' name as a drawing card.

With "his" new NBC drama "Believe" (it sneak previews tonight at 10 before moving to Sundays at 9), Abrams has cleverly outsourced the name-branding to one of the few creators in the business with an even higher profile at the moment: Oscar-winning "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón, who co-created the series and directed its pilot episode. As co-creator of the show, Cuarón seems less likely to vanish like Martin Scorsese from "Boardwalk Empire"(*), but I also don't expect him to direct an episode again anytime soon.

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<p>How seriously did &quot;True Detective&quot; creator Nic Pizzolatto want us to take Rust Cohle&#39;s philosophizing?</p>

How seriously did "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto want us to take Rust Cohle's philosophizing?

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'True Detective' creator Nic Pizzolatto talks season 1

Why end it that way? How big was the conspiracy? And what about season 2?

Earlier tonight, "True Detective" concluded its first season — and, with it, the stories of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. I reviewed the finale here, and as a bookend to a conversation we had before the season started, I spoke with the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, about the finale and the season as a whole (along with a vague but intriguing hint about season 2, which hasn't been officially ordered yet, but only because I suspect HBO is waiting until they've signed the actors they want before announcing). That's coming up just as soon as I strike you as more of a talker than a doer...

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<p>Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart in &quot;True Detective.&quot;</p>

Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart in "True Detective."

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Season finale review: 'True Detective' - 'Form and Void'

Cohle and Hart try to get their man as their story comes to a close

A review of tonight's "True Detective" season finale coming up just as soon as I ask you what "scented meat" is...

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<p>Zosia Mamet as Shoshana in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Zosia Mamet as Shoshana in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Role-Play'

Hannah tries to spice things up with Adam, Marnie gets a job and Jessa sinks lower
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I organize my newspapers, eat muffins and go to the bathroom in a coat...

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<p>Larry Gilliard Jr. as Bob in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Larry Gilliard Jr. as Bob in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Alone'

Two groups of prison survivors struggle to stick together

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer you a serious piggyback...

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<p>Kristen Bell is &quot;Veronica Mars&quot; once again.</p>

Kristen Bell is "Veronica Mars" once again.

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Movie review: 'Veronica Mars' returns to dark, witty life

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The Kickstarter-funded movie is more than just fan-service, but fans should love it anyway

However improbable its existence may be, however unconventional its funding was, the "Veronica Mars" movie exists. And it's a blast.

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, taking his slipcover suit out for a spin.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, taking his slipcover suit out for a spin.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Sakizuke'

Hannibal and Will each pursue the color pallet killer

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as it sounds like I'm unemployed...

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<p>&quot;Resurrection.&quot;</p>

"Resurrection."

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Review: ABC's 'Resurrection' suffers badly compared to 'The Returned'

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Skip the American show about the dead returning to life and watch the French instead

Look, I hate to be That Guy who sees an American version of a foreign film or show and just tells you to watch the original. It's such a cliché, and it ignores the fact that American remakes can be wonderful in their own right. (Case in point: "The Office.")

Having said that, the only thing of value I can tell you about ABC's new drama series "Resurrection" is that you are much better off simply going to Netflix to stream the first season of Sundance's French import "The Returned."

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot; Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) get banished to the Outlands.</p>

On "Community," Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) get banished to the Outlands.

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Review: 'Community' - 'APP Development and Condiments'

A new social app turns Greendale into a dystopian hellscape ruled by Shirley

A quick review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I own stock in Trivial Pursuit's Baby Boomers Edition...

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