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'How I Met Your Mother': 'Office' alum Ellie Kemper to guest

How I Met Your Mother continues to build its slate of guest stars for the upcoming final season.

The latest addition? Ellie Kemper, who just finished a run as receptionist Erin on NBC’s The Office.

Kemper, who is set to appear in one episode (for now), will guest as Cassie, a pretty — and available! — guest at Barney and Robin’s wedding. TVLine first reported the casting.

She joins previously announced guest star Sherri Shepherd, who will play a woman Marshall meets on an airplane, and returning guest star Wayne Brady, who plays Barney’s bro.

How I Met Your Mother, which begins its final season Sept. 23, will hold its first-ever Comic-Con panel this Saturday, moderated by some EW reporter named Sandra Gonzalez.

'Game of Thrones' sets another piracy record

Game of Thrones was the must-watch show of the season — and it has the illegal-download numbers to prove it.

According to TorrentFreak, the HBO fantasy series’ third season is the most-pirated show of spring 2013, with 5.2 million downloads. The Big Bang Theory lands at No. 2 with 2.9 million, followed by How I Met Your Mother (2.85 million), The Walking Dead (2.7 million) and rookie series Hannibal (2.1 million).

This is just the latest piracy record set by GoT, which was named the most illegally downloaded TV series of 2012. When EW spoke with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in March, he saw the dubious record as somewhat of an honor.
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'How I Met Your Mother' cast going to Comic-Con for first time

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Better late than never! The cast of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother is going to Comic-Con for the first time this summer to help promote the show’s final season. The panel will include a preview of the new season along with actors Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pamela Fryman.

The show is one of 11 programs produced by 20th Century Fox TV going to the San Diego event next month. Here’s the full list with official descriptions: READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother': How Cristin Milioti got the mother of all roles -- EXCLUSIVE

So, who is the girl with the yellow umbrella?

Her name is Cristin Milioti, a 27-year-old New Jersey actress who’s shown up on Broadway, in films, and on television: The Broadway set will know Milioti as “Girl” in the musical version of Once, a role which earned her a Tony nomination last year; film buffs will recognize her from movies like 2012’s Mike Birbiglia comedy Sleepwalk with Me; and TV fans may remember her from The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, or — most notably — 30 Rock. (Milioti showed up in 2011 as a baby-voiced comedy writer whom Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) hired to spark a “femolution” at TGS.)

But how did Milioti get cast? How’d they keep her casting a secret? How did it feel to watch her shoot her first scene? EW exclusively talked to How I Met Your Mother co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas about bringing the actress into the fold.

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'HIMYM' unveils the mother! The creators answer your burning questions -- EXCLUSIVE

Yep, folks, we finally met the mother: Tonight’s How I Met Your Mother revealed actress Cristin Milioti as the show’s titular — and, until now, extremely elusive — character.

The unveiling took place in the final few seconds of the season 8 finale, as Milioti’s yet-unnamed character simply walked up to a Long Island Rail Road ticket booth to purchase one ticket to the fictional Farhampton, presumably to go play in the band at the impending nuptials between Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). The show didn’t exactly spell out the reveal (casual fans could have missed it), but there was one key to knowing the doe-eyed girl was the mother: the bright yellow umbrella she was holding. That’s the linchpin accessory the show’s narrator and father Ted (Josh Radnor) previously set up as the woman’s signature — and identifying — item.

EW was on set for the filming of the game-changing scene, and scored an exclusive interview with co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The pair revealed, among many other things, that we likely would have met the mother in May 2013 no matter what: The original plan was for the show to end after just eight seasons (meaning it would have been over…now), with the mother briefly introduced in the series finale. Only after HIMYM was extended to nine seasons did Bays and Thomas make the decision to reveal the mother before the final season — in tonight’s episode. (Though it seems Ted won’t be coming face-to-face with her until much later next season.)

While the scene answered the biggest burning question — who was the woman at the center of the saga that Ted has been reliving for his kids (and viewers) since the show first launched in 2005? — it left us with many, many more: Why do this now? Why didn’t they cast a big, big star? Why wasn’t the mother actually Robin? How was the long-awaited casting kept secret from the show’s incredibly rabid followers? Read on as Bays and Thomas break down the Mother of all reveals.

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'How I Met Your Mother' promo teases 'mother of all secrets' -- VIDEO

The How I Met Your Mother promo below will debut tonight during The Big Bang Theory, but we thought it was important to show it to you here first.

Why? Because it’s probably going to raise more than a few eyebrows. (Well, you technically only have two eyebrows…but they will be raised.)

In the promo for the show’s season finale, airing Monday, CBS Voiceover Man tells the audience to “get ready for the mother of all secrets,” which we hope means what we think it could mean…

Anticipation overwhelms me. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Glee,' 'Following': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

Get ready to read the word “finale” a lot. But ’tis the season, folks!

And as our favorite shows begin signing off (Go On) and others film their final installments before summer vacay, make sure you send in your burning questions! (SpoilerRoom@ew.com is still the best way. I can’t always comb the comments!)

Also (shameless self promotion time): Please make sure you pick up this amazing issue of EW, featuring Scandal on the cover. There’s lots of great scoop on the season to come — and I wrote it!

‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES': PAUL WESLEY DISHES ON STEFAN’S FUTURE

In the last new episode of The Vampire Diaries, Stefan (Paul Wesley) told Damon it was time they break their cycle of loving the same woman. To that end, Stefan said his plan is to 1.) Help Damon shove the cure down Elena’s throat and 2.) Get her out of his life so he can find a new one for himself. That last bit sounds pretty good to Wesley as he looks ahead to season 5. “I think that Stefan should go off and explore another town,” he tells EW. “I think Stefan is really interesting when he separates from the pack and explores his own demons. I think it’s time for him to maybe go off, and then come back later to Mystic Falls and see how that impacts the relationships that he has with Elena and Damon. I could just be saying that selfishly because I’d love a different storyline, but I also think just objectively it would be good for the show.” READ FULL STORY

CBS sets finale dates for 'NCIS,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'HIMYM,' and more

The end of the TV season is closer than you think! So start setting your plans — or, really, canceling all your plans. Need specific dates? You’re in luck. CBS has announced the finale dates for all its shows.

Check them out below. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother': Ted meets Future Ted and Future Barney -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

The March 25 episode of How I Met Your Mother won’t mark the first time the show has played with time-travel (See: season 5’s “The Window”) but it could be the greatest!

In the episode, Ted will meet future versions of himself and Barney, who show up to try to convince him to attend Robots Versus Wrestlers. (See an exclusive photo below.) As we know, this isn’t the first time Ted has been reluctant to attend the awesome-filled event. Back in season 5, he ditched the event — missing the chance to meet his Mexican wrestler doppelgänger — and instead chose to go to a fancy party. Lame, Ted. Lame.

Here’s hoping he makes a better decision this time around. Actually, we know he eventually does, since Ted previously stated that the event turns into an annual tradition for the gang. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother': Becki Newton to return -- EXCLUSIVE

Quinn is back!

After breaking off her engagement with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) earlier this season, EW has learned that Becki Newton’s Quinn will return to How I Met Your Mother for an episode, set to air April 15.

Details about Quinn’s return are being kept under wraps, but that’s not a surprise. This season of HIMYM has seen a few high-profile guest-star returns that were shrouded in secrecy, including Joe Manganiello, Rachel Bilson, and most recently, Kyle MacLachlan’s The Captain, who appeared two weeks ago to offer Lily a job.

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'How I Met Your Mother' gets season high ratings with Robin Sparkles

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A big night for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and The CW’s The Carrie Diaries. Coming off a final season renewal order, HIMYM delivered its highest rating of the season Monday.

The episode brought back Robin Sparkles and was seen by 10.3 million viewers and had a 4.0 among adults 18-49. That’s up 8 percent from the long-running comedy’s last original airing two weeks ago and ranked as the evening’s top-rated show.

The rise was all the more remarkable considering HIMYM was the only CBS show to perk up in the demo this week.

Put another way: Despite airing promos to 108 million viewers during the Super Bowl on Sunday, CBS’ lineup, including comedies such as Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls, was either flat or decreased slightly compared to previous airings. That’s disappointing for Broke Girls, whose stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs stripped down for a sexy and buzz-worthy pole-dancing ad during the big game (sort of like not getting a phone call after putting out).

The numbers show once again that sports is unreliable for promoting entertainment shows — particularly programs that have been around for awhile that viewers have already made up their minds about.

Meanwhile Fox lost some of its Following. After showing remarkable steadiness for Week 2, last night’s episode of the Kevin Bacon serial killer thriller slipped 12 percent. That loss matches the slippage of the drama’s lead-in, Bones.

Over on The CW, some great news for The Carrie Diaries. The freshman show had a disappointing series premiere four weeks ago, but appears to be getting more popular. Last week the 1980s-set soap moved up just slightly among some core demos. No big deal, just a tick of the needle. But last night the show jumped 40 percent among adults 18-49 to post its biggest rating of the season (check out Tim Stack’s recap here).

Also Monday: ABC’s Bachelor and Castle were down a bit. NBC’s Biggest Loser declined 13 percent and new drama Deception didn’t improve.

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'How I Met Your Mother': Watch the latest unearthed Robin Sparkles video 'P.S. I Love You'

She did it again!

As promised, tonight’s How I Met Your Mother featured a much darker version of Robin’s pop alter-ego, Robin Sparkles, than we’ve ever seen before. The result of Sparkles’ descent into darkness? This Alanis Morissette-inspired tune that debuted in tonight’s episode.

While you wait on your full recap of the episode, check out the song below. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' scoop: Kyle MacLachlan returning!

The Captain is back!

EW has confirmed that Kyle MacLachlan will make a grand return to How I Met Your Mother in an episode slated to air Feb. 18. But what prompts Zoey’s (Jennifer Morrison) ex husband to cross paths with the gang again? Details are being kept under wraps, but Vulture reports that The Captain reaches out to Ted, prompting a Ted-level stress-out.

George Van Smoot, better known as The Captain, was last seen in season 6’s “Garbage Island.”

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ officially renewed for FINAL season
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