Just days after the world counted down to the start of a new year, CBS’s How I Met Your Motherthis week surprised viewers by — we now realize in retrospect — counting down to the end of Marvin Eriksen Sr.’s life. It was a stark twist served up at the end of an otherwise light episode. Series cocreator Carter Bays spoke with TVLine about the comedy’s decision to follow in the footsteps of some revered sitcom predecessors by dipping into the drama well.
TVLINE: Had you decided heading into this season that Marshall (played by Jason Segel) would lose his dad (Bill Fagerbakke)? This was a sort of right of passage that we knew we wanted to take the characters through. We structured the season as the “before” and “after” – the first 12 episodes of the season were setting up the situation, and now it will all unfold. We’ve explored a lot of other big mileposts — most of them are pretty happy, some of them are sad. This is certainly one of the saddest, but it felt like something we wanted to see our characters grapple with.
TVLINE: What TV comedy precedents did you have in mind as you approached this episode? Definitely Cheers. And Family Ties, especially. When [HIMYM cocreator] Craig [Thomas] and I were first developing this show, those were two that we wanted to emulate in that regard. On Family Ties, you could do an episode where a character deals with alcoholism or Alex’s friend dies in a car accident…. Or Coach [dying] on Cheers. What made those stories heartbreaking is that you love these characters so much, and our goal with this show was to create characters you love. The great thing about Cheers is that all of the comedy came from character. As a result, all the drama, when they did it, came from character as well.
“What up B-dog? Long time, no bros! Are we going to tear it up tonight, or what? Here’s what’s on the rocket-docket! My wife and I put the cheese out at 7, Cranium at 8. 9pm we watch 27 Dresses, everybody’s home by 11! Boo-yah!”—Crazy Willie (Barney Stinson’s friend)
Everything about this headline and article makes me want to stick my head into a thresher.
The most exasperating part? It’s a toss-up between the Business Insider listicle citation and the curious lack of examples of this “craft,” which you’d think would be worth highlighting since there’s a whole “academy” dedicated to its practice.
This is a sample of the Groupon in my area:
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Are you kidding me, Groupon? You are posting coupon information, not writing a romance novel.