TV on Tap: Barney Channels Uncle Sam for a “How I Met Your Mother” Halloween and More Halloween Specials

A Halloween How I Met Your Mother gives us Barney as Uncle Sam and more surprises.


The producers of Ringer seem to be trying to grab our attention by adding more hot guys to the show. This time its soap stud (Guiding Light, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives) Brody Hutzler joining the drama. Hutzler will play Madchen Amick’s husband. I appreciate the additional eye candy, but I’m hoping Ringer comes with more interesting stories.

ABC just bought a comedy from journalist and charter View host Lisa Ling about a Chinese and a Irish/Italian family who have to find a way to bridge their differences when two of the younger members get married. Between Rob Schneider’s CBS comedy, and the Ellen DeGeneres-produced Wietz & Wong (also at ABC) multi-generational comedies about the families of interracial marriages is definitely looking like the next big pilot season trend.

Yeah, this makes TLC’s reality shows about big families like 17 Kids and Counting and Jon & Kate Plus Eight even more unsettling.

Adam Levine just sold another project to NBC, this one is a drama set in the world of rock ’n roll. There’s no further information, but I’m definitely curious about the project.

After years of holding out, The CW’s shows will finally be available to watch on Hulu, which is good news for those of us with unreliable DVRs. The move might also give the struggling broadcast network enough money to create summer programming again and make up for how difficult it is to sell its shows into syndication.

When Conan records episodes in New York to celebrate his one-year anniversary, it sounds like he will officiate the wedding of a longtime staffer and his partner.

MTV got some solid ratings out of the return of Beavis & Butthead, though only a few of those viewers stuck around to check out Good Vibes afterward.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate’s Halloween includes the unveiling of his “Halloween Proud” set, a visit from Al Roker who will be cooking his favorite party foods and a look at Dina Manzo’s Halloween tabletop.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen gets a visit from Neil Patrick Harris who’ll be there to talk up the latest Harold and Kumar movie. Keep you fingers crossed NPH brings pictures of the twins to show off.

Teen Wolf Marathon (MTV) starting at 9:00 AM ET
MTV is celebrating Halloween with an all-day marathon of the hit supernatural series, covering the entire first season.

Ghost Hunters Live! (Syfy) 7:00 PM ET
If it’s Halloween that means its time for another edition of the popular six-hour live edition of Ghost Hunters, which will again include out Ghost Hunter Adam Berry.

Terra Nova (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The colonists return from their World Series-imposed hiatus to deal with the first murder to happen within the settlement. Meanwhile, Josh looks for a way to be reunited with his girlfriend while Elizabeth and Zoe try to figure out how to make sure an Ankylosaurus egg hatches.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
It’s a fateful Halloween for the gang as Ted finally meets up with the Slutty Pumpkin, Lily has pregnancy brain and Barney deals with a shocking discovery about himself.

Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
The final six perform a Halloween-inspired number and two group dances.

2 Broke Girls (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
Caroline decides she and Max need more training for their business and signs up for a cake decorating class, I’m just thankful they’re not using the storyline to get someone from one of those cake decorating reality shows to make a cameo.

Vanguard (Current) 9:00 PM ET
Current’s cutting-edge newsmagazine kicks off its sixth season with a look at the drug wars and the continuing battle over the second amendment by asking how the Mexican cartels get their guns.

Enlightened (HBO) 9:30 PM ET
Amy decides to spend her first weekend back home after treatment going kayaking with Levi, an adventure that forces her to face Levi’s old faults.

American Horror Story Marathon (FX) starting at 10:00 PM ET
One you’re done with the trick-or-treaters, FX has some scares for you with the first four episodes of its hit haunted house drama. Relive the days when Dylan McDermott’s backside was shown two or three times an episode (otherwise known as a whole month ago!)

Hawaii Five-O (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Halloween brings Robert Englund and Hawaiian ghost lore to the Five-0 as a couple making a documentary about a burial site are murdered. I’m hoping that their treatment of heiaus makes more sense than the way Alex O’Loughlin pronounces Kalakaua Avenue. (Though I still wish for a high-speed chase down the Kalanianaole Hwy.)

The A-List: Dallas (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
A disastrous photo shoot for Levi puts his relationships with Taylor and Ashley in danger.

Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
NBC’s newest newsmagazine promises a “hard news” focus starting with a look at anti-government activists in Syria from Richard Engel and more.

Death Valley (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
John-John gets to know Carla better when he gets a glimpse of her private life. Things gets personal for Dashell when he learns about a vampire who has been taking advantage of his niece.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) Midnight ET
For Halloween, Andy has Chris March, Gail Simmons and one of those Housewives visiting.

Cry Baby Lane (Teen Nick) Midnight ET
According to urban legend, this Nickelodeon movie from 2000 was so scary it was banned. Truth is, it was merely forgotten but since Teen Nick is remembering how The 90s Were All That, it’s digging up the movie about what happens to kids who disturb the bodies of a pair of conjoined twins who were separated in death and buried apart.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate unveils his “most dramatic kitchen makeover” and gets a visit from Rocco DiSpirito.

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Chaz Bono will be visiting tomorrow. 

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.