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... You can watch the Fox sitcom The Goodwin Games right here before it premieres on television on Monday, May 20, but don't get too attached: Barring a miracle, this one is being burned off. []


... Now that we know what "The Mother" looks like, it's time to look ahead. The final season of How I Met Your Mother will take place entirely during Barney and Robin's wedding weekend where Ted meets the mama, and it will show all of the other characters meeting her first. I do not know if this is a good idea, so won't you tell me? [TV Line]

... In "I didn't expect this, but I'm pleasantly surprised" news, Game of Thrones writers and creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are penning an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I'm looking forward to hanging out with Charlie Kelly of House Gluehuff, King of the Rats. [Rob McElhenney's Twitter]

... TBS and TNT are taking a big step forward with regard to online TV viewing. This summer, both cable networks will be live-streamed online through various apps to cable and satellite subscribers. Elsewhere, ABC has announced that it is doing the same for mobile devices. I can't wait to watch Franklin & Bash on the bus and throw my phone out the window. [TBS and ABC via press release]


... John Reese has a permanent driver. Person of Interest is making Sarah Shahi a full-time regular next season, meaning the badass and hotass Agent Shaw will be sticking around to snark at our favorite leg-shooter. This is great news, but let's hope she stays fairly rogue; we don't need anyone joining Reese, Finch, and Bear's business permanently. [THR]

... Shakira said she is not returning to The Voice as a judge/mentor, which shouldn't be surprising because she was just keeping the chair warm for Christina Aguilera. Aguilera is returning next season after taking a year off to be an international pop music superstar. CeeLo Green is coming back, too. [Access Hollywood]

... In more inconsequential singing-competition-show judging news, He-Man, I mean Nicki Minaj (go on and click the link, trust me!), is reportedly not returning to the American Idol judges' table. Rumors are swirling that producers are clearing out the entire cast of judges in an effort to revamp the show after sliding ratings. [US Weekly]

... CBS's new comedy The Millers is losing some cast members already. The roles that belonged to Michael Rapaport and Mary Elizabeth Ellis are now being recast, though we don't know why. But maybe it was Margo Martindale's farts. Oh, you'll have to watch the trailer to get that one. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Simpsons will once again welcome former Saturday Night Live player Kristen Wiig to its audio booth. Wiig will voice an FBI agent in the episode "Homerland," which is due this fall. Wiig previously voiced a substitute teacher on the long-running series. [EW]

... Thrice-named actor Michael Raymond-James (Terriers) has been promoted to regular on ABC's Once Upon a Time, where he plays Neal/Baelfire. [TV Line]

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