Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

Jason Segel says writing for kids helps him recapture the magic of childhood

In addition to being an actor and screenwriter, How I Met Your Mother alum Jason Segel is also a successful children’s author. His first book series, Nightmares!, which he co-writes with Kirsten Miller, is about a young boy whose worst nightmares come to life. And the pair recently made the jump into YA, with …

What bad habit did you pick up from popular culture? 

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

You’re The Worst writer to try and make that How I Met Your Mother spin-off happen

Just a few days ago, Fox expressed an interest in taking another crack at the How I Met Your Mother spin-off that it’s been trying to make for the last several years, noting that a previous attempt from a pair of This Is Us executive producers had been scrapped and that it was looking for a new writer to come up with…

Two This Is Us writers want to resurrect the failed How I Met Your Mother spin-off

Some ideas are just too good to die, and some ideas simply refuse to die whether they’re good or not. It’s unclear which of those two the concept of a gender-swapped How I Met Your Mother spin-off is, but either way it’s an idea that’s apparently never going to go away. It first popped up in 2013 as How I Met Your Dad…

Urkel, The Fonz, ALF, and other TV characters “Can’t Stop The Feeling”

Nothing injects a bit of funk into a television series like a few characters breaking it down on the dance floor. Whether it’s a serious drama, a wacky sitcom, or some dramedy that melds the two—TV writers and producers find excuses to let their characters cut a little rug on the boob tube. All of that dancing about…

Here’s the pilot script for CBS’ failed How I Met Your Dad series

One of the bigger curiosities in recent TV history is the shelved How I Met Your Mother spin-off, How I Met Your Dad. Given the phenomenal success of HIMYM and the unexpected casting of Greta Gerwig as the central husband-hunting character (in this case, one who was also going through a divorce), HIMYD seemed like a…

Who do you ’ship?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Bob Saget gets queasily kinky in this Fifty Shades Of Grey trailer lip dub

“I don’t do romance. My tastes are very… singular,” says the comedian and actor best known for portraying a kindly widower on a family-friendly sitcom beloved by children. Bob Saget lends the warm, affable dad voice he brought to 192 episodes of Full House and 208 more of How I Met Your Mother to a newly-released lip…