TVLine Items: HIMYM Plans Super-Sized Holiday Ep, Dirty Jobs Goes Out of Business and More!

How I Met Your Mother has a super-sized Christmas gift for fans.

Co-creator Craig Thomas has announced via Twitter that CBS will air an hour-long holiday installment on Dec. 17 — the series’ first ever XL ep.

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“Some really big crap happens!” he teased. Like mayhaps a Barney and Robin surprise engagement? One can dream!

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Discovery has scrapped two of its long-running series, Dirty Jobs and American Chopper. The latter will air its final installment Dec. 11. (Mike Rowe first announced the Dirty cancellation in a HuffPo blog post on Wednesday.)

• Mia Kirshner (The Vampire Diaries) will guest-star in an episode of USA Network’s upcoming series Graceland, reports. From White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, the series centers on various undercover law enforcement agents living together in Southern California. She’ll play a medical marijuana farmer.

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• Camille Guaty (Las Vegas) and Charlie Bewley (Twilight) have booked multi-ep arcs on The Vampire Diaries. Per, Guaty will play a woman from Professor Shane’s past, while Bewley joins as a mystery man named Vaughn.

• Judd Apatow (Girls) revealed via Conan O’Brien’s web series Serious Jibber-Jabber that The Simpsons is putting into production a spec script he wrote some 22 years ago. The installment involves Homer being hypnotized into thinking he’s a 10-year-old.

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Comments (26)

  • Bet we see the mother’s right elbow.

    Comment by cage – November 21, 2012 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • :-O In season 2 episode 19 scene 4 line 12, Narrator Ted says the Mother didn’t HAVE a right elbow. OHMYGODTHELACKOFCONTINUITY.

      Comment by Lauren – November 21, 2012 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh cage, I think I love you ;)

      Comment by tripoli – November 21, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I won’t miss American Chopper–we gave up on it long ago–but will miss Dirty Jobs, and especially Mike Rowe.

    Comment by MelindaB – November 21, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HIMYM better be a worthwhile hour long episode !! No more oft this Ted and Robin thing, I can’t stand that anymore. Just when you think Ted’s over the whole Robin thing it’s brought back up again, soooo annoying! I mean it was noted in season 1 episode 2 that Robin was in fact “aunt Robin” so why make his affection for her be known during the entire series, so frustrating. “hey kids, i used to be madly in love with your ant robin for ten years” uhhhh awkward !!!! They better be officially done with that story line and move on with her and Barney. Ok rant over..

    Comment by JO – November 21, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The fact that they keep bringing up the Ted/Robin thing almost makes me want to never watch the show again. But after investing so much time in the series I feel like I have to stick around until the bitter end.

      Comment by amandareynolds – November 21, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I hear ya. In the same boat.

        Comment by tripoli – November 21, 2012 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This comment is just perfection!!!!

      Comment by Stella – November 21, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this is exactly why ive started to get bored this season. we hadnt heard about ted/robin for years then they bring it up in season 7 and it still plays a big part in the show despite the fact that we know that it goes nowhere. even the funny stuff has all but disappeared from the show this season. i swear if i wasnt so invested in who the mother is i would have given up back in that season 7 episode i talked about

      Comment by Alan – November 21, 2012 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agree with JO!

    Comment by MellyMel – November 21, 2012 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HIMYM is still awesome. I hope they all agree that they need a real final season after this one. Besides my Monday nights without HIMYM wouldn’t be the same.

    Comment by Daniela – November 21, 2012 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still watch Dirty Jobs all the time, I think it’s on Discovery America (or whatever it’s called). I hope he gets a new show somewhere, I need some Mike Rowe on my TV.

    Comment by C (@gohumanbeings) – November 21, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • agree even I prefer Ted and Robin than Barney and Robin because I love the old Barney he was extra funny and badass Robin. Last season she was always whining, sad, angry…
    And I’m over the fact the show became BR show! I want the mother now and funny Marshall/Lily please come back!

    Comment by shay – November 21, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just hate that about Dirty Jobs. I have noticed the hiatus getting longer and seemingly less new episodes when the show did air. Still it is hard to imagine no more Mike Rowe and crew.

    Comment by Amanda – November 21, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Magician’s Code Part 1 and Part 2 were actually HIMYM’s first XL episode, but this is the first XL Christmas episode. Oddly the titles are The Silence of the Jinx, and The Robin. Makes it seem more like two episodes airing together than one single episode.

    Comment by D'Arcy – November 21, 2012 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Did they run out of jobs or something?!?!

    Comment by Midori004 – November 21, 2012 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a shame about both shows getting canned. While American Chopper isn’t the best, it’s still solid compared to other like-minded shows. Dirty Jobs on the other hand is fantastic, I just love Mike Rowe and will miss the show a lot.

    Comment by Kasper F. Nielsen – November 21, 2012 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awwww I will miss Dirty Jobs :( We love Mike Rowe, hopefully someone will get him another show.

    Comment by TaraMisu – November 21, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mike Rowe already did the dirtiest job there is, try to get Americans to vote for Mitt Romney, I guess hes peaked. lol

    Comment by A.J. (@ctownlegend88) – November 21, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is like a thanksgiving turkey: stick a fork in it, it’s done.

    Comment by JB Smooove – November 22, 2012 12:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Some really big crap happens”

    Truer words have never been spoken. Just tune in the last 2 minutes because the rest are filler anyway.

    Comment by Ethan – November 22, 2012 03:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do u know what is going to happen??

      Comment by JD – November 22, 2012 05:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait for that Xmas ep. <3 :)

    Comment by ! – November 24, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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