Fall TV Preview: CSI: NY Serves Up 'Fun' Days Off, Temptation for Flack and... a New Li'l Messer?

Perpetually on the bubble, CBS’ CSI: NY was blessed earlier this year with an unexpected ninth season, which launches tonight at 8/7c. Given the 11th hour reprieve, it would have been entirely understandable for executive producers Pam Veasey and Zach Reiter to approach this season as the long-running procedural’s last — but is it? Perhaps not, say the showrunners. READ MORE

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on HIMYM, Community, Good Wife, Castle, Vampire Diaries and More!

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Question: Do you have any more news on Castle? —Kaitlyn
Ausiello: In the category of “fun” episodes on tap for Season 5, series boss Andrew Marlowe is hoping to have the team investigate a murder at a sci-fi convention — “That should be fun, given Nathan [Fillion]’s background and how much of a rock star he is at Comic-Con” — and maybe do a riff on …READ MORE & GET SPOILED

CBS Boss 'Optimistic' About HIMYM Season 9, Has Plan to 'Solve' Sunday's NFL Delay Problem

CBS is inching closer to a deal to bring How I Met Your Mother back for a ninth and possibly final season.

“We’re in early conversations and we’re pretty optimistic,” CBS president Nina Tassler said Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “[But] we’re not there yet.”

Tassler went on to say that HIMYM …READ MORE