HeldenFiles: Several goodbyes in this week’s TV

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Ted (Josh Radnor) finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother (Cristin Milioti) on the special one-hour series finale of How I Met Your Mother, Monday, on the CBS Television Network. (Ron P. Jaffe/Fox Television)

There are lots of TV goodbyes this week, including three different ones on CBS.

Monday brings the one-hour series finale of How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m. on the network. Over nine seasons, the show has led us up to the moment when Ted (Josh Radnor) meets his children’s mother (Cristin Milioti) and viewers have been promised that the moment finally arrives in the finale.

Although the series has often been funny and clever, especially in the way it plays with narrative and points of view, it has hit some bumps. The less-than-good current season stretched out the wedding weekend of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) to exhausting length.

There has also been a lot of speculation about whether the show will hit a grim turn; one episode suggested that the Mother will have a tragic death. And some viewers have wondered if the Ted who is telling his children how he met the Mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and passing on the story before he has lost all memory of it.

Beyond all that, Monday’s show is the last chance for the series to demonstrate Ohio pride. Shaker Heights native co-creator Carter Bays and Columbus native Radnor have been party to plenty of Buckeye references, helped along by having Ted come from Cleveland.

The characters on The Good Wife, meanwhile, will spend tonight’s episode dealing with the death of Will Gardner (Josh Charles, who decided to leave the series). Although some of the reactions have been hinted at in promos for the telecast, there’s plenty more to be seen, especially as Alicia (Julianna Margulies) faces the loss of Will — and the significance of a phone call he made to her shortly before his death.

The show is set for 9 tonight but you may want to put some extra time in your DVR. CBS has games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament earlier in the day, and a long-running game or two could make the prime-time starts slide later.

CBS has what fans hope will be a temporary farewell on Monday to Intelligence, the Josh Holloway series, which has its first season finale at 10 p.m. (No word yet on a second-season pickup.)

In the finale, Gabriel (Holloway) and Riley (Meghan Ory) go hunting for sleeper agents within the government, with shocking results.

Nor is CBS the only network to be saying goodbyes. AMC’s The Walking Dead has its season finale at 9 tonight. The plot teaser from AMC: “As multiple paths collide, Rick comes face to face with sheer brutality. Will he and the group have what it takes to survive?” The telecast will be followed at 10 p.m. by a new installment of Talking Dead, with host Chris Hardwick chatting up Walking Dead showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple and Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick.

Raising Hope ends its series run with a one-hour telecast on Fox at 9 p.m. Friday. And ABC has pulled the plug on Mind Games; a repeat of Resurrection will air in its time slot at 10 p.m. Tuesday this week and on April 8; then Celebrity Wife Swap will air at that time. Mind Games star Christian Slater continues to hit TV roadblocks; the demise of Mind Games follows unsuccessful runs in Breaking In, The Forgotten and My Own Worst Enemy.

If you have been looking for Those Who Kill, the mystery thriller starring Chloe Sevigny, you need to move your search to another network. A&E pulled the low-rated drama after two telecasts. It has now relocated to A&E’s corporate companion Lifetime Movie Network. LMN will air the first two episodes of Those Who Kill at 8 and 9 tonight followed by a third, not-yet-aired episode at 10 p.m.

This may be good news for you, but not for me. I had concerns about the violence against women in the first episode, and dropped out of the second when it offered more of the same.

Also … Turner Classic Movies will devote a good chunk of Monday night and early Tuesday morning to the career of Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint. The Robert Osborne interview special Eva Marie Saint: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival at 8 and 11:30 p.m. Monday (Title notwithstanding, the special was taped a year ago.) TCM will also show On the Waterfront (9 p.m. Monday), Raintree County (12:30 p.m. Tuesday) and North by Northwest (3:30 a.m, Tuesday).

Following the finale of How I Met Your Mother, CBS premieres a new comedy, Friends With Better Lives, at 9 p.m. Monday. If your idea of fun is a group of folks trading testicle jokes, this show is for you.

Inside Amy Schumer begins its second season on Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Schumer is one of the best comedians around right now, not only for her blunt, sex-laced humor (which is on graphic display in her show) but for her sharp observations about men and women.

Chris Martin of Coldplay follows the conscious uncoupling of his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow with a conscious connection to The Voice on NBC at 8 p.m. Monday. He will mentor all the teams for what the show is calling “The Battles: Round Two.” According to NBC, the new round will “pit the remaining artists from each team — all previous winners and stolen artists — against one another to perform an agreed-upon song. Both artists will sing for their coach’s approval in hopes of moving forward to the Playoff Rounds.”

The Mindy Project returns for its “spring premiere” with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Fox. It will also air for an hour on April 8. It settles into the 9:30 p.m. half-hour (following New Girl at 9) beginning April 15.

Maria Bartiromo begins her Sunday Morning Futures series at 10 a.m. today on Fox News Channel. Look for a new co-host of ABC’s Nightline: Juju Chang, who succeeds the heading-to-NBC Cynthia McFadden.

Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com. including in the HeldenFiles Online, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact him at 330-996-3582 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com.


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