TV tonight: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale and ‘Invisible War’ on PBS

‘How I Met Your Mother’ wraps up season eight tonight
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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 —“How I Met Your Mother” has taken eight seasons to explore the identity of the mysterious mother. For all the diehard fans that have endured the suspense, the answer is a lot closer because next season will be the show’s last one.

After 24 Emmy nominations with seven won, the show will air one more season before riding off into the syndication sunset. Since “How I Met Your Mother’” is one of the few scripted comedies in its Monday night time slot, this is bad news for viewers who prefer sitcoms over reality shows.

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Hopefully CBS will use the year of advance notice productively to come up with a worthy replacement that doesn’t involve sensitive chefs or wannabe stars. Meanwhile, look for a cliffhanger tonight that will bring back the loyal fans of “How I Met Your Mother” for one last season.

Also airing tonight on PBS is the Oscar nominated documentary “Invisible War,” a film about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The Department of Defense estimates there were 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Among all active-duty female soldiers, 20 percent are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers age 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.

Rape victims in the military often have to choose between their careers and seeking justice because of the military’s hesitance to expose the crimes and the alarming statistics behind them. Even worse, 33 percent of rape victims didn’t report the assault because the person they’d have to report it to was a friend of the rapist. And 25 percent didn’t report it because the person they’d have to report the rape to was the rapist himself.

“Invisible War” has created enough controversy to address the systematic cover up at the highest levels. Two days after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta watched “The Invisible War,” he directed military commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranking colonel.

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This is a first step in the right direction, and a compelling reason to tune in to “Invisible War” tonight at 10 p.m. on PBS. A film powerful enough to shake up the Pentagon at its highest level has to be worth watching.

Tonight’s vewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Dancing With the Stars: (Live) Each couple performs two routines.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) You’ve waited, you’ve wondered, now get ready for the mother of all secrets.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (New) Chef Ramsay makes an announcement that changes the competition for good.

NBC: The Voice: (New) Shakira, Usher, Blake and Adam’s artists all perform live - and your vote could determine who moves on. 

CW: 90210: (New) n a memorable send-off, our favorite group from Beverly Hills will come together again after a traumatic event that makes them realize the importance of their relationships.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Amy feels threatened when Sheldon hires a young female assistant. Meanwhile, the pressure of being in space takes its toll on Wolowitz.

9 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (New) When Max and Caroline offer to deep-clean a previously hidden part of the diner they discover something that could relaunch their cupcake business

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike and Molly: (New) Molly is so focused on directing a school recital that she doesn’t realize a fellow teacher is hitting on her. Meanwhile, Vince convinces Mike to join him in an unusual money-making scheme.

10 p.m.

ABC: Castle: (New) An interview with a federal law enforcement agency forces Beckett to reconsider her career and her relationship with Castle; a young woman’s body is found inside a flop house’s water tank.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) McGarrett must help his mother (Christine Lahti) execute a covert op to retrieve an incriminating microfiche. Meanwhile, Kono’s life is in danger when she closes in on Adam’s secret.

NBC: Revolution: (New) Romance blooms in the midst of assassination attempts and disastrous drone strikes. Leslie Hope and Mark Pellegrino guest star.

PBS: Independent Lens: (New) The acclaimed “Invisible War” examines the disturbing prevalence of rape within the U.S. military, paying particular attention to what many view as institutional corruption that ignores the problem. The film includes interviews with women who were raped.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Call of the Wildman: More Live Action at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

The Real Housewives of Orange County at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Defiance at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Long Island Medium On The Road: Beyond the Road at 9 p.m. on TLC

Burger Land at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Sins & Secrets at 9 p.m. on ID

Bates Motel at 10 p.m. on A&E

Rectify at 10 p.m. on SUND

Newlyweds: The First Year at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Classic Car Rescue at 10 p.m. on DSC

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

FBI: Criminal Pursuit at 10 p.m. on ID

Teen Mom 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV

James May’s Man Lab at 10 p.m. on BBC

Scam City at 10 p.m. on SCI

Warehouse 13 at 10 p.m. on Syfy

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Man on Fire on AMC

Blue Hawaii on ENC

The Parent Trap on FLIX

2012 on FMC

The Proposal on FX

The Shining on IFC

Into the Sun on REELZ

Salmon Fishing in Yemen on SHO

Out of Sight on SUND

Gigi on TCM

Elizabeth on TMC

9 p.m.

Matilda on ABCFAM

Bridesmaids on HBO

Hanna on HBO

Seeking a Friend at the End of the World on MOMAX

Later tonight:

Shanghai Knights at 9:45 p.m. on ENC

Cowboys & Aliens at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Mary and Martha at 10 p.m. on HBO

Total Recall at 10:05 p.m. on STARZ

Yankee Doodle Dandy at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

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I was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with my job all over America in my twenties and early thirties then came back to the mountains to raise my daughter.

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