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.
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.
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.
All times are EDT:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
Matilda on ABCFAM
Bridesmaids on HBO
Hanna on HBO
Seeking a Friend at the End of the World on MOMAX
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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