‘Mother’s’ 100th Milestone, ‘Law’ Links Letterman

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“How I Met Your Mother” marks its 100th episode with more hijinks surrounding the central character’s elusive wife, in a mildly amusing hour distinguished by a rousing musical number capitalizing on the seemingly boundless talent of Neil Patrick Harris.

Watch the show spark to life as Harris sings about his character’s love for suits, and you wish the series could afford to go “Glee” every other week.

Mother Despite its longevity, my “Mother” viewing has become more sporadic the last few seasons, as the show was eclipsed by “The Big Bang Theory” in terms of must-see status among CBS comedies. Still, I do credit the producers with getting this much mileage out of a sitcom whose premise fostered initial skepticism regarding how long they could milk the “Who does Ted marry?” mystery.

Turns out that bit of info was (wisely) second to the relationships among the five characters, to the point where by now I don’t really give a damn who the mother is.

This week’s guest stars include Rachel Bilson and Stacy Keibler, which if nothing else might make this the most Maxim-worthy “Mother” ever.

The Jan. 15 episode of “Law & Order,” meanwhile, does its “ripped from the headlines” shtick at David Letterman’s expense — only here, it’s a married female talkshow host (played by “The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee) who is blackmailed for having sex with female staffers.

Of course, because it’s “Law & Order,” there’s also a murder involved, as well as a number of twists that increasingly take the story away from the ostensible Letterman link, including the involvement of a Gawker-like website.

Nothing much special here to see, really, and it’s difficult to figure switching to the lesbian angle, since the show has seldom shied away from closely mirroring a real-life story as a jumping-off point. Still, you have to credit the writing staff for their ingenuity in grasping at the most sensational hooks they can find from the pages of the New York Post.

Actually, if the “Law” gang really wanted to do a ripped-from-the-headlines, TV-related murder that would show a little guts and spirit of adventure, how about an episode dealing with a network that killed its own 10 o’clock time period?

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