Last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother saw the return of Robin Scherbatsky’s alter-ego Robin Sparkles, gave us a life lesson in obsession, and once again proved just how much Ted Moseby is willing to let slide in the search for “The One.”

Obsession was the common theme in last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, and it seems everyone has felt it once or twice before.

Newly engaged Barney gets a taste of it as he seeks out all of Robin’s exes. In a bid to find out whom Robin’s teenage journals are littered with hapless love letters to, he stumbles upon Robin’s darkest secret yet…Robin Daggers.

Whilst Robin Sparkles usually gives How I Met Your Mother a taste of cheesy ’80s pop mixed in with some outrageous Canadian stereotyping, Robin Daggers appeared at the “beginning of grunge in 1996,” according to “Underneath the Tunes,” How I Met Your Mother‘s mock Canadian adaptation of MTV’s “Behind The Music.” In the mockumentary, Sparkles is revealed to have become obsessed with an unknown celebrity, which sends her into a tumbling spiral of hopelessness and helplessness.

In her obsessed, loved up and frankly stalker-ish state, the newly renamed Daggers writes, “P.S. I Love You,” a song about feeling desperately in love with someone you’re completely invisible to. Later we find out Sparkles/Daggers’ muse for the depressing ditty is Paul Shaffer, even though Barney is led to believe it to be Alan Thicke from whom he gets a black eye from upon confronting him.

Another tale of obsession in last night’s How I Met Your Mother was that of Ted’s new girlfriend — Janette. Lily and Marshall suspected her to be a stalker from the off, and they were right!

We met Ted’s new squeeze on the subway when he notices her reading the same book as him. Ted then did the full ‘Ted Moseby’ and broke out the yellow legal pads in an attempt to recall everything he could remember about her, to which he is told by Marshall and Lily to forget it, as its kind of creepy. However, by some strange happenstance, she stumbles across him whilst he’s at college lecturing.

Seemingly innocent at first, Marshall and Lily smell a rat. Things then go from bad to worse when Janette is repeatedly caught lying to Ted about the circumstances around their fluke “meet cute,” ranging from the fire alarm randomly going off, to her setting a bin on fire to make the smoke detectors alarm…and it doesn’t end there!

Ted then finds the receipt for the book they were coincidentally both reading on the subway at the same time, realising that Janette’s copy was purchased within 10 minutes of when he bought his. Oh, and that she’d been following him for around a year…

But it doesn’t look like Ted’s going to give up and move on from the episode’s ending. Why, Ted? Why?

How I Met Your Mother airs on CBS on Mondays, 8/7c.

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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