How I Met Your Mother has banked a lot of goodwill over the last three seasons, so I'll forgive this bit of stunt casting they are engaging in with tonight's episode (CBS, 8:30), a contribution to the Britney Spears Cheeto Fund.
I don't know why a show that is apparently still on the cancellation bubble would want to feature someone almost all of us have seen too much of over the last two years, but sometimes you just have to trust the experts. Spears plays a receptionist at Ted's dermatologist's office who steps in to offer romantic favors when Ted strikes out with the doctor. I suppose if anyone wouldn't think twice about wanting to date someone with bad skin, it's Britney Spears. What I'm most interested in right now regarding this series is the rumor that we might getting an answer soon to the question of who "your mother" is. It's got to be someone even more awesome than Cobie Smulders, which is quite an exciting thought.
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America the Wright Way (Travel, 8 PM): Exploring the neighborhoods of Chicago. Don't worry, it's supposed to smell like that.
Dancing With the Stars (ABC, 8 PM): A two-hour episode which features all twelve of this season's dancers giving it one more shot before the first two eliminations. My Kristi Yamaguchi prediction is looking pretty good right now, not that you had to be Kreskin to pick her.
Greek (ABC Family, 8 PM): A new semester for the show that gives its young viewers something to aspire to without the stereotypically trashy approach of an MTV show. Newly-single Casey tries to bring her sorority back into everyone's good graces by arranging a carnival featuring the Plain White T's.
Little People, Big World (TLC, 8 PM and 8:30 PM): Both episodes deal with Matt and Amy going on a cruise geared towards little people just as prime pumpkin season at the farm approaches.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 PM): Leonard tells a white lie to avoid having to hear tone deaf Penny sing again, which leads to bigger and bigger lies.
Top Gear (BBC America, 8 PM): Racing through central London at rush hour -- what fun for pedestrians. Also, Simon Cowell makes a return appearance.
America's Prom Queen (ABC Family, 9 PM): The girls learn some new dances in an attempt to impress guest judge Sean Kingston.
Cities of the Underworld (History, 9 PM): Exploring the hidden history of Jerusalem, which is literally an underground history, much of it linked to prophecies.
Flavor of Love 3 (VH1, 9 PM): Past Flavorettes Saaphyri and Buckwild are back to host a calendar shoot; Shy makes the trip to the dentist that everyone in the house has been urging on her.
Intervention (A&E, 9 PM): Rather than an hour focused on one person with an intervention at the end, this is a special episode covering the toll of heroin on young people in the suburbs of Boston. Donnie Wahlberg narrates.
Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9 PM and 9:30 PM): At 9 PM, the kids are taken to a crayon factory. Hey you never know what toddlers might find engrossing. At 9:30, both Joel and Leah get individual attention geared to their specific needs.
New Amsterdam (Fox, 9 PM): Amsterdam looks into the death of a homeless man who is believed to have been murdered by his friend; Amsterdam recalls his own past with substance abuse in the 1960s.
Paradise Hotel 2 (MyNetworkTV 9 PM; Fox Reality 1 AM): An argument between two former roommates leads to the revelation of a twist -- and to someone eventually leaving.
Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (CW, 9 PM): Even though the group hasn't been picked yet, it's never too early to start recording the Girlicious album. Nicole "I Know My Solo Career Is In Here Somewhere" Scherzinger provides vocal advice.
Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9 PM): Charlie has a bad cold and gets a unique brand of love and attention from the returning Rose.
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 9:30 PM): Christine tries to forbid Matthew and Barb from seeing each other after their fling, so they pretend to be madly in love just to freak her out.
CSI: Miami (CBS, 10 PM): And now, even the hour-long dramas are returning from the strike. A woman is murdered on the eve of her wedding and the investigators look into the strip club where the groom's bachelor party took place. Also, some more developments in the pre-strike cliffhanger involving Horatio's ex (Elizabeth Berkley) and the woman she sent to a swampy death.
High School Confidential (WE, 10 PM): Jessi struggles to stay on track despite what seem like constant obstacles.
Medium (NBC, 10 PM): First of two parts: Cynthia (Anjelica Huston) has not really been the most sympathetic character thus far, but that might change tonight as we find that her own daughter has been missing for years. Also, Joe's work on Bridgette's science project has some surprising benefits for him.
The Bachelor: London Calling(ABC, 10 PM): The final fifteen each get a different group reward, with some getting to be models in a fashion show while the others go on a Las Vegas junket. You know this guy is British because no self-respecting American bachelor would send a woman packing after she gave him her panties.
The Hills (MTV, 10 PM): One hour tonight. The Hills is alive, not with a new season per se, but an extension of the previous season. As you recall, Lauren and Whitney are on their way to Paris to meet boys -- er, work for Teen Vogue. But if you were hoping -- er, if you were concerned that this means no Heidi and Spencer, fear not: America's most vapid couple will still be around.
The Salt 'N Pepa Show (VH1, 10 PM): Pepa gets Salt to come to Mardi Gras with her, using the excuse that it is really a charity trip to New Orleans. Salt should have asked why, if they were going to help rebuild the city, they weren't packing any clothes. [film.com. url: http://www.film.com/tv/story/what2watch-britney-spears-guest-star/13982602/19731056]