TV highlights: The ‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale


HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Ted (second from right) finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. (Ron P. Jaffe/FOX/CBS)
March 30

FINALE WATCH: Get the Kleenex and ice cream ready. To end this series right for its diehard fans, Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS at 8 p.m.) during the show’s one-hour bittersweet closer.

“The Voice” (NBC at 8) brings us another battle round to shake things up a bit, with Coldplay’s Chris Martin as the new key adviser.

As if the “Bones” (Fox at 8) crimes couldn’t get any weirder, the Jeffersonian team finds three people’s remains in a single urn after a wealthy artifact collector walks into his own funeral.

Another celebrity contestant is eliminated and Robin Roberts serves as guest judge on “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC at 8).

“Eva Marie Saint: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival” (TCM at 8) has Saint dishing on her legendary career, from “On the Waterfront,” for which she won an Academy Award, to Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.”

SERIES PREMIERE: Reviewed by TV critic Hank Stuever on Page C5 of the print edition, “Friends With Better Lives” (CBS at 9) is about six very different friends at very different stages in their lives.

After a massacre leads Ryan and Mike into new, dangerous territory on “The Following” (Fox at 9), information about a potential new leader is revealed.

“The Blacklist” (NBC at 10) team tries to track down the Undertaker, a life-insurance figure who steers ordinary people into becoming contract killers.

SERIES PREMIERE: Reality competition series “House of Food” (MTV at 10) combines competitive elements of culinary school with the dramatic setting of a house reality show. Think “The Real World” crossed with “Chopped.”

FINALE WATCH: In the Season 1 finale of “Intelligence” (CBS at 10), George and Riley discover a ring of foreign sleeper agents in the U.S. government.

FINALE WATCH: Chozen and Phantasm face off at a music festival on the Season 1 closer of “Chozen” (FX at 10:30).

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central at 11) welcomes “Game of Thrones’s” Peter Dinklage.

Actor Chris Evans and magician Ricky Jay come to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35).

Actress Cobie Smulders and TV personality Nick Cannon are on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a performance by Manchester Orchestra.

Actress Mindy Kaling swings by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with a stand-up performance from Jim Jefferies.

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