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Upfront TV: “Mother” Hour-Long Finale | Tracy Morgan Special | Billboard Announces Hosts

Published on April 25, 2012
  • CBS has planned a one-hour seventh season finale of “How I Met Your Mother,” airing May 14 at 8 P.M. ET/PT, called “The Magician’s Code,” parts one and two. The character of Lily goes into labor, while friends Ted and Robin try to distract her from painful contractions. On the character Barney’s future wedding day, his wife is finally revealed.

  • Tracy Morgan “isn’t afraid to get dirty” when he returns to Comedy Central for the network television premiere of “Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue,” airing Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT. Comedy Central promises an “outrageous new special” filmed at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem, with Morgan bringing “his irrepressibly raunchy personality” to topics including getting older, national security, and of course, women. Leading up to the on-air premiere, the Comedy Central Stand-Up Web site will feature preview clips from the special.

  • TNT‘s all-new drama series “Major Crimes,” a spin-off of “The Closer,” has started production in Los Angeles. Two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell stars in the series, continuing her Emmy-nominated role from “The Closer,” along with “Closer” veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene. The series also stars Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile whose character will be introduced in the final episode of “The Closer.” “Major Crimes” is slated to premiere Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 P.M. ET/PT, immediately following “The Closer‘s” series finale, then move into the 9 P.M. ET/PT slot.
  • NBC Sports Network has renewed its football highlight program “NFL Turning Point” for three more seasons, reports Broadcasting & Cable. “Turning Point” debuted with the 2011 season with airing 18 episodes. This season, “NFL Turning Point” will bump to 22 episodes, enabling it to air throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl. The series is produced in collaboration with NFL Films, and showcases plays that lead to the "turning point" in each game.
  • “Modern Family” couple Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell will host this year’s Billboard Music Awards, airing live on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. As Hollywood Reporter describes, both Bowen and Burrell are Emmy Award winners for their roles on “Modern Family” as married couple Claire and Phil Dunphy. Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne lead the nominees for the awards show; Carrie Underwood and Justin Bieber are among the artists set to perform live.