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Monday on Utah TV: Get a load of Robin Sparkles on “How I Met Your Mother”

First Published Feb 04 2013 12:46 pm • Last Updated Feb 04 2013 12:55 pm

As fans of How I Met Your Mother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) are well aware, Robin (Cobie Smulders) was a teen pop star - Robin Sparkles - in her native Canada.

In this week’s episode, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) finds a copy of an embarrassing "Under the Tunes" profile of Robin Sparkles - a video that features comments by a slew of Canadians, including Alan Thicke,Jason Priestley, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, k.d. lang, Steven Page, Geddy Lee and Luc Robataille.

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And there are still more guest stars. James Van Der Beek appears as Robin’s ex-boyfriend, Simon; Dave Thomas as music agent Chuck Gerusi; and Abby Elliott as Ted’s (Josh Radnor) new girlfriend, Abby - who Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) think is a stalker.

No, this show is not as good as it once was. But with the announcement that the entire cast is returning for what will be the final season in 2013-14, I’m hoping it will focus the sitcom and put it back on track.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Biggest Loser (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Professional boxer Laila Ali leads a challenging workout.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A roller derby girl is dismembered.

The Carrie Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Larissa invites Carrie to a Halloween party in the city.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz

Being Human (7 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Josh helps Aidan find untainted blood.

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Dallas (7 and 9:05 p.m., TNT): A new family member arrives at Southfork

Rules of Engagement (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): This really awful sitcom that just won’t die returns with an episode in which Liz moves in with Audrey and Jeff.

Two Broke Girls (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Caroline goes to a psychic for love advice.

The Following (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Hardy and the FBI try to predict the actions of a new follower.

90210 (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Max and Naomi start marriage counseling.

Monday Mornings (8 and 10:05 p.m., TNT): This medical drama is rather dark, but it’s not without promise.

Lost Girl (8 and 11 p.m., Syfy): Bo suffers because she’s denying her ravenous hunger.

Mike & Molly (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Carl asks Samuel to be his roommate.

Hawaii Five-0 (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A double amputee (Peter Weller) seeks revenge against the police.

Castle (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A U.S. senator is linked to a murder.

Deception (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The truth about Mia’s biological mother is revealed.

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