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'How I Met Your Mother' welcomes Cristin Milioti

Cristin Milioti, from the musical "Once," arrives at

Cristin Milioti, from the musical "Once," arrives at the 66th Annual Tony Awards in Manhattan. (June 10, 2012) (Credit: AP)

CBS has been posting previews of returning series (see below) and - naturally - there's much interest in this one:  "How I Met  Your Mother," which wraps after the next, the ninth. I post a couple of clips here for your edification - the second, Cristin Milioti's ("Once," "That Face") entrance.

Milioti, as "HIMYM" fans know, is the "mother," and as Milioti fans know, she's a fine Broadway actress and Tony nominee who will, naturally, assume a major presence in the months ahead, as the final season focuses on pretty much just one day: The wedding, or planned wedding, of Barney and Robin. Here's a good Buzzfeed interview... 

Hard to believe but Milioti has done done virtually no TV work (I just checked IMDB for confirmation) save a brief role on "The Sopranos" way back when, and cameos on "Nurse Jackie" and "30 Rock."  That's all about to change, as her national closeup will - or should - make her a major star. Meanwhile, I've also posted a duet from "Once" with Steve Kazee (above pic):App users, watch the video at newsday.com/tvzone.  

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