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Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'How I Met Your Mother' EP Carter Bays on the show's least funny -- and incredibly important -- moment

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. EW.com readers know these honorees well. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are the executive producers and creators of How I Met Your Mother, which, in the past year, has not shied away from making fans laugh and sob uncontrollably within a single epiosde.  In the following piece, Bays talks about last season’s death of Marshall’s dad, a plot point that not only toed the line between comedy and drama, it ran past it. And that bold move? Definitely honorable. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

By: Carter Bays

The moment Marshall (Jason Segel) found out his father died was the hardest scene we’ve ever done. The show had gone to sad places before, but they were all kind of “romantic comedy” sad — break-ups, rejections, a runaway bride, that sort of stuff. You always figured whatever life threw at these characters, they’d get over it and go back to being funny the next week. That was the point of having Ted narrate from the future. If our show had a message, it was, “No matter how bad it seems now, you’ll be laughing about it 20 years from now.” READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'The Vampire Diaries' EP Julie Plec talks moments that made her cry

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As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. The Vampire Diaries is best known for its twisty, fast-paced storytelling that occasionally calls for its male stars to go shirtless. But ask fans for their favorite moments of 2011, and odds are they’ll mention the ones that moved them — and executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson — to tears. “We’re really proud of the emotional depth of the show, and the fact that Kevin and I will sit in this room at four in the morning and be pulling our hair out and miserable and have no lives working our asses off, and then have a conversation where a cry pitch comes up, and if it moves both of us, it makes the job feel good,” Plec says. Here, she tells us about eight moments that made those late nights worth it. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Julie Plec

Anna is reunited with Pearl: What’s funny is we had talked all along about Pearl perhaps being in that ghost episode, and then when we finally got down to the nitty-gritty of breaking it and needed to tell a story and service a lot of  characters, we realized that there was no room to tell the story of Pearl coming back. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Floria Sigismondi on working with Katy Perry on 'E.T.' and 'The One That Got Away'

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As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. It was a massive year for Katy Perry, and Floria Sigismondi (who has directed iconic videos for Christina Aguilera and Marilyn Manson, as well as 2010’s The Runaways) was no small part of that success. Helming “E.T.” and “The One That Got Away,” two of Perry’s most evocative videos, Sigismondi discussed how she stepped away from Perry’s candy-coated style and see the finished product. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Floria Sigismondi

Normally I get the songs and just live with them for three days to a week and kind of let the concept shape itself. I get inspired by the lyrics and can hopefully bring another layer to the story. I try not to be affected by [an artist’s] previous work. I don’t study [other videos of theirs]. I always think that somebody’s coming to me because of something I bring to the table and because I can open up a different view of the artist. Once I have images that I’m ready to put on paper, that’s the biggest challenge as an artist — to get what’s in my mind out into reality. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Community' creator Dan Harmon on a clip show like no other

Some of the most important people in entertainment aren’t the ones you see on your TV or movie screen every week. Casual audiences probably don’t even know them by name. But rest assured, without these people, your favorite TV shows or movies wouldn’t be what they are. As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Dan Harmon opens up about a clip show episode of Community that was streets ahead of all the others. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

By: Dan Harmon

“Paradigms of Human Memory” was an experiment I’ve wanted to do for a very long time: using the structure of the “clip show” to tell a story, same as you might use the structure of a sonnet, phone book, or haiku. READ FULL STORY

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