- “How I Met Your Mother” ran for nine seasons, but even big fans might not know all of these facts.
- Britney Spears’ guest role helped to save the show from low ratings and an early cancellation.
- Many of the leading cast members’ significant others appeared in small roles on the show.
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“Look, it all worked out fine … Neil’s better for the part, let’s be honest,” Parsons said on a 2015 episode of “Live With Kelly,” according to Yahoo.
According to E! News, cocreator Craig Thomas wrote on Reddit that Love Hewitt decided to do CBS’ “The Ghost Whisperer” instead of “HIMYM.”
“By golly she put our show on the map. It can’t be overstated,” Bays wrote. “Britney Spears rescued us from ever being on the [renewal] bubble again. Thanks Britney!”
The song, “Hey Beautiful,” is by the band The Solids, which Bays and Carter are both members of. Bays does vocals and guitar, and Thomas plays the drums.
Russo’s friend wrote for the series and arranged for the couple to stand in as extras since it was Rugan’s favorite show.
On the episode, Robin and Ted were on a date when the waiter mistakenly brought Robin a champagne glass with a ring at the bottom. She freaked out — and so did Ted since he wasn’t actually proposing — then Russo came over to claim the ring as his and proposed to Rugan for real.
“At first she thought I was messing up the scene, then it dawned on her and she started crying and everyone was clapping. It was awesome,” Russo told the Daily News.
Harris took Barney’s Playbook and the tabletop from their booth at McLaren’s, Smulders kept Robin Sparkles’ bedazzled jean jacket, Alyson Hannigan ended up with a little red British phone booth, and Radnor got to keep Ted’s coveted blue French horn.
Bays also ended up decorating his own home with the two swords that were hanging up in Ted and Marshall’s apartment, and Thomas ended up taking a few set pieces from McLaren’s, including one of the gang’s red booths.
“I’d try to do little things in our scenes together where I gave her an extra look and an extra glance or would stare only at her during a whole scene just to see if anyone was noticing,” Harris told The Fan Carpet of his own personal mission to get Barney and Robin together.
The theory speculated that Ted made Barney sound extra sleazy and womanizing in his story for his kids because he didn’t want them to judge him for falling for Barney’s ex-wife, Robin.
“I think that that’s very accurate,” Harris told Digital Spy. “Given the story structure, and with [Ted] telling the story to his kids, everything was able to be overdrawn.”
Hannigan, who played Lily, also shared the screen with her husband, Alexis Denisof, who had a recurring role on the show as Robin’s coanchor Sandy Rivers.
Smulders’ husband Taran Killam was another spouse who made it onto “HIMYM.” He actually played two characters on the show, a one-time appearance as Derrick and the recurring character Gary Blauman.
“We have the biggest purses of any show on the air,” director Pamela Fryman told the Chicago Tribune.
But, Hannigan told the HuffPost in 2017 that they decided she was too old for the part.
“They fired my kid from that role. She was gonna be the baby, but Carter Bays was like, ‘Nope. She’s too old,’ and she got replaced,” Hannigan said.
However, not every fan was able to watch the episode live, so they had the series-long plot point spoiled for them if they scrolled past the post.
Of course, the show actually went on for nine seasons, so that plan got scrapped.
That was only a year after the show premiered and eight years before the finale aired, so several precautions were taken to keep the ending a secret.
David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca, who played the kids, had to sign non-disclosure agreements, and only one camera operator was allowed in the room while they filmed the final scene.
According to Variety, the sequel series has finally begun production with Hilary Duff in the leading role.
A release date hasn’t been set yet, but the show will premiere on Hulu.