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‘How I Met Your Mother’ saved by Britney Spears


“How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have credited Britney Spears with helping to save their show from cancelation.

Spears made a guest appearance as a vengeful receptionist for two episodes on the popular U.S. sitcom in 2008, and according to Bays, her cameo couldn’t have come at a better time.

He reveals Spears boosted ratings in the midst of a crucial time when network bosses were deciding whether or not to pick up the show for a fourth season.

In a question and answer session on website Reddit.com on Monday, Bays reveals that Spears contacted them about appearing in a critical episode which introduced Stella, an integral love interest for the main character Ted.

Bays wrote, “We got a call … saying that Britney Spears wanted to be on our show. And she specifically wanted to be in the episode Ten Sessions, which sent a chill down our spines, because that’s the one where we meet Stella.

“I immediately imagined Britney playing Stella and had a minor panic attack, because it’s such a big role and needed an (sic) proven, experienced actress like (Scrubs actress) Sarah Chalke. But to her credit, Britney liked the character of Abby, and wanted to play that part. So we said sure!

“And by golly she put our show on the map. It can’t be overstated. Britney Spears rescued us from ever being on the bubble again. Thanks Britney!”

The ninth and final season of “How I Met Your Mother” wraps in March.

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cryinonthemetro 9th-Feb-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
on one hand, this show sucks and should've been cancelled years ago

on the other hand, i trust in the divinity of godney

i'm conflicted.
humbug 9th-Feb-2014 01:35 am (UTC)

i want to praise her power but at the same time, i wish she had used it for good
aleksie 9th-Feb-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
She did help keep a bunch of people employed. It isn't her fault that the writers can't write something better.
bigbranch 9th-Feb-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
she looks great there, is it a new pic? i hope so, anything is better than the yellowish white bleached crap she usually rocks
powerbottom 9th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
it is new

she's brunetteney now
bigbranch 9th-Feb-2014 01:36 am (UTC)
cool. although, i wish she could find something in between, her default is either platinum blonde or chocolate brown. i want her to have some gisele bundchen type hair tbh
arielcharming 9th-Feb-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
She just posted it.
ext_720081 9th-Feb-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
britney did NOT wanna be on the show lmao

lol at her team
benrobot 9th-Feb-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
wait. she didnt?
ext_720081 9th-Feb-2014 03:17 am (UTC)
i mean do you really think she was actually willing to?
lumosofmylife 9th-Feb-2014 01:23 am (UTC)
What perfume is she holding?
_amateur 9th-Feb-2014 01:25 am (UTC)
Fantasy Naughty/Nice (two different bottles)
lumosofmylife 9th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
_amateur 9th-Feb-2014 01:23 am (UTC)
This mess cannot end soon enough.
deathcrew77 9th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
amilahxo 9th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
she looks great with darker hair
stranglerwcandy 9th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
HA impact.

She did to HIMYM what Heather Locklear did to Melrose Place 1.0.

But fuck CBS sitcoms......
fastusagi 9th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I like her with the darker hair
laurshel 9th-Feb-2014 01:25 am (UTC)
I don't know anyone (irl) who actually is still watching this show.
200kmwronglane 9th-Feb-2014 01:26 am (UTC)
what is my life

janetdkd 9th-Feb-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
idk Lindsay, your life is fucked up since 2004
fenchurchly 9th-Feb-2014 01:27 am (UTC)
LOVE that hair color.
arielcharming 9th-Feb-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
She looks gorgeous in that pic except the shape of her head looks weird.
cherry278 9th-Feb-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
I think her hair is too flat at the top. She needs a side part to give it more volume.
klutzy_girl 9th-Feb-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm going to miss this show, tbh. It's time for HIMYM to end, but I've been watching it for nine years and I'm sad about the ending. And the Tweets from Carter and Craig about writing the series finale hurt.

And in this same AMA, they also expressed regret (again) for the cultural appropriation several episodes ago.
ptr28 9th-Feb-2014 02:23 am (UTC)
what episode was that?
rabbitncavylove 9th-Feb-2014 02:38 am (UTC)
the slap episode where they used yellow face on most of their main characters and used kung fu stereotypes
dancedallnight 9th-Feb-2014 04:07 am (UTC)
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imamonsterr 9th-Feb-2014 01:36 am (UTC)
for those who have seen her in vegas already, how many people are in each GA section?
i'm going in march and i'm on the left side... just curious as to how many people i'm going to be around!
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