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Carter Bays confirms that How I Met Your Mother is coming back

by Joel Keller, posted May 13th 2008 2:27PM
Just got off the phone with Carter Bays, co-creator of How I Met Your Mother (Craig Thomas was doing another interview). He confirms that, as earlier reports indicated, the show has been renewed for a fourth season.

"I think we can say it. We got our pickup. We're on the schedule, so we hear," he told me. As far as where the show will be on the schedule, he doesn't know, but "we'll be happy to be anywhere." When I asked him if he was confident that the show was going to be picked up, he said "Call me crazy, but I never really doubted it. I just felt like this show has a lot of creative life left in it, and that it's too good of an environment to up and disappear."

I asked him a lot about Britney Spears' appearance and if it was the reason why the show got picked up. "The cynical answer would be Britney, but I do think that even before that ... during the strike especially, when I managed to get out in the world it felt like enough people liked the show and proselytized for it that it's grown in viewership."

The full interview will be up either tomorrow or Thursday, where I ask Bays about Britney, not making the show guest star-heavy, some info on the finale, and why the heck was that framed letter in Stella's apartment. Stay tuned.

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I had Faith.....

TG though! *expells held breath*

May 14 2008 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank god! *wipes brow* phew!

May 13 2008 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just hope it's not on at 8/7 central because the local CBS affiliate down here in Houston (KHOU-11) always pre-empts 2 HIMYM's every year for Frazier repeats or local news crap that nobody gives a crap about. I found out they are allowed to do this a couple times a year so they can make the money off the ads. What pisses me off is that they do it when it's a new ep of HIMYM and not a repeat. And it's always Monday at 8/7 central that they screw with. They also don't tell the viewers that they are replaying it at 3am. I'm not worried that I won't see it, but what if the 2 or 3 Nielsen families in my area miss it? Then the ratings go down and they have to start looking for Amy Winehouse/Britney/Lohan to save it again. I'm hoping they leave it where it is or put it after 2.5 men.

May 13 2008 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good so now that its out of the way tell him how forced the Abby character felt in the fabric of the show and that Britney needs to move on!

Ever since Abbey was introduced it seemed superfluous. In the first episode, she was there so Ted could use her to make Stella jealous. That was weird since Ted has never needed to anything like that before. And it seemed Ted dropped the idea of making Stella jealous almost as quickly as he thought of it. In other words, the episode felt rewritten to include Abbey. Then in tonight's episode, it just felt like a letdown when Abbey was revealed to be the Barney Blocker. I say that because she was so cavalier about having sex with him, plus she was obsessed with Ted, that I didn't buy that she would go through so much effort to kill Barney's game. She seemed in the first episode to be the female version of Barney, just crazy and obsessive.

May 13 2008 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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