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How I Met Your...bestseller? The Bro Code and more Mother news

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 23rd 2008 4:24PM
How I toastHow awesome is this? Barney's official list of how men should interact with each other in pursuit of conquest of the opposite sex,The Bro Code, is going to be published for real. Barney Stinson, the most awesome womanizer on How I Met Your Mother, has referred to this compendium on the show and now The Bro Code will be for sale in bookstores in late November, just in time for Christmas sales.

Neil Patrick Harris, the embodiment of Barney, is not writing the book. That'll be done by co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas with Matthew Kuhn, the staff writer who is responsible for Barney's blog. Barney, as fans of the show know, is nothing if not prolific and legen -- wait for it -- dary when it comes to knowing the rules, the rights and wrongs, in bagging the babes.

This isn't the first time a TV show has jumped into publishing; it's happened a few times on the soaps where a TV character has become an author and a novel became a bestseller. For Thomas, The Bro Code was a natural outgrowth of the TV show and Barney's blog. "It's just this off-network continuation of the Barney legend," he told Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune.

By the way, Ms. Ryan also asked Thomas about Sarah Chalke's confirmed return to How I Met Your Mother as Stella, and if she might -- indeed -- be the mother of Ted's children. "I don't want to 100% rule it out. You never know what's going to happen. She's great, and the more we fall in love with her, you never know."

Thomas said he was particularly excited about an upcoming Stella/Ted storyline. That excitement, however, does not include the big reveal: "We're hoping the show will go a while longer; it's a good mystery. We'll milk it a while longer. We have not made it clear to anyone other than ourselves quite yet who the mother is."

One thing Thomas did reveal to Ryan is this: two years ago, they filmed a scene with the two kids, Ted's kids, directed by Pam Fryman, that deals directly with the identity of the mother. That scene will be in the series finale. "We have a whole plan."

As for the upcoming season, watch for the Robin/Barney relationship to be explored: "It's a huge part of the premiere. We always talked about it, ever since the episode where Barney and Robin play laser tag and smoke cigars and all that stuff. All the fans picked up on the unbelievable chemistry." Thomas said that we'll be learning more about that combustible combination in the first six episodes of the season.

I think it's great that we'll get more of the Barney/Robin thing -- and more Stella and Ted. But I sure hope that doesn't mean less Marshall and Lily. The thing that makes HIMYM work -- for me -- is the group dynamic. This is the one show that has really picked up the Friends vibe and made it work for a new set of twenty-somethings.

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claire

uu, i actually think that is out 2 day! i got an email from the cbs himym facebook page! i went to borders 2 get it, like 10 minutes ago, except they havn't come yet, they said at the end of this week!! ;)

October 14 2008 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevjohn

Any word on when Dan Fielding's book will be coming out?

July 24 2008 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John D\'arc

I didn't know a book could be "leg-dary" as you have it written.

July 23 2008 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Evocatus

will buy!

July 23 2008 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William Whitaker

Correction: You have it's leg -- wait for it -- dary, it should be legen -- wait for it -- dary. ;) This is awesome though, can't wait for the book.

July 23 2008 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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