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'HIMYM' Creators Talk About 100 Episodes

by Daniel Frankel, posted Jan 11th 2010 9:30AM
They managed to take a traditional multi-camera comedy all the way to episode 100, an epic feat in the modern television landscape. So what special century-mark plan did 'How I Met Your Mother' creators and executive producers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays come up with?

Maybe Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) will finally meet the mother of his children? (Not really, but he gets closer.) Will Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) give up on suiting up? (Kind of).They managed to take a traditional multi-camera comedy all the way to episode 100, an epic feat in the modern television landscape. So what special century-mark plan did 'How I Met Your Mother' creators and executive producers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays come up with?

Maybe Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) will finally meet the mother of his children? (Not really, but he gets closer.) Will Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) give up on suiting up? (Kind of).

"As fans of the big splashy movie musical, we felt that No. 100 was the time to make the foray into that," said Bays, chatting with TV writers this week, in advance of tonight's night's 100th episode.

Indeed, 'HIMYM' episode No. 100, titled 'Girls vs. Suits,' will hardly be your father's 'Mother.' Plotted around Barney chasing a sexy bartender who has already had her fill of flashy, well-dressed Wall Street guys, the show will have a musical format, complete with the requisite choreography and dancing.

In fact, handling the choreography will be 'Glee' music-and-dancing guru Zach Woodlee.
"We had 65 dancers filling the Fox lot's New York street," Thomas said. "We're not musical number writers. I felt like this entire episode was us not knowing what we were doing."


Yeah, it sounds like a wacky plan, but Thomas and Bays explain the logic behind it. Not only will a musical 'Mother' be an event, they figure they've got the talent to pull it off, with both Radnor and Harris experienced in doing live Broadway musicals.

"We had no idea (when Harris was originally casts) that Neil was such a show-business ninja," said Thomas, referring to the multiple talents of Harris, who also directed episode 100.

For their part, the producers said they kind of got clued into Harris' sensational talents starting with his 2005 audition for Barney.

"All we knew back then was what America knew -- that was 'Doogie Howser' and 'Harold and Kumar,'" Bays explained. "But one thing he did in his audition that set him apart was, there was a scene where Barney is playing laser tag, and every other person who tried out mimed shooting the guns. But Neil comes out and does a full-on shoulder roll. In that microcosm, you could see 100 episodes of him going the extra mile to get the laugh."

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