How I Met Your Mother Boss Teases Season 7 and an 'Explosive' November to Remember
by Vlada Gelman
The day How I Met Your Mother fans never thought they would see is coming — Barney is getting married “a little ways down the road”!
It will, however, take quite a journey for the all-but-confirmed bachelor to get there, one that will revisit his past with Robin in “complicated and juicy” fashion, executive producer Craig Thomas tells TVLine. And Barney is not the only one who will be on a new path, as we learned in Monday’s season finale. After a rough year, Marshall and Lily are expecting a little Marshmallow or Lilypad, while Ted has finally blown up The Arcadian and his relationship with Zoey. Lucky for us, Thomas was kind of to offer up some teases about what it all means for the CBS comedy’s Season 7.
TVLINE | Given some of his issues, Barney getting married suggests quite a change for the character. Will we see a very different Barney next season?
We don’t know when this wedding is taking place. … We’re threading the needle on that [in Season 7]. How does Barney get to that place? What changes him? What makes him want to do this? Who’s he marrying? How did they get there? What’s going on on that wedding day? Is he happy? Is he nervous? Is this going to go forward? Is it going to be a disaster? … I will tease that in November sweeps of Season 7, where there will be four huge episodes for Barney. It will involve Robin, and there will be some very explosive relationship stuff happening.
TVLINE | You have stated that the wedding will be revisited in the Season 7 premiere. Will we be getting another clue?
Yes. We’ll be getting more clues. The season premiere of Season 7 will pick right back up at that future wedding. We’ll get to see more of Ted and Barney’s conversation [there]. … You will learn more. That wedding will inform Episode 1 of Season 7 quite a bit. In fact, it is a wedding-themed episode.
TVLINE | Does that mean there’s another wedding, in the present timeline?
I don’t want to say. I want to leave something up for grabs.
TVLINE | A lot of people are speculating that the bride is either Nora or Robin. Is it safe to say that it’s one or the other?
It’s not safe to say that. Season 7 is going to be interesting. There’s going to be some [new] candidates. I wouldn’t limit it to those two.
TVLINE | How big of a role will Nora and the character played by Michael Trucco play next season?
For Michael Trucco, it’s good for him, bad for us, because his cable show (Fairly Legal) got picked up for a second season, so we won’t get to use as much of him as we would like. He will come back – we promised that through the narrator – but we won’t be able to use him extensively. Nora, I will say, is definitely going to be a part of Season 7.
TVLINE | Carter [Bays, co-creator] told TV Guide Magazine that the wedding is the beginning of Ted’s love story and the end of somebody else’s. Is there anything you’d like to add to that?
All I’ll say is that when we eventually get to that future wedding day, it is definitely not what everyone would expect. It’s not a wedding day that will go completely smoothly, but it will end with Barney being married. It’s not a fake-out. It’s not going to be something where he runs away from it. Barney Stinson will get married that day, and we will show to whom and exactly how it goes down.
TVLINE | There were a lot of hints in the finale that maybe Robin isn’t completely over Barney. What is her journey next season?
For any fans who felt we shortchanged by the Barney and Robin story in Season 5, there’s some really juicy stuff coming up for the two of them in Season 7. Like I said, some pretty big stuff goes down in November sweeps. In Season 5, we had them date for, I think, eight episodes and break up, and that felt right at the time. These two characters didn’t feel anywhere near ready to commit to one another. It’s now a couple years later, Robin is seeing Barney grow up a little bit… It’s not gone unnoticed by Robin, who also did not have a serious love interest this past year. She’s definitely going to have to wrestle with that at the start of Season 7.
TVLINE | Lily and Marshall, especially, had a very tough year. Will next season be lighter and more joyous for them now that they’re finally pregnant?
Definitely, we will see a very joyous and happy Marshall and Lily embarking upon pregnancy and parenthood in Season 7. As like a fan of the show, I felt so happy for them that they had a light at the end of this tunnel. It’s like the clouds have parted and the sun is shining on them.
TVLINE | Are you worried at all about adding a baby to the show, and what that will do to the dynamic?
I think it’s just going to get us nothing but huge ratings – a little baby. [Laughs] I don’t worry about it. There’s that conventional wisdom that babies ruin shows, but ultimately we’re writing this series about people starting in their late twenties and going through into their early and now mid-thirties. This couple has been together for something like 16 years, so it’s natural for them to embark upon this. To me, it would be much weirder not to introduce a baby at this point. Why wouldn’t they be doing that? And we’re very lucky that television seasons are roughly the length of a pregnancy. And we did jump ahead to September for the “I’m pregnant” moment, so we have a pregnancy year coming up, which is great because you have three trimester’s worth of material to write. … That’s stories we’ve never done in our 136 episodes, so I think it’s great to have the new material.
TVLINE | With the two-year renewal, have you plotted out the story through Season 8? Or are you just focusing on Season 7?
The two-year renewal is great for us because it has allowed us to figure out the big moments we need to hit in Season 7 to set up a bunch of stuff in Season 8. We already have a bunch of arcs planned for Season 8 and quite a bit of Season 7 planned out. Like I said, I’m especially looking forward to November sweeps in Season 7. There’s some enormous Robin/Barney stuff happening in there… There’s a tremendous amount of chemistry between these two characters. It’s all very complicated and juicy and frustrating and fun. It’s very cool to open up that chapter again [which] was never completely finished.
TVLINE | Ted was in a relationship for most of this season. Will he remain single for a stretch or are you going to introduce another love interest?
Ted is single at the start of Season 7, he doesn’t pair up right away. I don’t want to give too much away about where it all goes. … It’s actually a really refreshing thing writing Season 7 so far, to get Ted really reset back to square one of, “I’ve had all this career success. I’ve been focusing on my work. I remember at one point I was really committed to finding the right woman and settling down and having kids. Whatever happened to that?” Ted, when we met him at age 27, already felt like he was running late on meeting the right woman and having kids. So now he’s realizing, “I’m 33 now. I kind of have to get on this in a recommitted, serious way.” That leads to some really fun stuff for Ted [and] some “single and on the town in New York City” stories.
TVLINE | Will the GNB Tower storyline carry over for Ted?
Yeah. Season 7, Ted starts off on a hot streak because he’s kind of a big shot — it’s incredibly rare for someone in their mid-thirties to get a skyscraper built that they designed. His students look up to him, he ends up getting a feature written on him in New York magazine…. All of a sudden, Ted’s a catch.
TVLINE | Over the course of the season, will we get more hints about who the Mother is, like we did in “Girls vs. Suits”?
Definitely. We’re going to spend more time in that future wedding day and learn more about what leads to Ted meeting the mother, and who she is.
- Miss Base.
How I Met Your Mother's Craig Thomas: Don't Miss the Last Two Minutes of the Finale
May 15, 2011 10:05 PM ET
by Joyce Eng
For a show that plays with time so frequently, there's one time-jump How I Met Your Mother hasn't employed — until now.
"This is the first time in the history of our show we're doing a finale that is not set in May. We jump ahead to September, basically to the beginning of next season," co-creator and co-executive producer Craig Thomas tells TVGuide.com. "Ted tells his kids every minute of September to May and then says, 'Oh, some stuff happened in the summer, but the next September...' so it's nice this time that we cover the summer in our season finale. Hopefully when people see the finale, they won't be super-confused."
By September, Ted (Josh Radnor) will be in a great place in his life, only to be thrown when he bumps into Zoey (Jennifer Morrison), from whom he split in last week's episode. Not doing great herself, Zoey makes a surprising proposition to Ted: "I want to get back together."
"It's that moment of weakness that everybody's had of, 'All of the sudden, I feel wildly insecure. Should I go back to this?'" Thomas says. "It's the worst idea in the world, and Barney [Neil Patrick Harris] and Robin [Cobie Smulders] have to stop Ted at all costs. There's tackling. There's chasing. There's detective-ing. It's basically a race against the clock to stop Ted from making a horrible mistake. It plays like an action movie. The episode really takes place over one afternoon."
That is, until the end, when the show flashes forward to the future wedding seen in the season premiere where Ted meets the titular mother. No, we still won't meet Mrs. Mosby, but we will find out the identity of one of the two people getting married. Adding to the guessing game is Nora (Nazanin Boniadi), who pops back into Barney's life in a "brief, but important" appearance.
The reveal will give fans a lot to talk about over the summer, according to Thomas, not to mention, set up a "blockbuster" seventh season.
"This future wedding is a pretty huge day for everyone in the group," he says. "I can say the ceremony hasn't taken place yet; it's just the wedding day. What happens in the last two minutes is two of my favorite minutes we've done in the series. ... It's just really beautiful and poignant and raises some great new questions. [It helps] us come out guns a-blazing on Season 7."
How much momentum do they have? Well, for one, the writers didn't break for hiatus yet and have plotted the November sweeps episodes. "I'm not even kidding!" Thomas says. "I won't say we have everything in between, but we have the premiere down and [Episodes] 7, 8, 9, 10, which have some nuclear-powered stuff that's directly connected to what happens in the finale. "
The creative glut was fueled by the show's two-year renewal, allowing Thomas and co-creator and co-executive producer Carter Bays to focus on what could likely be Mother's final two years. They already have planned the last two minutes of Season 7, which — besides dealing with the future wedding, and more baby talk from Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) — is gearing up to be a very Robin-centric year. "We're going to be looking at what her dating life is about and her future is about," Thomas says. "[Her crush played by] Michael Trucco will be back. There's some serious romantic intrigue in Robin's life in the first half of Season 7."
But what fans should expect the most from next season is surprisingly quick answers. Except for, you know, that one.
"We'll meet [the mother] a little ways down the road!" Thomas says. "But we're opening up a new mystery in the finale and we're not going to delay a lot of the answers because Season 8's probably our last season. What's great is we have Season 7 up on our dry-erase board and we have emoticons to label the endings. ... There are hardcore smileys, there are super-sad frownies and a lot of 'holy craps.' And a few [episodes] have more than one of them, so I think we're doing our job!"
While he's open to going beyond Season 8 — "we keep shocking ourselves with how many stories we have to tell" — Thomas knows the finish line is near.
"There's a very specific structure to the last season. We're going to need some advance notice [if there's a Season 9]," he says. "If How I Met Your Mother were a plane, it has begun its initial descent with this finale. If you're a hardcore fan, don't miss it."
The Season 6 finale of How I Met Your Mother airs Monday at 8/7 on CBS.
DT | Abril 2011 (Spanish Magazine)CITAZIONEDT, la revista masculina de alta gama más leída de España. Un universo único donde la vanguardia, las tendencias, la moda, el diseño y el arte son aspectos siempre presentes.
Josh Radnor about Jennifer Morrison:.
2011 Broady AwardsCITAZIONE
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy
WINNER: Jennifer Morrison in "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
People raved about Gwyneth Paltrow's performance as substitute teacher Holly Holliday on "Glee," a role that most say she locked up this particular award for at the Emmys the moment she set foot on the show's set ... however, while she was entertaining it was Jennifer Morrison's turn as Ted's (Josh Radnor) love interest/girlfriend of the season on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother." No, she isn't the mother, but she was delightful to watch and we can't wait to see her in a leading role in ABC's "Once Upon a Time" this fall.
How I Met Your Mother Exclusive: House's Kal Penn Will Play Doctor With Robin
President Obama’s loss is How I Met Your Mother‘s gain.
Kal Penn — who put the brakes on his acting career two years ago when he traded in his regular gig on House for a job in the Obama administration — is returning to TV with a major recurring role on How I Met Your Mother, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.
A show rep declined to comment, but a Mother source says Penn will play a love interest for Cobie Smulders’ lovelorn Robin named Kevin.
Penn’s arrival of course reunites him with Neil Patrick Harris, who played, well, “Neil Patrick Harris” to his Kumar in the Harold & Kumar films.
Penn is slated to vacate his White House post — where he served as associate director in the office of public liaison — later this month.
HIMYM exec producer Craig Thomas strongly hinted to TVLine in May that Robin would jump back into the dating scene, especially now that her maybe-soul mate Barney had moved on with Nora: “Robin didn’t do a hell of a lot of dating at all [last season]; she was more [immersed in] switching careers,” he said. “Now, Robin, who’s single and is looking forward a little bit, can’t help but wonder if what happened between her and Barney could have been something more had they been more ready.”
Barney growing up a bit via Nora “has not gone unnoticed by Robin, who did not have a serious love interest this past year. She’s definitely going to have to wrestle with that at the start of Season 7.”
Fall TV: CBS Sets Premiere Dates, Including NCIS, HIMYM and An Extra-Big Bang
How I Met Your Mother kicks off its seventh season on Sept. 19.
CITAZIONEPlease tell me we’ve seen the last of Jennifer Morrison’s Zoey on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER? — Bill
The TV Addict: As much as we’d like to tell you that we’ve seen the last of the latest Mother Maguffin on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER… we can’t. Why? Because her portrayer, Jennifer Morrison wouldn’t close the door on it. “Honestly, to tell you the truth I don’t have a contract there, but I wouldn’t say that it’s for sure,” admitted Morrison during the recent Television Critics Press Tour. “The way that show goes back and forth with all the flashbacks, I feel like they always kind of leave the door open for those kind of things and I loved being there and have a great relationship with everyone over there.”