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Carter Bays Talks the Potential Final Season

There are minor spoilers from tonight’s season premiere of How I Met Your Mother. Read on at your own risk!

And with one glimpse of a yellow umbrella (and some nice legs sporting fancy heels), How I Met Your Mother fans got another crucial piece of the puzzle to the biggest TV mystery of all time! OK, maybe not of all time, but it’s certainly a plotline fans have been unraveling for the better part of a decade.

In tonight’s season-eight premiere of HIMYM’s, we got to see Ted (Josh Radnor) moments before he first lays eyes on his future wife while sitting at a train station in the rain after Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding. How did he get there? And where does “How I Met Your Mother” go after tonight? We chatted with creator and executive producer Carter Bays, who previewed season eight for us, and even let us in on some plans should there be a season nine:

What was your plan of attack this season coming off the big reveal that Robin is Barney’s bride?
Carter Bays: Last season we wrapped up one of the bigger mysteries of the show, which is: Who’s getting married? Now that we know who the players are and what the situation is on this wedding day, from here to the end—whether it’s one or two years and we’re still figuring that out, is the journey from where we are right now to that wedding day. The meaning of that wedding day…there’s more to it than what we know right now, as we will learn over the course of this season. This is now getting the ball a little further down the field as far as the bigger question of the show. We’ve answered the question of who is getting married, and now it’s time for the bigger question of the show, which is how Ted meets the mother and what the circumstances are in that wedding that specifically puts Ted in her path.

Since you’re still not sure if this is the last season or not, do you have a Plan B if you guys do a ninth season?
I wouldn’t say a “Plan B” because I don’t want to promise anything that we ultimately don’t deliver on. Our attack is this: this is the final season of How I Met Your Mother as far as what we’re writing. We’re open to that being extended. If we get the opportunity to do it, we definitely have another season in us. We have a lot of stories that we’re not able to get to now that we would love to do if there is a ninth season. Either way, we’re happy. We’ve achieved everything we wanted to achieve, but we’re not deaf to the voices of like, ‘You guys gotta wrap it up! It’s done!’ And it’s like, I get it, but I also feel like our ratings are better than they’ve ever been, we’re having fun doing it, the cast is having fun doing it and we don’t feel like our show is completely about this one question that is posed in the title. Some people look at our show that way, and that’s fine. Fans of the show just like having these five characters in their living room every Monday night, and that’s the kind of TV viewing we grew up with and we aspire to. We love having this overall story and that’s a huge part of it, but I don’t think we’d feel like we’re cheating everybody by doing another year of a show that a lot of people love. I think we have two more great seasons in us. If we only do one of those seasons, then I don’t think we’ll feel cheated about it or that we’ll feel like we missed out an opportunity to do an extra 24 episodes, but if there is a ninth season, I think it would be a great one.

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“The Avengers” Canadian Press Junket

Cobie and her The Avengers co-star, Mark Ruffalo were in Toronto, Canada for the Canadian premiere of the film. They also stopped by MuchMusic for a “Live On” chat. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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Categories 'The Avengers' Interviews News Interview With “The Avengers” Cast

The sat down with The Avengers cast and director to discuss the highly anticipated film. I’ve highlighted the Cobie portion of the interview, take a look below:

Cobie, what does being a part of a superhero movie like this mean to you, and did you think about getting to watch it with your daughter?
COBIE SMULDERS: It means there are a lot more action figures in our house. I think we have all of them, and she knows all of their names. But, it’s very cool to be a woman in a man’s world, in this film, and then have my daughter see that. That’s probably the coolest thing.

What was your most memorable moment making this movie?
COBIE SMULDERS: I was very much a newbie, coming in. When I got to do a scene where most of them were there, and I got to see everybody sitting at the table for the first time, I got to stand back. I also loved any moment I got to work with [Joss Whedon] because I’ve been wanting to work with him for a very long time.

Wwhat was it like to transition from a weekly TV sitcom to being a part of this big blockbuster ensemble?
COBIE SMULDERS: It’s definitely a shift in schedule, alone. I made it a point to do a lot of training to prepare myself for this role, with weapons and mainly to get myself comfortable using them. That was the thing I tried to do the most. In terms of schedule, it’s very different. I’m very blessed at How I Met Your Mother. We have a very nice schedule. This was very good, but we had a lot of stunts to do and a lot of fun things to explode.

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Alyson and Cobie Discuss “How I Met Your Mother”

CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother is enjoying its most-watched season, averaging 10.1 million, up 10% from last year. That’s an unusual phenomenon for a seventh-year show. For the actresses, both mothers of young daughters, the stories have centered on babies. Both Hannigan and her character, Lily, are pregnant, and the latter is due to deliver before the end of the season.

“In true sitcom form, it does not go as smooth as it should,” Hannigan says during an interview on set at MacLaren’s, the bar where the characters often meet. As a mother, “I’m a little concerned about Lily’s pregnancy choices. She isn’t the most responsible pregnant lady.”

And Smulders’ Robin learned she can’t have a baby in one of the show’s more serious story lines. She says viewers will find out more about Robin and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), who has a new girlfriend, before the end of the season.

“Robin has had a rough year. There’s been a lot of mostly downs, so I feel like the ending (of the season) is a beginning,” Smulders says. “I’ve always felt the show was very relatable. It’s nice being on for seven years, because you get to evolve and you get to have babies, and you get to have relationships that fail or prosper. And you get to see these people grow up and imagine what their lives are like, and you kind of feel part of it.”

Robin also had a tough moment with Ted (Josh Radnor), putting an end to thoughts of a romantic renewal in their on-again, off-again relationship.

“It’s cool, the evolution of our characters, because that’s so not a conversation you would normally have in their 20s,” Hannigan says. “Now that they’re in their 30s, there are conversations you need to have, because whether you want to admit it, there’s a timeline. ‘Oh, you want marriage and kids?’ Tick-tock. These are things that people in their 30s go through.”


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‘Avengers’ star Cobie Smulders on spending her hiatus in a catsuit

When “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders was confirmed as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sidekick and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill for Joss Whedon’s upcoming adaption of “The Avengers,” it’s safe to say the heart of the Whedon-verse skipped a beat.

(Smulders, after all, was the first choice for Whedon’s shelved “Wonder Woman” project.)

Zap2it spoke with Smulders during production of the Season 6 finale of “HIMYM,” and what she could reveal about her upcoming role was very costume-centric.

“We start in April, which is like… tomorrow,” Smulders says. “I literally leave here and I go to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to shoot some scenes in a catsuit.”

No, you’ll likely never see her sporting those magical bracelets, but at least she’ll make it to the big screen in some type of skin-tight superhero regalia.*

“I’ve tried on portions of the catsuit,” says Smulders, “[and] I’ve seen conceptual drawings of what they want it to be. It’s fascinating to me. I feel like wardrobe becomes very creative on these types of movies because they literally spend weeks designing just the pants or the emblem. It’s such an all-consuming process, so I’m excited to see how it all turns out.”

Her and several million others.


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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me: Cobie Smulders

Cobie did an up close and personal interview with

1. My full legal name is Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders.

2. My character, Robin, on How I Met Your Mother became a Canadian after the creators discovered I was one and realized how awesome they are.

3. My teen celebrity crush was Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell.

4. I’m a salts, not sweets, kind of girl.

5. I speak French.

6. I always stop at lemonade stands.

7. I love America’s Funniest Home Videos.

8. I’ve never handled a real gun, unlike Robin.

9. My father is Dutch.

10. I have four sisters and three brothers.

11. My favorite movie is The Princess Bride.

12. I am not good at math. Not at all.

13. I was voted Most Respected in high school.

14. I’ve lived in Tokyo, Paris and Milan, Italy.

15. My sister played for the Holland women’s basketball team.

16. I prefer eating pizza and watching a movie at home to dressing up and going out.

17. I’m an avid photographer.

18. I spent a summer semester at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art learning Shakespeare and drinking Guinness.

19. I am the only one who thinks I can do a pretty good Elmo impression.

20. I want(ed) to become a marine biologist.

21. I am a certified PADI diver.

22. I own approximately 30 blazers.

I love comic books.

24. I volunteer at my local soup kitchen through St. Joseph’s Center.

25. I secretly wish I were a mermaid.

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How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders: Robin Sparkles Gets “Extremely Dirty” in Outer Space

After hitting the mall and building sandcastles in the sand, it’s time for Robin Sparkles to boldly go where How I Met Your Mother has never gone before: outer space.

“We don’t mess around. It’s Part 3, time to go all out,” Cobie Smulders tells “And Robin Sparkles is out of this world. Or at least her fashion is.”

The jelly bracelets and cool graffiti coat — and, of course, the Robot — all return on Monday’s episode (8/7c, CBS) as more of Robin’s bubblegum pop-star past is revealed — with a twist. Unlike the past two Robin Sparkles episodes, which featured music videos of her catchy tunes, Chapter 3 comes in the form of a low-budget Canadian crime-solving educational program, Space Teens — Robin’s failed variety show that was referenced last season.

Though Space Teens — which also stars Robin’s former BFF/keytarist extraordinaire Jessica Glitter (Nicole Scherzinger) and Mother’s other favorite Canadian, Alan Thicke — is targeted at kids, it may need an adult-content warning.

“It’s extremely dirty, which is funny since in the first Robin Sparkles episode, everyone thought she was a porn star,” Smulders says. ” Alan Thicke is doing his prime ‘creepy old man’ routine. No Canadian sex acts are taught, but it’s a lot of sexual innuendos, playing with the idea of two teenage girls in space with Alan Thicke. … He’s like the Charlie to our Charlie’s Angels. We solve crimes using math, which is pretty normal. The idea of it is so outlandish that we’re able to play a lot within the craziness of this ’80s show.”

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Maxim Photoshoot, Interviews & Video!

As you know Cobie covers the December 2010 issue of Maxim magazine, here’s three pictures from the shoot and you can view the behind the scenes video here!

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You grew up in Vancouver. Canadians are notoriously polite. Pretend that we’re Canadian. Insult us.
I don’t know if a Canadian would do that!

C’mon! If there were a gun to a Canadian’s head…
First of all, if it were a Canadian, it would be a shotgun, because we have very few handguns. Second of all, I think the word “hoser” would be used, but the Canadian would have to drink lots of beer to slip up like that.

Mmm…beer. What’s your favorite Canadian brew?
I love Moosehead. Yes, that’s a beer!

On HIMYM our favorite backstory is Robin’s teen pop-star alter ego, Robin Sparkles. Will we be getting more?
We sure will! It’ll be a variety show with me and Nicole Scherzinger. She’s an attractive lady, and she can sing, so Mama Smulders over here has got to work on the old pipes. We’re also gonna have Alan Thicke, who’s very good at playing the dirty old man. It’ll be interesting!

When you were growing up, were you more of a Tiffany fan or Debbie Gibson fan?
Debbie. In fact, the Robin Sparkles video “Let’s Go to the Mall” was sort of loosely based on her “Electric Youth.”

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‘How I Met Your Mother’s’ Cobie Smulders: Robin Sparkles’ return

After tackling the mall and the beach, Robin Sparkles is going to outer space.

The pop-star alter ego of “How I Met Your Mother’s” Robin Sherbotsky (Cobie Smulders), Sparkles makes few appearances on the series, but she’ll return in a November episode when the gang finds footage from a Canadian variety show she once starred in with Alan Thicke (returning as a cartoonish version of himself) and a fellow teen darling, Jessica Glitter (Nicole Scherzinger).

Zap2it stopped by the set during the filming of “Space Teens,” where Smulders explains its fairly sound premise. “It’s just a show about teenagers in space, solving crimes with math,” she says, “which sounds kind of awesome.”

Awesome and kind of obscene. “It’s a little bit racy,” she admits. “There’s a lot of sexual innuendos regarding Alan Thicke and me and my partner in crime, Nicole Scherzinger. The gang is basically watching it, waiting for the porno to star.”

Clearly, it never does. But it comes close — at least for 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

As for her non-sparkly character, Smulders maintains that she’s just as in the dark about a possible reunion with Barney as we are. “You know what, in this world, anything is possible,” she says to the suggestion that the wedding seen in the Season 6 premiere was her own. “I really don’t know who it is, but there will be a wedding. Someone’s getting married.”