Britney Spears on "How I Met Your Mother"
Britney Spears has taped her appearance in the March 24 episode of CBS' buzz-hungry sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (which returns with an all-new, post-strike, St.Patrick's Day-themed episode tonight, yay!) and according to star Neil Patrick Harris, she was very professional. Phew!
As you may have heard, Alicia Silverstone, who was slated to appear in the sitcom in a multi-episode arc, bailed out when she learned that Spears was coming on board to play her assistant. Silverstone was supposed to play Ted's new lover/dermatologist, a role that went to Scrubs' Sarah Chalke.
Harris phoned into the Ryan Seacrest show to talk about Britney, who allegedly wanted to appear on the sitcom. I'm not sure whether Britney really is a fan of "How I Met Your Mother," but the buzz she has generated for this hilarious show over the past week has most definitely been welcome.
According to rumors "How I Met Your Mother" is once again on the bubble and CBS has yet to confirm whether the show would return for a 4th season. This year the show has averaged 7.97 million viewers, down from last year's 9.9 million. The ratings have however been heavily impacted by the absence of new episodes in early 2008.
Tonight the show moves to its new, post-Big Bang Theory slot at 8:30pm. Will the move and the Britney stint help spike up the ratings? I certainly hope so.