Britney Spears to Guest Star on 'How I Met Your Mother'
Britney Spears to Guest Star on 'How I Met Your Mother'
You can trace the downfall of Britney Spears' career to the Justin Timberlake video for “Cry Me a River.”  In the video, Timberlake ripped Britney to shreds in the wake of their failed relationship while singing to a Spears look-a-like.  From that point on, she got knocked up by Kevin Federline twice, went from hot to unattractive, was repeatedly photographed without underwear, shaved her head, lost custody of her kids, gave the most embarrassing MTV Video Music Awards performance of all-time, and hooked up with a member of the paparazzi.  It is with all this in mind that I try to analyze today's news.  Britney Spears has been booked as a guest star on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.  She will appear in an episode later this season.  Either this is Britney's first good career move since the music video for “Toxic” or it means one of my favorite comedies has officially gotten desperate.  Maybe both. 

It was with both horror and intrigue that I read this news today.  As a rabid fan of How I Met Your Mother, and knowing that the series faces the very real possibility of not being renewed, I know the importance that the show's ratings over the rest of this season have on How I Met Your Mother's future.  I understand where they must be coming from.  They have a great comedy on their hands that nobody watches.  Why not do some stunt casting, have CBS hype the hell out of it, and show all the new and curious viewers what they've been missing out on for the last few years?  If Britney is the catalyst for the show's renewal, then it is absolutely worth it. 

I have no illusions that Britney will bring anything more than hype to her guest star role.  She's not a good actress, she's no longer attractive and I don't realistically believe that the characters of Ted or Barney would want anything to do with someone who looks and acts like Britney.  But, who knows, maybe it will work out.  Maybe the HIMYM writers concocted a character that is perfect for Britney and her casting makes perfect sense.  What do you all think?

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: TV Guide
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