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Britney on How I Met Your Mother: Yay or Nay?

So last night was Britney Spears' big acting comeback on How I Met Your Mother, and if the goal was to get some big ratings for the on-the-bubble comedy, it worked: The show pulled in 10.6 million viewers and hit its highest ratings ever in the key 18-49 demographic. Coupled with the better than average 9.7 million viewers the show got last week, I have to think things are looking pretty good for a season four.

Personally, I thought the best part of the episode was Ted's two-minute date (watch it here), and I definitely think Stella was supposed to be the mother — had that whole Alicia Silverstone/Britney/Sarah Chalke thing not happened, that is. So, was having Britney on the show worth it? What did you make of her performance?

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gabichou26 gabichou26 7 years
Eh. Yeah, her acting wasn't great, you could see her gesticulating and exaggerating faces, but it never really got to her eyes or looked real. I loved the two-minute date too, though. That was awesome. :D
poptiger poptiger 7 years
i thought she was great, glad they didnt focus too much on her tho. the main thing is that im so glad she brought in more viewers to this awesome show!
sunkissbabe sunkissbabe 7 years
She definitely seemed normal, completely different from the Britney we've been hearing and seeing lately, the Britney we can't help but to feel sorry for. I am glad this gig worked out for her, it wasn't some breakthrough super-talented actress, but it definitely promoted the show and allowed Britney to engage in something productive.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
I thought Britney was so cute... but I'm glad the whole episode wasn't about her. The end part where she's talking to Barney got the biggest laugh from me.
geohiker geohiker 7 years
I love this show, and I thought both guest stars did a nice job this week! Sarah Chalke is clearly the more experienced actor and was fantastic in her role (I wish she was the mother!), but Britney was just fine in her role as a bubbly and ditzy person - it was good all around. (And, the two-minute date was definitely my favorite part - how cute!)
Jat09 Jat09 7 years
She was so cute and funny!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 7 years
The role was perfect for her, that's all I can say. And Ted's 2-minute date was completely adorable! I love this show.
caligirl101 caligirl101 7 years
i enjoyed her appearance on the show
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 7 years
Yay! She did great! See how good she can look when she wears proper fitting clothing? She looks totally normal!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
why do sitcoms keep on employing stupid guest stars who caannot act just to get ratings? this is why I don't watch tv...
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
why do sitcoms keep on employing stupid guest stars who caannot act just to get ratings? this is why I don't watch tv...
scully22 scully22 7 years
At this point, I too feel sorry for her. Her timing was good and she was adorable. I think she could use some more positive feedbacks in her sad life. It seems where ever you go (via the media) there is all negative items about her. Good luck Britney!!!
smileet147 smileet147 7 years
She wasn't bad, i just wish they did something about that HAIR! Loved the two minute date though, Sarah Chalke looked adorable! I hope she comes back.
Hex Hex 7 years
*suffering wish there was an edit post button.
Hex Hex 7 years
I love the way she said "You're like a knight." and "Funny, smart and great!" Sure the rest might have left a bit to be desired but it's no worse than suffeing through Jennifer Lopez's Maid in Manhattan.
bethany21 bethany21 7 years
I agree with the above commenters that Britney's acting was way too forced. I'd never tuned in to this show before, and I've got to admit I was pretty disappointed by the writing and acting as a whole. But then I generally can't stand laugh-track sitcoms...
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 7 years
I was worried I'd be embarrassed for her, but I thought she looked cute and did a good job. I wouldn't want her on there permanently.
sgdish sgdish 7 years
Keeping my fingers crossed for Britney...
shopper10024 shopper10024 7 years
I really liked it. It was a great bit role that added to the whole episode.
megnmac megnmac 7 years
I love Sarah Chalke, she is hilarious and sweet and likable, and I think I would like her if this is recurring more than I would have like Silverstone... I also caught the St. Pattys Day reference, and hope that she is the mom, I like her, and my husband laughed that the whole show could be a sham, that it isn't his kids, just telling a story about how Ted met these kids mother. HOPEFULLY it isn't a mockery, I can't remember him saying anything but kids, but I hope he's referred to himself as dad!
nuclear_winter nuclear_winter 7 years
i saw sarah chalke in a hanes commercial the other day and now she's on how i met your mother? Go her!! i love scrubs so hopefully she wont be seen as elliot the rest of her career. but Britney on the other hand will always be seen as the irresponsible careless mother she has proved herself to be, good to see the how i met your mother stylist gave her better hair extensions thought :\
ladypenguin ladypenguin 7 years
She was okay. I thought Sarah Chalke, who had a bigger role, did a great job, so it's kind of sad that Brit gets all the publicity.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I thought that the 2 minute date thing was a lowpoint actually... I kinda feel like if she wanted to take an hour for lunch, she could take an hour for lunch. But it was a cute idea and clearly you ladies liked it. :) I think Brit added cuteness to it and that scene when she wont hang up the phone, I was laughing hard!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
She was okay, but i think I could have acted better than her. However, she seems much better and was really sweet as Abby.
linb linb 7 years
I don't think she did a terrible job, but I think she was more of a distraction. I would have preferred some unknown actress as Abby. And the two minute date was definitely the best part.
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