When TV shows of yesteryear get called up to the bullpen for a revival, someone usually has to wipe the dust off, but the modern TV world adheres to no such standards. It's only been two years since How I Met Your Mother said goodbye to viewers with its highly controversial finale, and one of the hit sitcom's stars is apparently interested in a possible return to that friend-filled setting, should it ever come into existence. Here's how Jason Segel put it.
I'd be around for whatever those guys wanted to do. It changed my life. . . . I would leave [the story] to the writers. One of the great things about my relationship to that show is I never got involved in the writing, I just tried to execute what these brilliant writers did, so I would leave that to them, as usual.
One star's positive vibes are not the equivalent of an actual realease date for a How I Met Your Mother reunion special, but there has to be a starting point for everything, right? Though Jason Segel's career was initially tied to Judd Apatow's criminally short-lived Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, his biggest career break was definitely joining the CBS comedy alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan. It makes total sense that he'd put out an unofficial blanket agreement of interest in stepping back into Marshall Eriksen's shoes for more How I Met Your Mother.
For anyone scoffing at the idea of a show so recently off the air already getting a potential reunion, the cast and writers re-teaming wouldn't necessarily need to result in a full TV season or anything. (Which is probably good, since How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have a new project in the works at CBS, not to mention other cast members' careers.) It was only recently that former NBC hit Will & Grace made a hilariously triumphant return for some short and sassy online-only footage, and while Marshall and the gang presumably wouldn't be used for the same kind of political statement-making, that's the kind of limited format that could be the future of TV reunions.
Jason Segel unlocked the hopes and dreams of How I Met Your Mother fans at this year's Austin Film Festival (via THR), where he was introducing a retrospective screening of The Muppets, which he co-wrote and starred in. No big reveals about the actor being interested in returning to that felt-covered universe, however, and his next film will take him even further away from the laughter of live studio audiences, as he's co-starring opposite Robert Redford and Rooney Mara in Netflix's psychological thriller The Discovery. Will he go so far into drama that he forgets how to fit into the comedy genre? Probably not.
So while more time will pass before we find out if How I Met Your Mother will give fans another round, both of anecdotal storytelling and of everyone's favorite libation, you can keep up with everything still debuting on the small screen by checking out our fall premiere schedule.