How I Met Your Mother will be up one more Elliott when it airs its eighth season. The CBS comedy series, which has already featured guest appearances by Chris Elliott in previous seasons, will feature his daughter Abby Elliott, who's set to play a whacky sounding character this season.
Entertainment Weekly posted the news, stating that Abby Elliott is set up for an arc on the series. The site doesn't specify how many episodes she'll appear in, only that her first episode will air "sometime in the new year." Elliott will play Janeane, a character described as "the craziest girl the HIMYM gang has ever encountered." And it sounds like one of the gang will find themselves more and more attracted to her, the crazier she gets. According to executive producer Craig Thomas, "it doesn't end well." That may seem like a spoiler… or the description to most of the romantic relationships on this series.
Elliott is likely to be best known for the years she spent at NBC's long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, having recently exited the series at the end of last season. She's known for playing some loopy roles on SNL (parodying celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, Khloe Kardashian and Jewel). Also a veteran of SNL is her father Chris Elliott, who plays Lily's father Mickey Aldrin on HIMYM. So there's definitely a family connection here, though it doesn't sound like Abby's role is directly related to her father's, nor is there any word on whether Chris Elliott will appear in the same episode (or episodes) as Abby.
How I Met Your Mother will return for Season 8 on Monday, September 24 at 8/7c on CBS.
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