The Office's Ellie Kemper To Guest Star In How I Met Your Mother's Final Season

It’s hard to believe that How I Met Your Mother is gearing up for its final season on CBS. The long-running comedy has a few epic events in store for fans in the season after the show has finally given us a sneak peek at the mother. The entire season will span the length of Robin and Barney’s wedding and a few big names have already signed on to be a part of the epic event. Now, The Office’s Ellie Kemper has signed on to guest star in one of the final season episodes of the hit show.

Kemper has signed on to play Cassie, an attractive and single young woman. According to TV Line, her character is also described as “unfortunate” and when Cassie meets Ted sometime during the tenure of Robin and Barney’s season-long wedding, he learns about each of her aforementioned traits all too quickly. The actress is currently only signed on for the one episode, which is a bit of a shame, since Kemper is such a great comedic presence.

How I Met Your Mother isn’t the only guest starring role Kemper has in the pipeline for the upcoming TV season. She’s also going to lend her voice to Season 9 of the hit program, American Dad!, which is moving to TBS a little over a year from now. All of these guest roles should bring this sort of look to the actress’ face.

However, they are more likely to bring this sort of look to Kemper’s face, considering what the actress is missing out on.

Kemper was initially signed on to Brenda Forever this spring at NBC. The pilot would have followed Kemper’s character at age 13 and 31 and would have been a pretty unique setup for a comedy, but unfortunately, the show isn’t moving forward for a fall premiere on the network (although the pilot hasn't explicitly been given the boot). Still, I’m sure the actress would much rather be starring in her own vehicle than taking the occasional guest role.

Luckily, HIMYM should be a fun gig. Kemper is signed on to guest star with Wayne Brady, who has played Barney’s brother on the hit series in the past, and Cristin Milioti, who is signed on to play the titular mother. How I Met Your Mother’s final season will begin airing on CBS on Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

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