How I Met Your Mother Casts Rachel Bilson, Tim Gunn, Kenny Rogers In Its Fifth Season

October 8, 2009  |  11:00am
Rachel Bilson, Tim Gunn and Kenny Rogers will join a rather legendary roster of guest roles in the ongoing season of How I Met Your Mother, as various reports revealed this week.

Bilson (The OC) is generating the most buzz with her upcoming appearance in the season's landmark 100th episode, primarily because she is cast as a future love interest to protagonist Ted. But while fan blog Have You Met Ted found Bilson to be the people's top pick for the mother, a rep says her role is not recurring. Regardless, the episode promises to deliver some "serious Mother action," in addition to a big musical number starring none other than Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris, Entertainment Weekly reports,

How I Met Your Mother's 100th episode marks the second time that Bilson and Tim Gunn appear in the same show this fall, after Bilson appeared as a Project Runway guest judge last month. Gunn's guest role plays up the watchful eye he lends on the fashion reality show, though instead of merely overseeing sartorial creations, he suits up as an emergency personal tailor to none other than Barney Stinson. "Tim is basically like Barney's ER physician for a serious suit emergency," executive producer Carter Bays told the Chicago Tribune.

And while How I Met Your Mother has once featured a Korean Elvis, a fake Moby and a tattooed Mandy Moore, Kenny Rogers is the first musical guest star to appear as himself. Just as how Rogers often faced the crossroads between the pop and country industries, the premise of another upcoming episode is a dilemma set out on an actual road. "Dual Citizenship" sends Marshall and Ted on a road trip in attempts to relive a college memory, but with Lily tagging along, their final destination shifts from Chicago to Rogers himself, according to IGN.

In past seasons, the series has featured Jane Seymour, Bob Barker, Danica McKellar of Wonder Years fame, and three of Jason Segel's Freaks and Geeks co-stars.

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