Bob Saget Won't Narrate The 'How I Met Your Mother' Series Finale
Not that it's apparently going anywhere soon exactly, but when the curtain finally comes down upon "How I Met Your Mother," know this: it won't be familiar (yet always uncredited) narrator Bob Saget telling everyone to drive home safely.
In a chat with TVLine, the CBS hit's executive producer Craig Thomas claims that he'll skip going out the way the show came in - with the diametric acerbic stand-up/squeeky-clean "Full House" lead telling the titular story as an aged version of lead character Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) to his two children - but instead with the "Radnor" Mosby finally catching up.
To assure that it won't, in fact, be Present-Day Ted taking the reins, Thomas guarantees "the most awkward transition in series television" by putting Radnor - who, it should be noted, sounds practically nothing like Saget - into some hopefully well-done makeup.
"When I watched the end of the last 'Harry Potter' [movie] I had such respect for what a problem that was to just jump ahead and look so much older," Thomas said. "Because we might be staring into a the barrel of a makeup situation at some point."
Thomas gives himself too little credit. Really, the show has done it before. One particular episode featured multiple vignettes depicting Ted and his best friends Robin (Cobie Smulders), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) some 30 years into the future, as they contemplated whether Ted's current girlfriend would pass "the front-porch test" (no, I'm not explaining the reference; every episode you could want can all be watched here.)
Still another situation called for the normally svelte NPH to be dressed up to look more like portly Chris Farley than Doogie Howser's grown up, diabolical twin.
Problems would have only arisen had Saget ever been shown in the flesh. Radnor is billed at around 5'11", Saget ticks the tape at a gigantic 6'4" or so but the two sound just similar enough that given a little time for Radnor to practice and perfect Saget's rhythm, he should do just fine.
Keep in mind as well, this is the seventh "How I Met Your Mother" season. It's just a natural course that around this time, several factors start forming the perfect storm that signals when the show just can't go on anymore: performers start getting itchy to do something else, and some get good enough offers that the wish comes true; writers' ideas feel less and less fresh and more and more desperate; and fans? Well, they just get bored and start looking elsewhere.
The end certainly hasn't been officially declared by anybody, but maybe it's worth thinking about as fans.
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