'How I Met Your Mother' scoop: Will Lily and Marshall ever have a baby?

himym-segel-hanniganImage Credit: Eric McCandless/FoxIt might be a while before we hear the pitter-patter of little feet around the home of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Segel told EW that he thinks the producers will hold off on giving the couple a baby – mostly because he shouldn’t be trusted with infants, the actor admitted half-jokingly (at least, we think).

“They watched the way I reacted to the pregnancy scare and it terrified them so I don’t think they will do that again to me for awhile,” Segel said, while walking the red carpet of Gulliver’s Travels on Sunday. The actor is referring to a recent episode of HIMYM, when Lily and Marshall started to panic after a test said she was pregnant (but she really wasn’t). 

“Everyone is terrified of me with a baby,” Segel continued. “They fear for the baby’s safety so I don’t think they are gonna rush the story too much because they don’t want to entrust me with a baby for filming. I think they are afraid that no parents will let me treat their baby like my own because I have no idea what I’m doing. It is like the old Bugs Bunny cartoon with the Abominable Snowman where he was holding the baby upside down and said ‘I’ll hug him and squeeze him.’ That’s me. He doesn’t stand a chance so casting could be real tough.”

Meanwhile, Segel is busy promoting Travels – in which he co-stars with Jack Black and Emily Blunt – and still pinching himself that he was trusted to reboot The Muppets. Segel is co-writing the screenplay and will also star. “Rick Gervais and Jack Black are doing a bit in January [in the movie]. Right now I’m working seven days a week between shooting my TV show and the Muppets  …I guess I have started doing a few family projects in a row but don’t worry, I have some R-rated stuff coming out too. Just no more full frontal. I think I am done with that. I rode that train as far as I could. I think the next time I would do it is when I’m 90. We’ll do Sarah Marshall 2 and I’ll just flaunt my weird old man penis.”

The actor is also writing his film for next summer, Five-Year Engagement. “We will start shooting in April,” he explains. “It is a romantic comedy. Our goal is Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally and if we get within their stratosphere of substance, we will be happy. It really dissects relationships and aims to show how complicated they are over a long period of time. This is a five-year period and in that time things change and morph and the power dynamic shifts and people wane and eyes wonder and you question everything and this movie is about that in a funny way, I hope.” – With reporting from Carrie Bell

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  • Sarah El

    I have to admit that I don’t care if we ever see Lily and Marshall with a kid, except that it might make them shut up about it. The more burning question: Will Ted EVER meet the mother?

    • Justin K

      I’ve been wandering this forever…

      • Mike

        I see what you did there (even if no one else does)!

      • DaniVT

        What- after fiver years your eyes don’t wonder at other people?

      • Greg

        Nice! That bothered me, to. :)

  • Kate

    I don’t think they will until they are ready to wrap the show. Too many story lines involve drinking and the bar for them to naturally include pregnancy/baby. That being said I think it may be time for them to pick an end point because the show seems to be losing its spark. I loved it in the beginning but now I watch more out of habit. Zooey has really dragged the show down.

    • Ellen

      How can she drag the show down? She’s barely been in it! Of the 12 episodes this season, she’s probably been in a total of 15 minutes. By the majority of comments I’ve been reading on the message boards, there has been a lot of dissatisfaction with the series over the last two seasons, with the baby storyline and the question of whether we’ll ever meet the mother being at the top of the complaint list. While I agree that Zoey has been inconsistently written, I have liked the character for the most part, except for the scene where she secretly tapes Ted at the museum. Once the writers figure out if we’re supposed to like her or dislike her, I think she’ll be fine.

      • Ann

        I think she drags it down just because they have no idea what to do with her. She was annoying as an enemy, she isn’t a natural fit for the group and she won’t be the mother. She’s just a giant road block in the story. It seems like they signed the actress for too many episodes without actually figuring out how to use her. I, like others, think it’s time to pick a wrap point because they are running out of ways to convincingly stall all these characters from moving forward with their lives.

      • LLL

        I have to admit to finding the character incomprehensible. She protests to Ted about the new GNB building, but her husband is a big muckity-muck at GNB? What is she doing. And then she’s a little rich girl who wants folks sorry for her because she married Kyle Mclaughlin? Then there’s the taping incident. I just don’t see where they’ve tried to make her likable in any way.

      • Elizabeth

        I’m still hoping Victoria (the cupcake girl) comes back from Germany and she’s the mom. She and Ted had the best chemistry – even more than Robin/Ted, or Stella/Ted.

      • bootsycolumbia

        No way, Elizabeth. Mother has GOT to be the slutty pumpkin, from way back in season 1. I’m still convinced that Ted is going to reunite with her and she’s going to end up being the mother.

      • Dawn

        I agree with Elizabeth! The Victoria eps from season one were sublime!

  • DZ

    Historically, when a baby is born into a sitcom with established characters, the quality of the show goes down. So that’s probably why they won’t bring a baby. Or – they can just ignore their kid like Ross & Rachel did on ‘Friends’. Rachel just carried the baby monitor with her everywhere.

  • Ethan

    This show has jumped the shark already. This season is a little better last, which is not saying much. The jokes are not funny and the characters are becoming cardboard characters.

    • Jimmy Hendrx

      Wow way to be cynical bro, last season the show was definately in a serious rut and it looked like the show had jumped the shark, but this season has been as good as the show has ever been.

      • teeps

        While I understand the desire to nix a term that gets used over and over… or one that is not longer used so sparingly that it is cool… and I see that “jump the shark” has been overused and no longer can be said in a way that makes one look smart without actually being so. However, the term is useful. It describes a known trend. We all know what some means when they say jump the shark. Who cares if it isn’t cool anymore?

        That said, I have noticed that the show definitely does not have the same spark, but in alot of ways, I think that is a factor of what the show is. In general, I think it is consistently funny and consistently good. Ride that kind of plateau of quality and people start to think a show is slipping simply because it isn’t continuing to get better and better.

    • sick of the negativity

      The expression “jump the shark” used by pseudo-wannabe TV critics who post in comments sections, should be canncellef as should the un-imaginative morons who use it and most likely don’t even know where it comes from.

      • sick of the negativity

        sorry typing on an IPod!! Damn small keyboard

      • Wha,ever

        Come on, don’t be too harsh. Do YOU know where every one of the expressions you use come from ?

      • RH

        Yes, thank you. So tired of hearing the phrase used incorrectly. I doubt most of the people who use it were even born when Happy Days was on.

  • Ellen

    I think Friday Night Lights has done a wonderful job of incorporating a baby into the Taylor family. Baby Gracie has never been used as a punch line or a plot contrivance, but has been shown realistically. I love to see her honest reactions with her TV family.
    As far as comedies go, Modern Family has done a good job with baby Lily, who isn’t conveniently tucked away out of sight in every episode. The baby model plotline was a little silly, but it IS a comedy, so I can understand why the writers did that.
    I can’t think of any other shows where a baby has enhanced the series, but I imagine there are a few out there.

  • alex

    I LOVE that abominable snowman reference! I had forgotten all about that character.. love jason segel! he just seems like a pretty cool guy overall.

  • Other Mel

    Didn’t they already establish a baby delay when voice-over Ted said something about “two years later…” in reference to Lily being pregnant?

    • k

      Yes. They’ve already shown Lily pregnant and arguing with Barney because he called her fat. It was 2-3 episodes ago, so we already know it will happen.

  • Diane

    I’m assuming that the show will find the Mother and give Lily a kid when Jason Segal decides he’s too busy to sign another HIMYM contract

    • CiCi217

      That would be the perfect time, at the show’s end. Who wants to watch the show with a baby on it.

      • Couchtime With Jill

        People who watch Modern Family.

  • Couchtime With Jill

    I still think they’ll give Lily and Marshall a baby. It seems like a lot of what he said there was in jest.

  • Mike O

    The show needs an end date. On the last show, Ted will meet the mother and Lilly and Marshall will have the baby. Robin gets a network news job in Canada and Barney just continues to be Barney. It will be a 90-minute show.

  • John Berggren

    I would rather see this show end on a high note than drag on too long. Of course how 2.5 Men goes on and on forever is beyond me. I think they have one or two good years left in them.

  • for the love of god

    END IT!

    • Bob

      Right there with ya, big guy.

  • Al

    Last season was a little slow, but I am loving this season. I don’t get all the negativity. The show is called How I Met Your Mother, so yes, she will be introduced closer to the end since that’s when the “story” ends. Relax and quit worrying about when we actually meet her. I hope they’re on for a good nine or ten seasons, like Seinfeld and Friends.

    • Elizabeth

      He could have met her already, just not telling his kids yet and just changed the name. Kinda like that movie “Definetly, Maybe” with Ryan Reynolds. Like I said earlier, I hope Victoria comes back.

      • Waa Waa

        I believe Jason Segal said he was leaving when his contract expired. The tupically sign 7 year deals, which is two years away I think, so hopefully we will see and end soon.

  • tony

    I was just watching some old episodes of HIMYM and they were so hilarious, but it also made me realize how hit and miss this season is. An episode either nails it or is just okay. I think Kyle MacLachlan as the Captain is hilarious though. In terms of when he meets the mother, i think they should just take their time getting there. Im glad they’re dropping the baby storyline for now though, the back and forth emotions of having a baby were a little annoying this season.

  • bruno

    this show is still on?

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