Scoop: Robbie Amell Lands Son Role in Bill Lawrence's Like Father Pilot for Fox

How I Met Your Mother alum Robbie Amell has been tapped to play the co-lead opposite Colin Ferguson in Bill Lawrence’s semi-autobiographical Fox comedy pilot Like Father.

The premise: When Van Lyons’ (Ferguson) wife dies, he shows up at son Will’s (Amell) college campus for a prolonged visit, hoping to get his son to open up and get on with his grieving.

Amell, the cousin of Vampire Diaries alum and newly-christened Green Arrow Stephen Amell, is coming off of guest stints on Revenge and CSI: NY. His additional credits include the Scooby-Doo live-action TV-movies (playing head-sleuth Fred) and Nickelodeon’s hit kiddie show True Jackson, VP.

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  1. A says:

    Robbie and Stephen are cousins.

  2. M says:

    Actually, they’re cousins, not brothers.

  3. Kiki says:

    Michael, your habit of turning a one or two episode appearance into alum status is getting out of hand. I know HIMYM is more well known than True Jackson, but he did two episodes of the former, and 38 episodes of the latter. Or if you’re going to pick a two episode appearance, why not go with his two eps of hot property Revenge?

    • Reality says:

      Yeah, who was he on HIMYM? Was that Scooby?

      (Lets just go w/ former guest star instead of alum.)

    • Matheus Munhoz says:

      Yeah, I was like “HIMYM alum? Who is that? How do I not know him?”, and then I saw he just did two episodes.

  4. NJM says:

    Is it sad that I remember him first and foremost from that made for TV movie, Picture This, with Ashley Tisdale?

  5. Amanda says:

    So, I guess Bill’s attempt to find someone new to play the role via Youtube didn’t work out.

  6. Leah says:

    he looks way too old to be a college student.

  7. gcem says:

    You’re never too old to be a college student. I should know, I didn’t start college till I was 27 and the mother of three.

  8. M says:

    Colin Ferguson is 39. Must’ve been a young father.