HIMYM Taps Van Der Beek, Priestley and More for Robin Sparkles' Return! Plus: A First Look!

himym_beek300No less than a Canadian invasion will mark Robin Sparkles’ return in the Feb. 4  How I Met Your Mother.

Repeat guest stars James Van Der Beek (technically, not a Canadian, but that’s okay, eh?) and Alan Thicke will lead the Great White Northern charge in the episode.

Additionally, Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210), Paul Shaffer (Late Show with David Letterman), Alex Trebek (Jeopardy!) and a cadre of other Canadian guest stars will appear in the outing.

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The latest chapter in the pop singer’s saga will show off “a little bit of a darker, edgier Robin Sparkles,” according to executive producer Carter Bays, as viewers learn “what dominoes had to fall to get her from there” to who she is today.

To help tell that story, the CBS sitcom has enlisted “a crazy lineup of people,” which includes musician k.d. lang and several Canadian athletes.

Thicke previously played Robin’s dad in the “Sandcastles in the Sand” music video, while Van Der Beek was her ex-boyfriend, Simon.

Press PLAY to watch CBS announce the big casting news and then scroll down for a first look at the latest incarnation of Robin Sparkles.

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47 Comments
  1. Grace says:

    give me a nathan fillion. <3

  2. Ant says:

    I can’t stand James Van Der Douche. That whole little side story was terrible.

  3. I love that the video about the Canadian’s can’t be viewed in Canada.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Fingers crossed for Bryan Adams!!! That would be amazing!!

  5. JennK says:

    Geddy Lee! Seriously?!??!? That is cool.

    Topher, just check out the casting announcement on YouTube.

    I wonder if they’ll have Steven Page will introduce R

  6. JennK says:

    Robin Sparkles to? Hit done by mistake.

  7. Eric says:

    I’m Canadian, and desperately want to know who’s involved? Did someone say Steven Page? I’m a huge fan! This video won’t work on this site or on YouTube. Could someone make a list?

  8. JennK says:

    Alan Thicke
    Paul Shaffer
    James Van Der Beek
    k.d. Lang
    Jason Priestly
    Steven Page
    Geddy Lee
    Luc Robitaille

    • Eric says:

      Thank you! And.. wow. Geddy Lee! Steven Page!! Alan Thicke!!! Again!!! Alan Thicke is from my hometown, so it’s incredible that he appears on one of my favorite series fairly often. These are some great guest stars and I’m quite excited.

  9. JennK says:

    Alex Trebek

  10. Erin says:

    k.d. lang on HIMYM is something I never knew I wanted so badly until I heard it was happening.

  11. Deena says:

    Luc Robitaille! Seeley Booth will be crushed.

  12. Remer says:

    We live in a glocal (no, not a spelling mistake) world. Networks need to realise they gain absolutely nothing by geo-locking a clip. Sites like TVLine, which has a readers from around the world, need to start putting pressure on the networks to stop doing this. Because at the end of the day, TVLine just has a bunch of angry and annoyed readers who will become less and less likely to click on anything that says “video” in the title.

    • TV Gord says:

      The rights to the clips belong to the channels/networks airing them in each respective country. In Canada, for instance, it would be City-TV. The frustration is that City-TV doesn’t release a similar clip, so we Canuckleheads don’t get to see it.

  13. Mike says:

    So excited for this one, we better get one more song..

  14. isee says:

    If only they could get Shatner… Now that would be legendary!

  15. siskaaw says:

    yes i think you need Nathan Fillion right?

  16. Betsy says:

    or Alanis? she could clearly fit into a bitter-Barney-ex storyline. Sadly Michael Buble is owned by NBC or he’d be a nice tie-in.

  17. Laure says:

    Please let ‘Sandcastles in the Sand’ be playing at Barney and Robin’s wedding!!! First dance maybe

  18. Alan says:

    yes van der beek. his is still my favorite non-slap bet related robin sparkles episode

  19. Bob says:

    Stinkin’ Canadians.

  20. brutony says:

    That sounds like a beauty, eh? I think its aboot time, you hosers!

  21. Tru says:

    I might have to tune in to watch for the first time in a few years because I loved Robin Sparkles.

  22. Chandramas says:

    Nathan Fillion and now that’s free Joshua Jackson… Canadian with blue eyes will be my damnation!

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