Scandal-free Britney on “How I Met Your Mother”

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AfterEllen.com tends to shy

away from writing about women who get more publicity from their real-life

escapades than their talent. But I have to admit, I have kind of a soft

spot for Britney Spears. Probably because I still remember her

like this.

As Dorothy Snarker reported last week, Spears is guest starring on How

I Met Your Mother
Monday evening. Cast regulars Alyson Hannigan (Lily) and Jason Segal (Marshall) praised her comic

timing
, and Cobie

Smulders
(Robin) called Spears a “true professional.” Wait — I almost missed a chance to

post a new picture of Alyson.

Britney plays Abby, the nerdy

receptionist for Ted’s dermatologist (played by Sarah Chalke).

CBS released some clips over the weekend, and Britney actually does a

pretty good job with the role.

Abby is smitten with Ted and

gradually transforms herself from mousy to sexy to get Ted’s attention.

 

 

At Ted’s next appointment,

Abby is reading the book that Ted was reading in the previous scene.

 

 

The CBS promotional clip gives

us a preview of Abby’s interactions with

Barney
(Neil

Patrick Harris
). To me, Spears seems to be poking fun at herself

— a good sign, IMO.

 

 

OK, we’re not talking Emmy

Award here, but you have to admit that Britney is likeable in this role,

and she looks, well, kinda hot. I know putting her in a role like Abby

is a publicity move to help clean up her image. But the truth is, it

works. I like this Britney — and hope she sticks around.

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