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Highlights from the Legendary ‘HIMYM’ Panel

Image courtesy of Wesleyan U.

Image courtesy of Wesleyan U.

Note: This article contains a couple of spoilers for people who haven’t yet seen HIMYM (or most notably, the series finale). And if you’re one of those people, you’re really missing out.

Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, the co-creators, co-writers, and co-producers of How I Met Your Mother returned to campus on Saturday night. Their hit CBS sitcom ended last spring, with its finale garnering 12.9 million viewers (brag moment: that’s 2 million more than Breaking Bad’s finale). Scott Higgins, Chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image, asked them a range of questions before opening it up to a very excited audience. Here’s a roundup of the good stories and choice quotes from the night.

Official ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale Party

Wesleyan's fall campus, Oct. 2012

Nine seasons in the making, and we have snacks! This is an event of my personal making:

Join students, faculty, staff, and me in watching the series finale of How I Met Your Mother on the massive flat screen TV in the Career Center! Co-created by Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, the show has won several awards in its nine seasons!

Come in at 7:30 PM to indulge in generous refreshments, the show starts at 8, and be on your merry way! No reservations required! Just show up (and suit up, if you’re so inclined)!

Sponsored by University Relations and the Wes Watches HIMYM Blog

Date: Monday, March 31st, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Olson Commons, Career Center

My Dinner With Michael: Roth Chills Hard With HIMYM’s Bays, Thomas ’97

During my freshman year, it took Argus writers Jessica Jordan ’13 and Jiovani Robles ’13 approximately eight months to score an interview with revered How I Met Your Mother co-creators Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97. We would know, too: they maintained a prolific diaryturnedArguscolumn recording their desperate efforts to contact the duo. They dug up old yearbook photos and Ampersand pieces, invented imaginary awards, even wrote a one-act play based on their quest. (For more of Bays’ bizarre Ampersand material, check this apology to the Wesleyan community and editorial farewell.) When they finally published an interview, they were no longer freshmen.

Supreme leader Michael Roth ’78, on the other hand, seems to have gotten lucky on his first try.

Above, via Wesconnect, check out clips from a conversation between MRoth and the Bays/Thomas duo at a nifty-looking alumni get-together at the Paley Center for Media in L.A.

Thomas, Bays ’97 Go All HIMYM On Our Asses

It’s hard enough getting an interview these days with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, creators of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother and powerful multibillionaires. For two Argus arts writers, it took the better part of freshman year.

But now Bays and Thomas want to talk. Specifically, they’ve managed to log onto to Wesleyan’s WesConnect alumni news board to spam their upcoming seventh season to point out some past Wes shout-outs (have you noticed? yeah?) and promise more. Here’s a clip of their message to the Wes community:

See, Carter and I based three of the main characters, Ted, Marshall and Lily (played by Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan) on Carter, myself and Rebecca Alson-Milkman (class of ’98) and had them meet at Wesleyan, much like ourselves. Over six seasons, we’ve written in many a reference to our beloved alma mater (Have you caught them, Wesleyan? Really? Okay, pop quiz: name them all. I’m waiting… You know what, I don’t believe you, let’s just move on!)

From The Vaults: Carter Bays, Amper Editor

Everyone knows Carter Bays ’97, Emmy-nominated co-creator, writer, and executive producer (with Craig Thomas ’97) of How I Met Your Mother, went to Wesleyan. The guy won’t let you forget it: the show’s riddled with Wes references, from fictional alumni to shout-outs to “McConaughey Dining Hall” (whose demolition, by the way, Bays avidly supported—go figure).

Far fewer know how he got his start in comedy writing: before HIMYM, and before his first post-Wes day job with The Late Show with David Letterman, Bays served a brief but memorable stint as editor of the Ampersand. (Naturally, this means I, too, will conveniently waltz into a nationally successful television career upon graduation. Thanks, fate.) Last year the Argus‘s HIMYM Diaries column dredged up a few amusing selections from Bays’ Amper tenure. When he finally granted the interview, the producer expressed embarrassment: “I just can’t read that stuff again.”

HIMYM makes gazillion Wesleyan references

Last night’s How I Met Your Mother (created by Craig Thomas ’97 and Carter Bays ’97) had even more Wesleyan shoutouts than usual. Three of the show’s main characters went to Wesleyan on the show.

In last night’s episode, Ted Mosby reflected on his time on the “Mysterious Dr. X” on the WesU radio station. Here’s a screenshot of the description on his resume:

As the Mysterious Dr. X, he also organized distinctly Wesleyan “campus-wide” protests…

…at our favorite (though, sadly, soon to fade out of campus memory) dining hall, MoCon.

Watch the whole episode totally legally from CBS.com. Also, someone posted this link in the Shoutbox to to Dr. X’s old website, mysteriousdrx.com, with plenty of more great Wesleyan-mocking (three sample truly hilarious radio shows where Dr. X will be “triggering your mental orgasms with his long, hard di…scourses.” and hey, there’s even a reference to a popular campus web log? hmm…)