TV Co-stars Rooting for Harris Emmy Win

Neil Patrick Harris is taking on the role of Emmy host with a lot of good wishes from his friends.

After four years together, the cast of "How I Met Your Mother" isn't just rooting for a Best Comedy win on Sunday night. They told Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen they' ll also cheering for co-star Harris to walk away with the award for Best Supporting Actor and shine as the show's host.

This is Harris' third consecutive nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

"It's just, it's such an honor. It's so nice. And that means people know our show," said Alyson Hannigan, who plays Lily.

It's not just the fans, who love to watch the show; the crew behind the scenes are having a blast as well.

"We get a lot of, it seems like a lot of crew people have said this is their favorite work experience they've ever had," said Josh Radnor, who plays Ted. "And a lot of people who have had years in the business and they say I want to ride this one to retirement. So that's nice."

Although that may be a lot of pressure on the cast, they have a great sense of humor and optimistic approach for what's to come.

"That's my goal. I want to ride this straight into retirement. Sixty-five," joked, Jason Segel, who plays Marshall.


"He's got a variety of talents. The guy can sing, the guy can dance, he can act. He's got a good sense of humor. He's very good looking. He's got charisma. He looks fantastic in a tuxedo and he's game to go along with anything that is thrown his way," Segel added.

"I'll probably do some singing, maybe, maybe. I don't know. I'll do a monologue for sure," Harris said.

Even though Harris got great reviews for hosting this year's Tony Awards, he wants to improve his craft by learning from some veterans.

"I randomly ran into Jerry Seinfeld. What a sentence!" Harris laughed. "Asked his opinion 'cause he, he knows a lot about TV. And he said to just work really hard, make sure you're working hard. Make sure everyone can see that you're not just coasting through it, and then they'll have your back."

On Monday night, "How I Met Your Mother" kicks off its fifth season. Further delving into the complicated relationship between Barney (played by Harris) and Robin (played by Cobie Smulders).

"We sort of made the jump into boyfriend-girlfriend, but I don't think that they're really into labeling it," Smulders said.

"Who likes who more?" Chen asked.

"I think it's pretty even-keeled right now. At the end of last season, it was Neil, well Barney, who was more into Robin," Smulders said. "And now it's sort of like they're both in this together."

"I think it's sort of like a tug of war," Hannigan added.

But the big question remains when will we ever find out who exactly is the mother in "How I Met Your Mother".

The cast shared their different takes on how it should play out.

"I go back and forth between wondering whether, since the show is called 'How I Met your Mother,' that that should be the last episode of the series," Harris said. "Or, if you should meet her and then you could say that was the mother and then it doesn't go well you have to win her back. You know, I mean, that could carry on for awhile, too, so..."

"It could be. It would be a nice thing, maybe, like the very last moment of the series. You know, and there she was... who knows, maybe we'll never even see her, I don't know," Radnor added.

The new season will also feature the show's very special 100th Episode, which promises to have a musical twist.

The 61st Annual Emmy Awards airs this Sunday night at 8/7 Central and the fifth season premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" airs on Monday night at it's new time of 8/7 Central, both on CBS.
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