'How I Met Your Mother': John Lithgow is Barney's dad


Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) recent decision to meet his father is going to have a swift pay-off. John Lithgow ("Dexter") will join "How I Met Your Mother" for a February episode, as our favorite player's long lost pops. Co-star Cobie Smulders broke the news in an interview on the TV Guide Network, saying "It's really exciting and different for our show. He's such a pioneer."The character actor has had quite a run, and after his brilliantly psychotic turn on "Dexter," it will be nice to see him tackle something with a little more whimsy. And a dad isn't the only new person in Barney's life. TVLine reports former "General Hospital" actress Nazanin Boniadi gets a multi-episode arc later this season as his new love interest -- not the best news for those of you still hoping for a Barney/Robin reunion this season....



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