An executive producer for “How I Met Your Mother” says he’s open to having Britney Spears return for another cameo.
“We always said, ‘You know, if her character pops, we’ll bring her back,”’ Carter Bays told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I thought she was great. I was very proud of that episode.”
TVGuide.com also cited multiple sources as saying producers are seeking her return for at least one more episode as a dermatology office assistant named Abby, who falls for the show’s lead character, Ted, played by Josh Radnor.
The report quoted one insider as saying, “It all depends on her availability.”
Spears, 26, garnered good reviews for her guest starring role as the goofy receptionist in the March 24 episode of the cult CBS sitcom. The show ended with Spears’ character flirting with womanizer Barney (Neil Patrick Harris).
Her appearance drew 10.6 million viewers — up from its season-to-date average of 7.8 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.
On the following episode, which aired Monday, the show introduced a “mystery woman” who’s been sabotaging Barney’s usually successful attempts to pick up ladies.
Asked if Spears might turn out to be the saboteur, Bays said: “Could be. There’s no reason why not.” He also suggested actress Sarah Chalke, who guest starred alongside Spears.
Bays said it was surreal to see Spears on the set.
“It was totally weird. ... I think we have a very, like, kind of Midwestern homey vibe here on the show, and it was strange to suddenly have helicopters circling,” he said.
So will she or won’t she come back?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know the answer to that.”
Her appearance on “Mother” was her first prime-time acting role since she made a guest spot in March 2006 playing a Christian conservative talk-show host on “Will & Grace.”
Spears, 26, rose to fame as a child star on the Disney channel and scored numerous hit songs as a teenager, including, “Oops ... I Did It Again.”
In 2002, she was named the world’s top celebrity by Forbes magazine after earning $39.2 million in a single year.
But in late 2006, Spears split from her second husband, Kevin Federline. Since then she has been in and out of rehab, lost custody of her two young sons to Federline, and was hospitalized twice in January for psychiatric evaluation.
Her highly publicized comeback performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in September last year was widely panned as a flop. Her new album, “Blackout,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last November, but quickly slid down the chart.