‘How I Met Your Mother’ Reveals Season 8 Returning Guest-Stars

A scene from the Sept. 24 premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" (Monty Brinton/CBS)

When “How I Met Your Mother” returns for its eighth season premiere, Robin (Cobie Smulders) will be experiencing such major pre-wedding jitters on her pending nuptials to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) that Ted (Josh Radnor) tries to calm her nerves by recalling an applicable story from his never-ending supply. In this instance, it is the tale of how he insisted on leaving a note for Victoria’s (Ashley Williams) jilted fiancĂ© (Thomas Lennon as Klaus) before the two run off together. So will Robin go through with the wedding? You will have to tune into the premiere on September 24 to find out.

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As Ted continues to unfold the story of how he met the mother of his children, favorite characters from past seasons will once again return to take on their roles in the tale. Among those confirmed to return are Chris Elliot, Bob Odenkirk, Joe Manganiello, Ashley Williams, and Michael Trucco.

“We’re so proud of — and flattered by — the caliber of guest stars who appear on ‘How I Met Your Mother,'” executive producer Craig Thomas said in making the announcement. “These are all amazing actors that we’re just huge fans of. The fact that they wanted to do the show even once? Amazing. The fact that they all still like us and wanted to come back? Even better!”

Here is the breakdown from CBS on which characters the guest stars play and when they were last seen on the show:

Chris Elliot is back as Lily’s father Mickey, who was there to see his new grandson after she gave birth, in the episode “The Magician’s Code, Part One,” on May 14, 2012. This season, Mickey is still mooching off of Lily and Marshall.

The last time Bob Odenkirk appeared as Arthur Hobbs, Marshall’s old boss, was in season six’s episode “The Perfect Cocktail,” when the Arcadian hotel was finally knocked down to make room for the new GNB headquarters. The episode aired Monday, May 21, 2011. Bob returns as Barney’s lawyer who helps him draw up a pre-nup before he marries Quinn.

Brad, Marshall’s pal from law school played by Joe Manganiello, appeared in season five’s premiere, “Definitions,” in which Robin and Barney finally define their new relationship. The episode aired Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Brad and Marshall’s friendship will be put to the test this season.

Ashley Williams is back as Victoria, Ted’s ex-girlfriend who ran out on her own wedding and into the arms of Ted during the season seven finale, “The Magician’s Code, Part Two,” on Monday, May 14, 2012. Victoria is back, and she and Ted are still going strong.

And Nick, Robin’s crush played by Michael Trucco, was last seen in the season six episode, “Hopeless” on April 11, 2011. After alluding to a future relationship, Robin and Nick finally get together.

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“How I Met Your Mother” returns for its eighth season on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c. on CBS.

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