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'How I Met Your Mother': Robin's got a crush on Michael Trucco

March 25, 2011 | 11:45 am

NUP_140766_0228 Things are getting a little more romantically complicated on “How I Met Your Mother,” but it has nothing to do with the mother. Michael Trucco will appear as a potential love interest for Robin (Cobie Smulders) in an upcoming episode, CBS confirms.

Trucco will play Robin's often discussed but never before seen crush from years earlier in the April 18 episode, TV Guide Magazine first reported. The character has the potential to come back next season despite the fact that Trucco is currently on USA Network's “Fairly Legal.”

During a recent interview, Show Tracker asked executive producer Craig Thomas what's in store for Robin next season. Earlier this month, executive producer Carter Bays told AOL TV that “there's going to be a lot of Robin next season.”

“There were a bunch of huge, emotional arcs going on for the other characters in Season 6, so Robin’s stories were more light and funny,” Thomas replied. “Next season, we intend to dig into Robin’s emotional life more, while, hopefully, sacrificing none of the funny.”

Sounds like Robin is getting a meaty romantic storyline for next season. To complicate matters even further, Nazanin Boniadi is set to return as Nora in the May 16 season finale. Could Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Nora be the ones walking down the aisle? Is she just Barney's date to the wedding? Will there even be a wedding?

In other casting news, CBS confirms that Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies”) and Dave Foley (“Kids in the Hall") will appear in the finale as a construction foreman working on the new GNB tower and Marshall's potential new boss, respectively.

Show Trackers, are you looking forward to digging deeper into Robin next year? What do you think of Trucco as a love interest for Robin? And how perfectly awesome is the casting of the hilarious Chi McBride and Dave Foley?

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— Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

Photo: Michael Trucco on “Fairly Legal.” Credit: Alan Zenuk / USA Network.