Programming note: Cobie Smulders Week here at COTW continues today with the behind-the-scenes video of Cobie’s Maxim magazine photo shoot.
We thought long and hard (no pun intended, but now that you mention it…) about whether to class it up today and offer up Cobie Smulders’ insightful and informative interview with Vulture, New York Magazine’s awesome blog, or whether to serve up the behind-the-scenes video from her Maxim magazine photo shoot.
We hope you’ll appreciate the choice we made. We’ll get you that Vulture interview tomorrow.
In the interview, Cobie’s Canadian roots are brought up immediately as the interviewer asks her to insult them.
“I don’t know if a Canadian would do that!” she says.
C’mon! If there were a gun to a Canadian’s head…
First of all, if it were a Canadian, it would be a shotgun, because we have very few handguns. Second of all, I think the word “hoser” would be used, but the Canadian would have to drink lots of beer to slip up like that.
Mmm…beer. What’s your favorite Canadian brew?
I love Moosehead. Yes, that’s a beer!
Programming note: Continuing with Cobie Smulders Week here at COTW, here’s last night’s episode of “How I Met your Mother,” which featured the return of Robin Sparkles.
The big night came Monday as Robin Sparkles returned to “How I Met Your Mother” for the third time. As we reminded you yesterday, Robin Sparkles is the Canadian teen-idol alter-ego of the show’s Canadian TV morning show host Robin Sherbatsky, who is played by Canadian actress Cobie Smulders.
Robin Sparkles’ big return came in the form of an episode of “Space Teens,” which Barney discovered and parsed out in brief segments throughout Monday night’s “HIMYM” episode.
What we learned was that Robin’s persona actually came out of this kids’ show, in which she co-starred with her best friend Jessica Glitter (played by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger). In the show, Robin and Jessica were lost in space and used math to solve crimes. It contained significant sexual undertones, including slow-motion shots of Robin and Jessica bouncing up and down and playing with a joystick in tremendously suggestive fashion. It culminated in the singing of a song about friendship, “The Beaver Song,” which repeats the line “Two beavers are better than one.”
Programming note: It’s Cobie Smulders Week here at COTW.
She’s having a moment, and we’re along for the ride. Tonight, Robin Sparkles, the Canadian teen idol alter-ego of Robin Scherbatsky, Cobie’s character on “How I Met Your Mother” returns.
Got that straight? She’s so Canadian, she’s basically three Canadians at once! Smulders, a Vancouver native, plays Robin Scherbatsky, a Canadian-born TV morning show host in New York, who had a brief moment as a Debbie Gibson-like teen pop star in Canada with hits such as “Let’s Go to the Mall” and “Sandcastles in the Sand.”
Another layer of Robin Sparkles’ past is peeled away in tonight’s episode when Barney finds a tape of an old Canadian TV show, “Space Teens,” which stars Robin and her cohort Glitter, played by guest star Nicole Scherzinger. Here’s a quick clip:
We’re officially into summer, which means it’s time for Canadian of the Week to launch its Top 10 Canadians of the 2009-10 TV season list.
This was a big year for Canadians on TV, and each weekday for the next 10 days, we’ll feature a new entrant on our list, until we reach the top spot. The Canadian star who tops the list will win the inaugural William A. Shatner Award for Canadian Excellence in American Television Programming (yes, we made that up).
WIthout further ado, in the No. 10 spot is Cobie Smulders of “How I Met Your Mother.”
There are several reasons for including Cobie in our Top 10, the first and foremost being that she will more than likely be included on any list we do — because she is that awesome.
But this season was one in particular where the Canadian-ness of her character Robin Scherbatzky was also tested and called into question. As Robin continues to struggle to find her place in the world, she realized that she’s losing her Canadian roots while having yet to establish American ones.
Check out the clip below for a sample of her border-crossing dilemma, which features a visit to a Tim Hortons in her native land. And check out the one below that, suggested by Twitter follower @Black_tynamite, where Robin’s gets “Super-Canadian”!