Sometimes it takes a few years for TV series to get noticed by Emmy voters. "Scrubs" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," for example, were snubbed for their first two seasons, but each nabbed noms for best comedy series for season three. Heck, "Raymond" went on to win twice (2003, 2005).
"How I Met Your Mother" experienced a dry spell during its first three seasons, earning scatter-shot nominations in second-tier races, but then it got a surprise nomination for best comedy last year. It lost to "30 Rock," which took home a third consecutive series award.
Now "HIMYM" is singing in the rain — literally. The campaign DVD package shipped to Emmy voters last week depicts the rain-soaked cast with umbrellas and, inside, Neil Patrick Harris pops up from the package's centerfold while doing a Gene Kelly spin around a lamp post. The scene is a reference to "Girls vs. Suits," the series' special 100th episode that ended with an homage to classic movie tuners. To drive home the musical message, the "How I Met Your Mother" DVD is fastened to the center of a cardboard circle that looks like an old vinyl record.
In addition to "Girls vs. Suits," the disc also contains two more episodes: "The Playbook" and "Doppelgangers."
Top photo: A scene from the "Girls vs. Suits" episode of "How I Met Your Mother." Credit: CBS
Lower photos: The "How I Met Your Mother" Emmy campaign DVD package. Credit: Tom O'Neil