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Fertility Update, TV Sitcoms Edition

I'm pretty sure most people here who watch How I Met Your Mother know Alyson Hannigan is pregnant. However, I just discovered Cobie Smulders, the other female lead on the show, is also expecting a baby. (Hannigan is due maybe a month or two before Smulders, both this spring.)

Nobody's said whether the pregnancies are going to be written into the show -- I'm pretty sure they won't write one in for Smulders (her character is supposedly very much against having kids), and I hope they don't for Hannigan, either. Not that the episodes haven't been hinting -- one episode last month had Lily (Hannigan's character) ready to have a kid, but her husband (Jason Segal) decided he wasn't ready -- but that TV sitcoms tend to do one of two things when a baby is written into the show: make it more of a domestic comedy (which clearly won't work here), or unrealistically have the kid as no more than an afterthought, which doesn't face reality. (Either that or the magical day care center where Avery Brown, Mabel Buchman, and Emma Geller-Green are registered really is open 24 hours a day and the parents don't have to check in, like, ever.)

Yeah, it's fun writing pregnancies into shows because you get a bump in the ratings and get to do a "I'm having the baby and everything's going wrong!" episode, but in the long haul... avoid, avoid, avoid.

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