As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. EW.com readers know these honorees well. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are the executive producers and creators of How I Met Your Mother, which, in the past year, has not shied away from making fans laugh and sob uncontrollably within a single epiosde. In the following piece, Bays talks about last season’s death of Marshall’s dad, a plot point that not only toed the line between comedy and drama, it ran past it. And that bold move? Definitely honorable. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.
By: Carter Bays
The moment Marshall (Jason Segel) found out his father died was the hardest scene we’ve ever done. The show had gone to sad places before, but they were all kind of “romantic comedy” sad — break-ups, rejections, a runaway bride, that sort of stuff. You always figured whatever life threw at these characters, they’d get over it and go back to being funny the next week. That was the point of having Ted narrate from the future. If our show had a message, it was, “No matter how bad it seems now, you’ll be laughing about it 20 years from now.” READ FULL STORY