Margaret Lyons
January 06, 2010 AT 08:30 PM EST

Carrie Underwood joins the ranks of Rachel Bilson and Stacy Keibler with a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother later this year, according to People. She’s set to play “an enigmatic pharmaceutical sales rep and love interest for Ted.”

I’m neutral on Carrie Underwood, and HIMYM has been pretty good at figuring out what to do with its guest stars, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. But man, this show does not need a storyline that pulls Ted away from the rest of the group. The best episodes of HIMYM always involve everyone, though Marshall or Barney sidestories can support themselves once in a while. Ted-only plots, on the other hand — his teaching, Stella, the repeat blind date, etc. — don’t work as well, plus they tend to make our ostensible hero into a total herb.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is the American Idol a natural fit for MacLaren’s?

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