'How I Met Your Mother' casting: Alan Thicke, Jason Priestley and the rest of Canada to guest-star

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Oh Canada, you shouldn't have!

The Feb. 4 episode of "How I Met Your Mother" will feature a whole host of Canadian guest stars -- Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek and k.d. lang are only a few. Honestly, it's almost like the whole population of Canada is turning out to honor Robin Sparkles! And we have the video to prove it.

Most of the time, when networks have a casting announcement to make, they just send out a press release or tell some reporter the name. Not this time. Instead, CBS has created a video -- set to the Canadian national anthem, of course -- to tell us about the rather impressive list of Canadian talent coming to "How I Met Your Mother" in February.

Why are they coming? CBS hasn't given that away yet, but the answer definitely has something to do with the return of Robin Sparkles, the alter-ego of one Robin Scherbatsky ( Cobie Smulders). Could this be a "We Are the World"-style confluence of celebrities? Are these the men (and women) from Robin's sparkly past, coming back to wish her well (or ill) on her impending nuptials?

Who knows? Who cares? The results should be impressive no matter what the reason.

In case you don't recognize each and every one of these Canadian celebrity names, here is a handy guide:

  • Alan Thicke -- Actor best known for "Growing Pains" and for Robin Sparkles videos (from Kirkland Lake, Ontario)
  • James Van Der Beek -- Actor best known for playing Dawson Leery on "Dawson's Creek" and himself on "Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23," also played Robin's ex-boyfriend Simon (from the United States, actually, but whatever)
  • Paul Shaffer -- Musician, songwriter, band leader and David Letterman sidekick (from Thunder Bay, Ontario)
  • Jason Priestley -- Actor and director best known for playing Brandon Walsh on "Beverly Hills 90210" (from Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Alex Trebek -- Host of "Jeopardy," defender of hotel rooms (from Sudbury, Ontario)
  • k.d. lang -- Grammy-winning pop and country singer and songwriter (from Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Steven Page -- Singer, songwriter and former lead vocalist for the Barenaked Ladies (from Scarborough, Ontario)
  • Geddy Lee -- Lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the legen -- (wait for it) -- dary band Rush (from North York, Ontario)
  • Luc Robitaille -- Former professional hockey player who holds the NHL record for goals scored by a left-winger and the current president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team (from Montreal, Quebec)

Photo/Video credit: CBS