‘How I Met Your Dad’ Lives: ‘HIMYM’ Spinoff Being Redeveloped for 2015 [Update]
UPDATE – 7/11: Well, wouldn’t you know it, Carter Bays himself tweeted out that there was no truth to TVLine’s report about ‘How I Met Your Dad’ potentially being redeveloped for a future pickup. Womp-womp.
I don't know why I keep reading articles about this, but since nobody bothers asking us: We are really, truly not working on HIMYD anymore.
— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) July 11, 2014
Original article follows.
We were admittedly uncertain what to think when ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ spinoff ‘How I Met Your Dad‘ unexpectedly imploded at the CBS upfronts, as what seemed like a shoe-in for pickup was rejected by the network, and was ultimately let go. Now, a new report suggests that ‘HIMYM’ creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will redevelop the spinoff for another season, but will series lead Greta Gerwig or the cast return?
Reports of ‘How I Met Your Dad”s survival come from TVLine, who clarify that while the original pilot is considered dead, a source at 20th Century Fox claims that Bays and Thomas are “very much invested in keeping the Mother franchise going.” Not only that, the pair may have possible support from CBS in developing a reworked pilot as early as the 2015-2016 season.
The new iteration of the ‘Mother’ franchise was to see Gerwig’s character Sally recounting to her children the (long-winded) tale of how she met their father, one notable twist being that the pilot sees Sally separated from her then-husband. ‘Up All Night’ creator Emily Spivey headed up the show creatively with ‘HIMYM’ producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, while Gerwig also took on writing and producing duties.
In addition to series star Greta Gerwig’s role as “female Peter Pan” Sally, “kindred spirit” series ‘How I Met Your Dad’ featured Andrew Santino as Sally’s gay brother Danny, Drew Tarver as his husband Todd, ‘Masters of Sex‘ vet Nicholas D’Agosto as potential love interest Frank, Tiya Sircar as Sally’s BFF Juliet, ‘Workaholics‘ star Anders Holm as Sally’s separated husband Gavin, and Meg Ryan as the voice of narrating Future Sally. All cast members were released from their contracts in June, though it’s at least possible Gerwig or select others could be courted to return.
Back in May, CBS chairman Nina Tassler claimed that for as much as they loved the series, elements of the pilot simply weren’t working, and apparently couldn’t be fixed in time for the pickup presentations. “We tried to reach out and engage them about redoing the pilot, but that is just not happening right. You run into these kinds of issues. You hope they can resolve themselves. They haven’t. I’m heartsick. It wasn’t what they wanted to do.”
‘How I Met Your Mother’ certainly ended its run in a spectacularly miserable fashion, while whatever problems preventing ‘Dad”s pickup hardly inspire confidence for a return, but what say you? If Carter Bays and Craig Thomas found the magic formula to revive ‘How I Met Your Dad,’ would you be interested to see the franchise continue? Should Gerwig or anyone else return? Tell us what you think of the spinoff’s survival in the comments!