How I Met Your Mother fans who were looking forward to the spinoff How I Met Your Dad could still be in luck. Though CBS didn’t pick up the series for the 2014-2015 season, network boss Nina Tassler recently told E! News that the show isn’t completely dead yet, and that there’s still interest in taking “another shot” at making the sitcom happen.
News that How I Met Your Mother co-creators and executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas had teamed up with Up All Night creator Emily Spivey to pitch the spinoff series first broke in October. Later, it was announced that Greta Gerwig would lead the cast of the new show, which put a female spin on the same premise of the beloved, long-running comedy series. Meg Ryan was also set to narrate.
The project seemed like a sure thing, with the network officially ordering a pilot in November. But the pilot apparently failed to impress, and many were surprised when CBS decided against going ahead with the series. “HIMYD was fun to work on, terrific cast, terrific writer [Emily Spivey], but it’s over now and we have other stuff we want to do,” Bays tweeted at the time. “Maybe in the future it could be something, but I think we need to try something new before we go back to it. “
Perhaps a second chance will come earlier than he thought, as Tessler confirmed the network is still considering revisiting the project. “Craig and Carter and Emily, we adore those guys, we want very much to stay in business with them,” she told E! News. “We’d love the opportunity to take another shot.”