Reports have been rumbling since February that the new series How I Met Your Dad was moving forward, but the current status of the show is unknown. While sources familiar with the matter have told The Hollywood Reporter that the spin-off of the long-running CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother has been picked up as a series on the network, Entertainment Weekly reports that CBS has denied that claim, saying that no decision has been made on any of the pilots it’s considering.
The show is expected to function in a similar format as How I Met Your Mother but with different characters and from a female perspective. Indie darling Greta Gerwig, who most famously starred in Frances Ha, is set to play the lead ‘Ted’ role and will also join the writing team that includes original How I Met Your Mother writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Meg Ryan’s voice will narrate the characters’ adventures.
Gerwig will play the character Sally, who has refused to ever grow up and realizes that her marriage of less than a year is falling apart. Sally must lean on her friends and family for support, all of whom are eager to offer their advice. Similar to its predecessor, the show will follow her on the journey to finally meet her one true love who will become the father of her children. Gerwig told E! Online that the show will have the humor and sentimentality of the original. “It’s funny. It shares the heart and soul with the original show, so it has the sweetness and the funniness,” she said.
Comedian Drew Tarver will play Sally’s best friend and former roommate who’s now in a same-sex marriage with her brother, played by Andrew Santino of Mixology. Her best female friend will be a fashion blogger played by Tiya Sircar, and Masters of Sex’s Nick D’Agosto rounds out the group. The Hollywood Reporter said that Mixology is likely to be picked up for a second season, so the role of Sally’s older brother may need to be recast.
Bays and Thomas have been firm about the fact that none of the characters from How I Met Your Mother will appear on How I Met Your Dad, as the two storylines will be completely unrelated.
“The thing that’s most important to us is that How I Met Your Mother has its own ending, and then that’s it. It’s contained, it’s done. And then in the fall, if we succeed with the spinoff, we will have to make our case to the audience in a whole new way, with a whole new world, with whole new characters,” Thomas told reporters last year, according to The Wrap. “And that feels right; we want to honor How I Met Your Mother with the cleanest ending possible. And then, should [the spinoff] go forward, that will have to earn the love again in a new way and just be its own charming, different thing.”
While CBS is refusing to confirm that How I Met Your Dad has been picked up for a series, the show is likely to get the green light given its name recognition and the popularity of its predecessor, which wrapped up its ninth and final season with a controversial episode at the end of March. If approved, How I Met Your Dad will the be first new comedy to be approved on CBS for the 2014-2015 television season.
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