CBS revealed its fall line-up this morning, and while brand new spin-offs CSI: Cyber and NCIS: New Orleans made the cut, one another spin-off of a popular CBS hit was conspicuous by its absence. Sorry fans, it looks like we won’t learn How I Met Your Dad this September, the brand new sitcom from How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays that inverts that formula to tell a new story, with different characters, using the same format from the female perspective. So does it turn out that networks have limit, even with their unusually high tolerance, for recycled material? Actually, it’s just business.
Earlier this year it was announced that Carter and Bays had been tasked with the creation of HIMYD, casting mumblecore darling Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), as the main character, and Meg Ryan as the voice of the future version of Gerwig’s character narrating the tale from the future. It was quite the coup given Gerwig’s indie bona fides, and Gerwig herself apparently signed-on not just to star, but to work behind the scenes as a writer and producer. Even those that felt burned by the much controversial HIMYM finale had, at least, some hope, that the new series might be worth a watch or two. So what went wrong?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS execs didn’t like the pilot that Bay, Thomas and Emily Spivey (Up All Night) came up with and wanted a redo. Twentieth Century Fox Studios, who made HIMYM and HIMYD, didn’t want to invest in the expense of reshoots and re-writes without a series commitment. CBS didn’t want to commit to a series without seeing a new pilot, and that as they say is that.
“We tried to work out about redoing the pilot,” said Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment. “That’s not happening right now… I’m heartsick; we loved this brand and we love the producers but it didn’t work out.”
So how are we supposed to feel about this? HIMYM had some good years, but the near universal tantrum of fans post-finale has spawned more than one person to say that the whole series was poisoned retroactively. Maybe CBS was afraid that those people wouldn’t come back for HIMYD, or maybe they were afraid that Carter and Bays were going to pull the rug out from everyone again after nine years of building up to something that’s implicit in the title of the show? Who knows?
There’s still a chance that HIMYD could be picked up by another network, but I think it’s safe to say that this is the end of the road for the show. What do you Bastards think? HIMYD: good, bad or indifferent? Sound off below.
Source: Screen Rant