‘How I Met Your Father’ In The Works At CBS
CBS is reportedly eyeing a How I Met Your Mother spinoff entitled How I Met Your Father.
The network is in talks with HIMYM producer 20th Century Fox for the show, which would put a female spin on the original series concept, according to Deadline.
How I Met Your Father will focus on a new group of New Yorkers and chronicle a female member’s quest to find her future husband. Deadline also reports that the characters could be introduced in the How I Met Your Mother series finale. MacLaren’s Pub could be featured on the spinoff and serve as a link between the old and new gangs.
HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will write and executive produce the spinoff, along with Up All Night creator and executive producer Emily Spivey.
Spivey left Up All Night at the beginning of this year, just as the series switched from a single-camera to multi-camera format. The comedy originally focused on Will Arnett and Christina Applegate as new parents, and was inspired by Spivey’s real-life experience of going back to work after giving birth. The series was officially canceled on May 9.
How I Met Your Mother was renewed for a ninth and final season earlier this year after CBS and 20th Century Fox came to an agreement.
“Through eight years, How I Met Your Mother has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch-phrases,” CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said.
The ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother premiered on September 23 to 9.40 million viewers. Star Josh Radnor said last month that it was “totally time to end” the series.
“We’ll be happy when it ends, but also inconsolable,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a grieving that goes on, just because of the transition into not having that be the main part of your year, with those people.”
Earlier this year, Craig Thomas said How I Met Your Father was something that he and Carter Bays were thinking about.
“There’s a world where the universe of the show can keep existing in a way that feels coherent to what’s come before, but new enough to be worth watching,” he said.