Is there trouble in paradise for How I Met Your Dad? The CBS spin-off sitcom of How I Met Your Mother has reportedly just lost a very promising cast member in Krysta Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who played the lead in Broadway’s First Date the Musical was set to play the lead character’s best friend Juliet, but now according to Deadline the actress is now departing the pilot of How I Met Your Dad. The actress-singer is believed to have departed the series due to character changes during the pilot phase.
Originally Krysta Rodriguez’s Juliet was described as “a sexy, flamboyant force of nature who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country.” According to the report, the decision to change the character went through after the table reading for How I Met Your Dad. So far it’s not said what kind of changes will take place for the character of Juliet or who will step in for the role.
As reported How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas decided to create How I Met Your Dad after they decided that they had more stories to tell within the format that they created with the original show. That said, it’s believed that How I Met Your Dad, while similar in plot, will establish its own new tone if given the chance by CBS.
Instead of a father telling his children how he met their mother, this time around it’s a mother telling the story of how she met her children’s father. Unlike the character of Ted Mosby, the lead character Sally (played by Greta Gerwig) will already be married in the pilot episode, but will soon come to realize that she has nothing in common with her current husband.
Upon entering the single life Sally reaches out to her best friends to navigate herself through the dating scene in New York. As far as How I Met Your Dad’s parallels to the original series, the only main link the two shows will share is MacLaren’s Pub.
Despite Krysta Rodriguez’s departure the show will star, as stated, Frances Ha’s Greta Gerwig, Masters of Sex’s Nick D’Agosto, Drew Tarver, and Andrew Santino. The pilot is reportedly written by Emily Spivey as well as How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.