They say that you can’t rush love, and apparently you can’t rush sitcom spin-offs about love, either. “How I Met Your Dad,” the follow-up to the just-concluded “How I Met Your Mother,” will not be airing on CBS.
The news came out of this week’s upfronts that CBS, which aired the original, nine-season run of Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’s “HIMYM,” didn’t pick up a series order for the spin-off, which was to star indie actress Greta Gerwig. Today, it was revealed that the network asked for a re-tool of the pilot, Deadline reported, something that is not so uncommon. “The Big Bang Theory,” in fact, reworked its pilot before being picked up. However, Carter and Bays, along with Emily Spivey, declined to give the pilot another shot.
The show, which follows the same general idea of a New Yorker (Gerwig) telling her future children about her love story with their father, is not necessarily a goner: CBS’ option on the series expires today, which means another network could pick it up. And according to Deadline’s sources, there’s been interest.
Nina Tassler, president of CBS entertainment, told HitFix that the decision not to pick up “How I Met Your Dad” was “absolutely not” a reaction to fan disappointment in the “HIMYM” finale. It was a new issue with creative decisions on the new series, instead.
“There were elements of the pilot that didn’t work out,” Tassler said. “We tried to reach out and engage them in terms of them redoing the pilot. That’s not happening right now.”
Tassler added that she was “heartsick” about the decision.
How do you feel about the possible demise of the “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off? Do you want it to air on another network?