While a number of fans of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother were disappointed with the series finale, the majority can’t help but look back and love the series as a whole. As soon as the series ended in 2014, there were talks of a spinoff in the works. Deadline reported on Tuesday that the show’s most recent spinoff is currently in development.
This marks the third attempt of the spinoff series attempting to become a reality. The spinoff will follow a woman, instead of the original show’s Ted Mosby, as she recounts the experiences that lead up to meeting her children’s father. So basically it will be the same concept as How I Met Your Mother, but from a female’s perspective. 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden broke the news of the spinoff to Deadline. She said, “The studio will try [making another show] with different writers” than were used in the first three efforts.
Though the series already has a least two pilots written, the latest attempt at the spinoff will come from a fresh perspective. “[The writers] will be starting from scratch,” Walden explained. “It’s one that’s being slowly cooked. If it’s the right idea, the right execution, we’ll take that.”
It was back in 2014 when the first attempt for a spinoff took place. The series was called How I Met Your Dad and was set to star Greta Gerwig and Nicholas D’Agosto with Meg Ryan taking over the narration for the future female lead, very similar to the way Bob Saget narrated the original series from the future perspective of Ted.
This Is Us co-executive producers and writers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker were the second pair to attempt to bring the spinoff to life in 2016, though the overwhelming success of the NBC drama clearly takes up too much time for the duo to work on another show. Berger and Aptaker were promoted to co-showrunners alongside This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman for the upcoming sophomore season.
How I Met Your Mother ran on CBS from 2005 to 2014 with a total of nine seasons. The series starred Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby, Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen, Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin and Cristin Milioti as Tracy McConnell. It is not expected that any of the series regulars from the original series will appear on the spinoff as main or recurring characters, but here’s to hoping that Barney will appear to help one of the new characters suit up.