Given that “How I Met Your Mother” was one of our favorite comedies ever when it aired (sure the ending was a letdown, but it doesn’t take away from our overall enjoyment of much of the show), we still do welcome any more additions to the franchise that turn up — even if they don’t necessarily have a heck of a lot to do with the original show.
This does seem to be the case here. As first reported by Deadline, “This Is Us” co-executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are in the process of working on a new version of the series for 20th Century Fox TV entitled “How I Met Your Father,” which is a slightly different take on “How I Met Your Dad,” which was the original spin-off attempt that was done many years ago with Greta Gerwig attached in the lead role.
The reason that we brand this concept with quotes in the title is fairly simple, given that this is not a “spin-off” in the purest sense of the word. This is a show that is being planned as completely separate from the original, which means that there are no plans for Barney to make a legen…wait for it…dary cameo at any point in the future. Because of the lack of attachment to the original, the show could theoretically air on any network, and not necessarily just CBS. We could see Fox in particular being interested, given that this would give them a familiar name at a time when their comedies are drawing smaller ratings.
For those curious, original “How I Met Your Mother” co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will be involved as executive producers; beyond that, their precise role is not entirely clear at the moment.
Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the show moving closer to pilot season, but for now we’d say that so much of this will depend on the sort of cast that is assembled and the chemistry that is there.
What is your take, at least for the time being, on the idea of bringing this franchise back? Be sure to share some of your thoughts right now in the comments! (Photo: CBS.)