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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spin-Off in the Works

Two years after CBS passed on its planned spin-off of 2005-14 sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” comes word of a new potential series called “How I Met Your Father” from “This Is Us” writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. The proposed half-hour from 20th TV will be told from a female point of view and will feature an entirely new set of characters and writers in this new tale of how the main character met her eventual spouse.

Original series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will serve as executive producers on the project, along with Aptaker and Berger. Bays and Thomas, however, will not be involved directly because of their overall deal at competing studio Sony Television.

No network, at present, is attached to “How I Met Your Father,” and the series is being pitched for fall 2017.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. So in other words, take a concept that had run its course, fire the people that made it work, act like changing the gender of the lead is enough to justify the project and act surprised when it tanks badly.

    What amazes me the most is that if it was such a hit that it’s worth remaking it five years later, why doesn’t it make sense to have the creators make new shows?

    The craziness of current Hollywood executive’s decision-making is baffling.

    Not baffling is shoving money to other writer-producers they like more… 🙁

    What a travesty!!