Greta Gerwig Will Lead ‘How I Met Your Dad’

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Ever since it was announced that CBS’s long-running comedy How I Met Your Mother would conclude this spring with season 9, rumors have been swirling that the network was exploring ways to keep the property alive. That possibility eventually became a reality with the announcement that a spinoff was officially in the works.

However, since plans for How I Met Your Dad were revealed, few details about the new series have trickled out. Early speculation that the show could focus on the character played by Cristin Milioti on How I Met Your Mother was quickly dismissed. Instead, the spinoff will reportedly introduce a new group of friends, using the style and format of its parent series as well as popular settings like MacLaren’s Pub.

According to Deadline, CBS has announced that Greta Gerwig – who co-wrote and starred in last year’s acclaimed indie Frances Ha – will lead the cast of How I Met Your Dad.

The actress will play a character named Sally who finds support in her family and friends after breaking up with her new husband. In addition to starring on the show, Gerwig will serve as producer and will likely write as well, should the show go beyond its current pilot green light.

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20th Century Fox Television – the studio behind the How I Met Your Dad – was reportedly so intent on bringing Gerwig aboard that it was willing to relocate production to New York following the pilot’s filming in Los Angeles. How I Met Your Mother director Pamela Fryman will helm the pilot, with Emily Spivey (Up All Night) and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas writing and executive producing.

Longtime How I Met Your Mother fans may have been initially skeptical about the idea of a spinoff largely unconnected to the story of Ted Mosby and his friends, but the casting of a up-and-coming star like Gerwig could certainly go a long way toward earning the show some audience goodwill.

After all, How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor was a relative unknown before he was tapped to lead the show as a romantic leading man and has since gone on to write, direct and star in a pair of independent features himself.

Gerwig is already coming into the spinoff with indie cred and a likable onscreen presence. How I Met Your Dad could be just the project she needs to become a household name, and her performance could very well enhance a show that might have otherwise suffered underneath the weight of its predecessor.

Do you think Gerwig is the right choice for How I Met Your Dad? What are you hoping for with the new show? Let us know in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on How I Met Your Dad as the show nears production. How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays @8pm on CBS. The series finale airs March 31st, 2014.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Oh I thought/hoped it would have been about Cristin Milioti’s character. I’ve absolutely loved every scene she has been in this final season.

    • +1

  2. As long as it has NPH :)

  3. Pass.

  4. I don’t think “How I Met Your Dad” is the right choice for “How I Met Your Dad.”

    Also, why isn’t it, “How I Met Your Father,” to follow the theme of HIMYM.

    • The usage of “Father” and “Mother” isn’t exactly what I would call a “theme”.

  5. I miss Robin already. ~_~

  6. This show is a bad idea. How I Met Your Mother is one of my favorite shows ever and this is just a huge slap in the face. I don’t like who they cast as the lead and I feel this is an unneeded spin-off.

    • I agree completely.

      And what is with the “The actress will play a character named Sally who finds support in her family and friends after breaking up with her new husband”

      I have never heard the term “Broke Up” when speaking of two people who are legally married getting a divorce.

  7. That 80’s show anyone

    • I read this headline and thought the same thing. That show lasted, what, 5 episodes?

    • Frasier was a good spin off and other then the main character, it really had nothing to do with the show it came from. How I Met Your Dad seems like it’s just going to be HIMYM, but with a different cast and instead of a male talking about finding his wife, it’ll be about a woman finding her husband.
      I just hope they make it different and I hope they don’t just regurgitate the same jokes from the previous show.

        • Yeah it had a connection to Cheers, but it wasn’t Cheers set in another place. With Frasier they basically took a character from the Cheers and put him in another city and gave him a whole different life, but like in Cheers, he was a psychiatrist. Yeah you had some continuation with jokes, but the feel of the show was vastly different then Cheers. With HIMYD it looks like they’re changing a few things, but keeping the same premise as HIMYM.

          • Of course this isn’t a direct comparison to the Frasier-Cheers thing… but its gonna be a similar style of storytelling. And Frasier initially had the same feel as cheers…it evolved..
            The premise is only slightly altered…but the direction the show takes could be completely different.

            At the end of the day, the similarities or the differences frm HIMYM are of little relevance. I do think the creators have done enuf to trust them with a season.. Having the same premise isnt really a big deal for me.
            And considering when we start, she’ll be someone who has broken up with her husband…that’s certainly a very different starting place than HIMYM.

            • I hope I didn’t give off the impression that I’m not going to at least give it a chance because it is different, and I’m looking forward to watching it. I still hope they don’t just rehash HIMYM, but I’m not going to not watch it and give it a chance.
              Personally I think they should set it someplace else. The pilot was filmed in Los Angeles and I think they should set it there. I would just like to see this show out of NYC and away from a pub like Maclaren’s.

  8. I’m not the target audience (I enjoy HIMYM on occasion) but Greta Gerwig is one of the few actors who could lure me into watching a new sitcom entirely by herself. It could be fun. Or it could be horrible.

    Anyway, I hope that it does serve as a stepping stone for Gerwig to get into some mainstream films.

  9. still not crazy about the name it should be How I Met Your Father

  10. HIMYM has jumped the shark – but I Still watch because I’ve watched all the episodes. I’ve found this last season pretty painful, but alas, with the time I have invested, I’ll go to the finish line.

    Thus I have zero desire to watch this spinoff for a multitude of reasons.

    • Yeah, I agree. The whole 24/48 hour thing this season is just painful to watch but because I invested soo many seasons into this show I want to be able to see it to the end. I just don’t see myself going back after the season is done

    • +1

  11. they should have the HIMYM gang walking out as the new cast comes in for the pilot.
    i wasn’t initially sold on HIMYM when it premiered, i watched the 1st 2 episodes, and kinda lost interest, then when it was still on for a whole season, i started watching again and liked it. hope this version turns out to be as good.

  12. If the writing’s good I’ve got no problem with it. It will be interesting to see how the group’s dynamic is, I have a hard trouble not wanting to punch Barney now a female Barney and I’m switching off, but hey, at least no Robin.

  13. no thanks. I really enjoyed the episode with Cristin Milioti in it. Pass.

  14. Yeah, you can hope Greta Gerwig becomes a household name… but by putting her in a show that is basically a COPY of the original?? Is the studio blind? Why would we want to see the same thing all over again? It took forever just meeting the Mother (what’s her name, btw?) If they wanted a leading woman, then they should’ve made How I Met Your FATHER back in 2005.

    Assuming it even gets into pilot mode, what will keep the show going is the hope that an HIMYM character will pop in, namely Barney Stinson, but even that won’t save it. If the pilot ever airs, I will see it, but I have no hope for this show.

    Also, why is it How I Met Your DAD and not Father? What’s up with that?

  15. I so badly wanted this too happen, but its not! It’s dead! The fact that we never even got to see the Pilot is ridiculous. RIP HIMYD!