Though Ted has still yet to fulfill the promise in the show’s title, CBS is already looking to spin-off How I Met Your Mother into an entirely new series, this time focusing on a mother telling her children the tale of how she met their father. After 9 years and 190 episodes, are audiences ready to start things all over again?
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox Television (the studio that makes the show) is currently in talks with creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and Up All Night creator Emily Spivey to helm the new series that’s been referred to as How I Met Your Father. The spinoff series would introduce a new group of friends from New York and this time focus on quest for love from the female perspective. Though nothing has yet been made official, if the spinoff series does moves forward, the new cast could be introduced in the How I Met Your Mother series finale.
When it comes to television spinoffs, it’s almost impossible to tell whether or not it will strike the same with note with audiences that the original did - though How I Met Your Father does have a few things going for it. Aside from familiar settings, like New York and (possibly) MacLaren’s Pub, still part of the franchise, there’s something inherently compelling about using How I Met Your Mother’s structure to explore the journey to marriage from the female perspective.
Of course, when one beings to talk about spinoffs, comparisons to the original are inevitable, but in How I Met Your Father’s case, that could very well be a death knell. After so many years of unanswered questions, missed encounters and awkward conversations about sleeping with everyone except the Mother, will the series’ dedicated following give the spinoff a chance – will they even want to?
Even if How I Met Your Father creates a great story and casts a terrific group of friends, the series will still have to deal with fans comparing the spinoff to the original. When you toss in the familiar New York setting and the (possible) return of MacLaren’s Pub, the comparisons grow even more – so much so that it’s no longer seen by viewers as a spin-off but, at worst, a version of the series that may have come from an alternative universe (something just doesn’t seem right.)
Still, at its core, How I Met Your Mother is a modern tale of friendship and love, and there’s no doubt that How I Met Your Father will attempt to be the same, this time from the female perspective. So even though the original series, at times, may wander from what audiences would like to see, it has consistently provided earnest entertainment, at such a consistently high caliber, for longer than most shows on the air. Whether or not audiences give the new series a chance - or if the series will even make it to air - is another question.
No word on whether or not Barney's Bro Code will make the move to the new series.
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays @8pm on CBS