'How I Met Your Dad': CBS Executives Say No Thanks to Spinoff Series

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:18 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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"How I Met Your Dad," a spinoff of the popular sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," was thought to be a shoo-in for parent network CBS, but execs passed on it this week.

"There were elements on the pilot that didn't work out," said CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler at the annual "upfronts" media buying presentations in New York, The Los Angeles Times reports. "We tried to work out about redoing the pilot. That's not happening right now. Sometimes you run into these kind of issues and you hope they can resolve themselves in that time frame."

The pilot's failure to get picked up by CBS does not necessarily mean the project is dead, as the rights to the project now revert to the studio, 20th Century Fox, after the network pass. It will be up to the studio to continue shopping the project around to other networks, or shelve it.

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"How I Met Your Mother," which was created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris, premiered its final episode after nine seasons on March 31.

The new comedy from Bays, Thomas, and Emily Spivey, stars Greta Gerwig and is narrated by Meg Ryan.

CBS apparently reached out to Bays and Thomas to try and get a redo of the pilot. Together, the producers and the studio decided they didn't want to redo the pilot without a series order from CBS, E! Online reports.

"Creative always drives the business," Tassler said, according to Deadline Hollywood. "We felt re-piloting was in the best interest . . . I’m heartsick it didn’t work out."

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