'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff to Be From Woman's Perspective

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 03:29 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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CBS has confirmed that the network will launch a spinoff of its popular “How I Met Your Mother” series, following a similar storyline but from the woman’s point of view.

“How I Met Your Dad” will premiere in the 2014-15 season, the Hollywood Reporter said. It will feature a new storyline and different characters. A source said the new show will be a standalone pilot, meaning it won’t be connected to the “How I Met Your Mother” final season.

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"Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will team up with Emily Spivey, who created “Up All Night,” for the new twist on the popular show.

“How I Met Your Mother” pulls in 10.5 million viewers each month. Viewers' reactions to the unauthorized announcement last week that CBS may be launching this pilot was met with skepticism.

“A spinoff is a bad idea, but a spinoff with none of the original characters is a TERRIBLE idea,” wrote one man on the Hollywood Reporter article. 

TV Guide included the "Dad" show in an article titled “25 Totally Unnecessary Spin-Offs,” writing, “We weren't really asking for a direct spinoff in the first place following one character, but the proposed plot — centered on a new group of friends with a female character searching for her future husband — is lazy and insulting to HIMYM's once imaginative concept.” 

Some fans are curious about a spinoff, but most nixed the idea, some mentioning that telling the story from the woman’s viewpoint is a little over-done in Hollywood. Others just think there’s a need for more creative thinking.

Earlier speculation said the show would be called "How I Met Your Father," but CBS' announcement confirms it will be "Dad" instead.

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