Actress Meg Ryan will be the behind-the-camera voice for "How I Met Your Dad," the spinoff of the the recently concluded "How I Met Your Mother."
Ryan will play the narrator role that Bob Saget provided as the future voice of the character Ted, played by Josh Radnor, who spends the original series finding his children's mother.
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Ryan will provide the future voice of Sally, who will be played by Greta Gerwig, telling her kids the story of how she met their father through the course of the series.
"In the vein of the original series, ('How I Met Your Dad') tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York, played by Gerwig, Drew Tarver, Nick D’Agosto, Andrew Santino, and Tiya Sircar," Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reported
"The spinoff pilot has been garnering strong early buzz and is considered a leading candidate for a series pickup for next season," Andreeva continued.
While the two shows will operate from the same premise, "How I Met Your Dad" will stand separate and on its own.
"It's going to be different than the original," Gerwig said, according to Us Weekly
. "When the premise of the show is that it's a young man looking for his true love, it's a very different feeling than a young woman looking for her true love. Craig (Thomas) and Carter (Bays) are making it too, and Emily Spivey is so funny and great. She wrote for 'SNL' for a long time, and wrote the show 'Up All Night,' and I'm in love with her."
"How I Met Your Mother" premiered in 2005, beginning a successful run that concluded on March 31. The controversial ending saw "the mother," played by Cristin Milioti, die and Ted returning to Robin (Cobie Smulders) after she and Barney, played by Neil Patrick Harris, divorced.
This is not the first time Ryan has played a character named Sally. She starred as a title character in "When Harry Met Sally" opposite Billy Crystal in 1989.
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