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When Craig Thomas and Carter Bays first came up with How I Met Your Mother they couldn’t have imagined it would run for a whopping nine seasons. The idea of father sitting his kids down to tell the story of how he met his wife just doesn’t appear to have the legs to lead to a 208 episode run, and yet, thanks to creative writing and a knock-out cast, that’s exactly what happened.
The recent finale proved rather divisive, but that can’t take away from the overall quality of the series’ run. After all, as much as it was motivated by Ted’s love life, what the show as really about was friendship, seeing the gang mature over a nine-year period; Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) got married and started a family; Robin (Cobie Smulders) realised there was more to life than having a »
- Alex Leadbeater
Neil Patrick Harris has no shortage of things to do: He stars in the box office hit Gone Girl, recently finished a 20-week run as the title character in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, just released his first book, and will be hosting this year's Oscars. But one opportunity he missed? Starring on American Horror Story. Long before Twisty the Clown made his debut on this season of the FX show, American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy asked Harris and his husband, David Burtka, to play a couple in the show's first season, Murder House. But the two had »
- Ariana Bacle
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jimmy Fallon busted out the Catchphrase again on "The Tonight Show," teaming up with Jennifer Garner against John Mulaney and Questlove. The fast-paced game was predictably exciting, but it was Garner's last-minute guess on the final question that made the segment truly nail-biting.
Garner, who stars in both "Men, Women & Children" and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," sat down with Fallon to discuss the simultaneous joys and woes of parenting -- the latter occurring when the kids get lice. "Stars are just like us," Garner deadpanned, before sharing an anecdote about the time that her children got lice, spreading it to the rest of the family, »
- Katie Roberts
How I Met Your Mother‘s series finale may have been extremely divisive among viewers, but the cast of the CBS comedy has nothing but kind words about the ending and the “narrative geniuses” who were at the show’s helm.
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Co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays are brilliant at “withholding information until it’s time for that information to come forward, at which point it changes everything,” star Josh Radnor says in TVLine’s exclusive video from Tuesday’s Season 9 and Complete Series DVD release.
Meanwhile, Cobie Smulders »
Many viewers found How I Met Your Mother's maudlin season finale last March anything but legendary. (As People noted, it was ceme - wait for it - tery.) But fans of the show may be happier with an unseen - and far more upbeat - version contained in a new DVD box set available Tuesday. Without spoiling it, let's just say the "alternate ending" of the finale, "Last Forever," will cause tears of joy instead of grief. (Although, unfortunately, it still contains Lily's tragic bangs of 2016.) As co-creator Craig Thomas alluded to while filming the final season, the box »
- Henry Goldblatt, @HenryGoldblatt
How I Met Your Mother wrapped up after nine seasons last May with a finale that left the majority of fans disappointed. In the DVD set, show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas show fans what could have been with the finale’s alternate ending.
'How I Met Your Mother' Alternate Ending
In How I Met Your Mother’s finale, it’s revealed that “The Mother” aka Tracy, played by Cristin Milioti, dies. Her death had been alluded two in a pair of previous episodes, though many had held out hope that the show had not been built around a character who was to die from the beginning of the narration.
Furthermore, Milioti made Tracy an incredibly likeable character, one who made perfect sense for Josh Radnor’s Ted. Not only having Tracy die, but having Ted and Robin reunite several years later was the second blow to »
When How I Met Your Mother ended its run after nine seasons, creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas found themselves left with roomfuls of the comedy's inanimate actors: the many props used as sight gags and personal touches on set. And when a show calls it quits, its actors are notorious for raiding the closets and taking home the mementos from set they want the most. So which How I Met Your Mother actors ran off with what?
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- Tim Surette
Is there still a chance we could meet the Dad? Though How I Met Your Dad wasn't picked up to series by the CBS, the network is still very much interested in the How I Met Your Mother spinoff from Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Emily Spivey. The network's boss Nina Tassler once again expressed her interest in taking "another shot" at the sitcom, which starred Greta Gerwig, with Meg Ryan providing the narration for the older version of her character. "Craig and Carter and Emily, we adore those guys, we want very much to stay in business with them," Tassler said, adding, "We'd love the opportunity to take another shot." And Tassler seemed to confirm that »
Right now, the semi-annual Television Critics Association tour — where the TV shows try to get that elusive media buzz that turns a show into a must-see — is assembling. Even though it isn’t set to debut until next year, there was a panel to discuss Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which included several revelations about the series. The series will be set in 2002, six years before Saul‘s first Breaking Bad appearance, when Saul was still Jimmy McGill. Meanwhile, Michael McKean‘s will be playing Jimmy/Saul’s brother.
And here’s the first pic of McKean as Saul’s brother.
AMC has ordered a martial arts drama, Badlands, based on a Chinese story, Journey to the West, about four »
- Lyle Masaki
The world of How I Met Your Mother is done for...at least for now. The long-running CBS comedy series ended this year and co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas prepped a spinoff of sorts, How I Met Your Dad, for CBS for the 2014-2015 season. Set to star Greta Gerwig with Meg Ryan providing narration, the show was considered shoe in for a series order by CBS...until it wasn't ordered. How I Met Your Dad is "definitely dead for now. And nothing further is happening with it at the moment," a source close to the project said. During their Upfront press call in May, CBS' Nina Tassler said the pilot it wasn't what they had hoped it would be. "[T]here were elements of the pilot that »
How I Met Your Dad still has a pulse.
A source close to the How I Met Your Mother spin-off confirms that the pilot — which was rejected at CBS and subsequently shopped around to other networks — is officially dead.
Related Himym Alternate Finale Ending Will Be Included in Complete Series DVD Set
However, according to the insider, the project remains in development at 20th TV (possibly for as early as the 2015-2016 TV season). I’m told Himyd cocreators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are very much invested in keeping the Mother franchise going, and the pair have a lot »
We always hear about actors turning down parts and later regretting it, such as Sean Connery passing on Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, but what about in the world of TV? Deciding to take a juicy TV role is typically a much more difficult decision than agreeing to star in a film, because a movie will never take up more of an actor’s time than around 4-6 months, whereas a TV series can lock an actor in for 6 months a year for up to a decade, depending on the contract offered and whether the part is adapted from previous material.
Still, these actors all turned down roles in huge shows that surely would’ve given each of them a small-screen boost, especially as at the time many of them could certainly have used the exposure.
We’re not going to stop there, though: we’re also going »
- Jack Pooley
When the writers of CBS’ newly commissioned multi-cam sitcom started looking for a director, they fully expected to interview a number of them, talk pros and cons, decide which one would helm the pilot, then start hiring a stream of directors for subsequent episodes. Instead, lightning struck.
“It was like a love at first sight moment between the three of us,” says Bays. For her part, Fryman adds: “I quickly realized that there was nothing else I really wanted to do.” Nine years and 196 episodes later, Fryman has become the true mother of the sitcom, helping the showrunners maintain continuity throughout a fairly complex run that included staging elaborate musical numbers, flashbacks and flash-forwards, as well as long-running jokes »
- Carita Rizzo
One of the key writers-producers on the recently departed How I Met Your Mother, Kourtney Kang, is staying at the studio behind the long-running CBS comedy, 20th Century Fox TV, with a new overall deal. Under the two-year pact, Kang will join the studio’s new ABC comedy series Fresh Off The Boat as co-executive producer and develop new projects. “Kourtney was a hugely valuable member of the writing staff of How I Met Your Mother since the very first season, so of course we wanted to continue our relationship,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “She’s a fantastic writer who effortlessly melds ‘big funny’ with ‘heart,’ and we all love her here.” Kang, repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman, started on Himym as a writer after the pilot and worked her way up to executive producer. She also co-created and executive produced 20th TV »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS has announced its upcoming TV schedule, revealing that the long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men will come to an end with its 12th season, and that the network has also decided against picking up the How I Met Your Mother spin-off pilot How I Met Your Dad.
The Chuck Lorre-produced Two and a Half Men was at one point the highest-rated comedy series on television, before losing two of its stars in Charlie Sheen and Anghus T. Jones, leaving Jon Cryer as the only original cast member alongside Sheen’s replacement Ashton Kutcher.
As for How I Met Your Dad, it seems that all hope is not lost as 20th Century Fox TV, Himym creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and producer Emily Spivey are set to shop the pilot to other networks and that some interest has already been shown.
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- Gary Collinson
Here’s how much everyone in Hollywood assumed that How I Met Your Dad would be on CBS’s lineup next season: Last week, major Hollywood trades and entertainment-news sources didn’t think twice about rushing up a story saying that the Greta Gerwig–led project had been ordered to series, even though the Eye network hadn’t confirmed it. And yet, here we are today, with CBS chief Nina Tassler saying she was “heartsick” over the situation and confirming that the Eye wouldn’t be moving forward with the show unless creators Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Emily Spivey and producer 20th Century Fox TV agreed to shoot a new pilot. Industry insiders tell Vulture that the producers are willing to try again — but only if CBS gives the tweaked Himyd a series order. It amounts to a standoff and, as of Wednesday afternoon, there’s little optimism about a resolution. »
- Josef Adalian
CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler discussed the network's decision to pass on the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff “How I Met Your Dad” on Wednesday, saying she was “heartsick” about passing on the pilot. “I'm heartsick. We loved this brand,” Tassler said. “Very important show. And we love the producers. But it didn't work out.” The project, from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as Emily Spivey, was presented as a kindred spirit to “How I Met Your Mother,” which ended its run in March, telling a brand-new story from a female point. »
- Tim Kenneally and Tim Molloy
How I Met Your Dad, a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother (although it stars none of the same characters), seemed like a surefire pickup for the fall season. Despite the controversial final season and finale, Himym was a huge hit for CBS, and with the same creators on board for Himyd along with a cast featuring Greta Gerwig (who would also be a writer on the show), many assumed that the series would be hitting the airwaves this fall. But in a surprise turn, CBS has decided to pass on How I Met Your Dad. According to Vulture's Joe Adalian on Twitter, CBS wasn't happy with the pilot, and wanted 20th Century Fox TV to reshoot it. However, the studio didn't want to reshoot it only to have it turned down again, so they demanded a series pickup in return. CBS refused, and now 20th Century Fox is »
- Matt Goldberg
Tough break, sentimental sitcom spinoff fans: CBS isn't moving forward with How I Met Your Dad. The network's Nina Tassler informed reporters of the decision Wednesday morning at a "pre-upfront press breakfast," saying there were "elements of the pilot that didn't work out," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
HIMYMania: The 30 Best 'How I Met Your Mother' Moments
Following the divisive but successful series finale of CBS’s hit How I Met Your Mother, the spin-off project How I Met Your Dad seemed like a done deal at the same network. Not so, according to Deadline, who tells us this morning that the show has not been picked up by CBS. The network’s option on the series expires today, so unless there’s a sudden miracle, the spin-off series will not go forward at How I Met Your Mother’s parent network.
CBS’s decision to pass on the How I Met Your Dad pilot means that the show will now be shopped to other networks by 20th Century Fox TV, the producing studio. CBS has cited some serious problems with the pilot as their reason for passing, and recently made an offer to retool it all together. 20th Century Fox TV refused that offer because CBS »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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