Second time’s the charm?
Turns out, “How I Met Your Dad” could end up on the air, after all.
Two years after the first attempt at a father-centric take of “How I Met Your Mother” shockingly failed to get greenlit, the spinoff is getting another go.
Scribes Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who are currently working on “This Is Us,” are writing the script for the new version of the spinoff, which has been put into development with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the original hit, Variety has confirmed. The show will be titled “How I Met Your Father.”
The new script is still underway, and sources say it will be shopped around to networks in the new year with the hope to be in contention for the 2017-2018 TV season. No word if “How I Met Your Mother’s” network CBS is interested in the project. Insiders tell Variety the script will be pitched to both broadcast and streaming venues.
“How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will not be writing on the new take. However, as creators of the original series, they duo will serve as executive producers, along with Aptaker and Berger.
The first go at “How I Met Your Dad” back in 2014 was penned by Bays, Thomas and Emily Spivey. Actress Greta Gerwig was attached to star, and Meg Ryan was on board to be the narrator. The spinoff even landed a hefty pilot production commitment, but CBS executives were not happy with the pilot. At the time, former CBS boss Nina Tassler said that the network was trying to “get a re-do” of the pilot, but the studio and creators were not on board with the changes that the network wanted so the project fizzled.
Like the original dad spinoff, “How I Met Your Father,” which was first reported by Deadline, is described as an ensemble series that tells the story from a female point of view, unlike the original sitcom that was narrated by Bob Saget. The new project will have new characters.
Aptaker and Berger are under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind their current show “This Is Us.” They are repped by Verve.
Carter and Bays are currently under an overall deal at Sony Television, and have a few projects in development this season, including a comedy at Fox and a CBS comedy with comedian Chris Distefano that landed a promising pilot production commitment. They are repped by UTA.