As was first reported in late October, the rumored “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off is, in fact, no longer just a rumor—there’s officially a pilot in the works. The new sub-series will hold many of the same elements of the original: A group of friends share their life experiences in Manhattan, as the female lead searches for her true love. It might even feature the iconic MacLaren’s Pub.
“How I Met Your Dad” (way to keep the phrasing consistent) has no confirmed plans to include any of our favorite characters from HIMYM and this is why I’m skeptical about its shot at success. One of the co-creators, Craig Thomas, told EW earlier this year, “There’s a world where the universe of the show can keep existing in a way that feels coherent to what’s come before, but new enough to be worth watching.” There’s only one way for me to agree with that: The Father has to be Ted Mosby.
It’s one thing to completely regurgitate a sitcom plot just for the sake of a few laughs, but it just comes across as lazy unless there’s something tying us in out of loyalty (like our blind affection for Joey Tribbiani). After following Ted’s looooong quest to find the love of his life, the only thing that would interest me in the flip-side of that experience would be seeing what it was like for the Mother with Cristin Milioti in the starring role. To see all those glimpses of the future from her perspective. Hell, Josh Radnor would be free from a contract obligation for at least the first few seasons, because he would be mystery to us until the end. Well, not a complete mystery. We would watch their small moments of “fate” with fond recognition—and then we would welcome him back with open arms. Now that could work. But Thomas already squashed those hopes with a tweet last night:
Color me bummed and little dubious. What do you guys think?
The final season of HIMYM is airing now on Mondays at 9 on CBS.
Season 8 was released on DVD October 1.