May 14th, 2014
02:14 PM ET
CBS has unveiled its new fall schedule, and one series was conspicuously missing: "How I Met Your Dad."
There had been rumors that the "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff had been picked up, which wouldn't have been surprising considering the effort to cast the right stars and land names like Meg Ryan for the comedy.
Yet as CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler explained at a press conference via HitFix, the spinoff's absence from the list of fall pickups boils down to creative differences.
"How I Met Your Dad" was supposed to be similar to its predecessor in that it would share a story premise and a creative team ("HIMYM" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas were behind the spinoff). Instead of having an older gent recall to his kids how he met their mother in a long-winded tale, "HIMYD" would follow a young woman's journey to meeting the right guy.
Indie darling Greta Gerwig had been tapped to star in the pilot as the main character, Sally, "a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she's going in life." After breaking up with her husband, Sally turns to her friends and family for support, even though they're "often too willing to give 'good' advice that can backfire badly."
According to Tassler, "to say we loved this show and we love these producers" would be "an understatement." And yet "there were elements of the pilot that didn't work out. We tried to reach out and engage them in terms of them redoing the pilot. That's not happening right now."
Which means "How I Met Your Mother's" legacy, for now, remains with the nine seasons it aired on CBS before concluding in March.
The network is also preparing to say goodbye to another long running comedy: "Two and a Half Men." It announced along with its fall schedule that the show will end with its 12th season, which begins in October.
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