How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) has just aired its series finale after nine seasons on the air and a spin-off is already in the works. HIMYM first aired back in 2005 and since then has had a large following among fans. It has helped enhance the careers of all the main cast members. The show was created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and centered around Ted Mosby, played by Josh Radnor, and his friends living in New York City as he searches for his one true love.
Now that HIMYM has ended, series creators Bay and Thomas are ready to start work on the spin-off, which will be titled How I Met Your Dad and will be told through the viewpoint of a mother explaining to her kids how she met their father. But while the show will share a resemblance in the name, it will not be about the same characters. The new series will instead have a new cast and will be telling a new story mostly unrelated to that of HIMYM.
In the How I Met Your Mother spin-off, the main character will be Sally, who will be played by indie film actress Greta Gerwig. Gerwig is best known for her film roles in movies like the 2011 remake Arthur and also the 2012 film Frances Ha. Series creators Bay and Craig describe the character of Sally as a female version of Peter Pan, a woman who has not matured and still has no clue to what she wants to do with her life. Bay and Craig were highly intent on getting Gerwig on board to star in the HIMYM spinoff, going as far as offering to shoot the show in New York instead of Los Angeles to better accommodate the actress. The pilot will shoot in Los Angeles but if it takes off, it seems the show will then move to shoot in New York. The series, still in the works, is set in New York City like HIMYM, and while the characters are new, the story structure and plot will remain familiar to fans of HIMYM.
The show will also cast Anders Holm as Gavin, Sally’s soon-to-be ex-husband. Holm is a comedic actor best known for starring and co-creating the Comedy Central show Workaholics. He has also starred in The Mindy Project and guest-starred in the hit TV comedy series Modern Family. Other members of the cast playing Sally’s friends are Nick D’Agosto who will be playing Frank, an IT guy and also Tiya Sircar, who will play Sally’s best friend, Juliet.
The How I Met Your Mother spin-off has no premiere date as of yet, but the pilot details are already out. In the pilot, the character of Sally is living in New York City with her friends and is in the process of getting divorced from her first husband. From there she will eventually start her search for the man who will one day be the father of her yet-to-be-born children. The series will hopefully take a fresh approach to gaining the success that HIMYM had, although to some it looks as if though this spin-off is just a rehash of its predecessor. Only time will tell how the new series, currently in the works, will live up to the old, and if it will even get a season two.
By Miguel A. Tamayo