CBS passes on 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff with Greta Gerwig

By Daniel S Levine,

It looks like How I Met Your Mother was not the start of a new TV franchise for CBS. The eye network has ultimately decided to pass on How I Met Your Dad, despite reports to the contrary last week. The show was completely missing from the network’s fall 2014 schedule announcement Wednesday morning.

HIMYD appeared to get a series order last week, but it turned out that the Hollywood trades jumped the gun. On Monday, HIMYM co-creator Carter Bays tweeted that the spinoff hadn’t been picked up.

Since the show wasn’t even mentioned this morning, that confirms that HIMYD wasn’t picked up at all. According to Deadline, CBS did ask for a new pilot, but producer 20th Century Fox TV passed on that option as well. The eye network’s option also expires today, so unless something happens this afternoon, it appears to be dead at CBS.

Creators Bays, Craig Thomas and Emily Spivey will now have to take their show to another network. Sources for E! News and Deadline suggest that 20th Century is going to try to find another home for the show.

HIMYD would have followed the format of HIMYM, with Meg Ryan as the narrator. Greta Gerwig starred in the pilot as Sally, the girl trying to find Mr. Right and the father of her children.

“I'm heartsick,” CBS chief Nina Tassler told reporters. “We love this brand and we love this show, but it didn't work out.”

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