Will we ever get to meet How I Met Your Dad? Perhaps, if CBS can get a Bang for its buck.
At the 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour on Thursday, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler revealed that there is still hope for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, provided that, the show’s creators (Craig Thomas, Carter Bays and Emily Spivey) are able to follow in the footsteps of The Big Bang Theory and redo the pilot.
“A lot of things about … How I Met Your Dad, worked, a lot of things didn’t,” Tassler explained to journalists. “We’d like the opportunity to take another shot.”
She continued, “Big Bang would not be Big Bang without having redone that pilot. I cannot imagine Kaley Cuoco not being a part of that show, and as you may know, she was not a part of the original pilot.”
Tassler didn’t say exactly what didn’t work about HIMYD during its first go, but alluded to issues with the cast, which was going to lead by Frances Ha star and writer Greta Gerwig.
“At this point, you make the best decisions you can with respect to casting,” Tassler noted when first asked about HIMYD on Thursday. “Some of the lessons that we learned are the lessons you apply to developing any show, whether it’s a spinoff or not. You really have to look at all of the elements … the storytelling, the casting, the production value.”
In general, though, it sounds like Tassler’s feeling very Ted Mosby–hopelessly romantic–about the future of HIMYD, which may either delight or horrify you depending on how you felt about THAT FINALE. “Craig and Carter and Emily, we adore those guys,” she said. “We want very much to stay in business with them.”
Considering that she wasn’t mentioned at all during the panel, perhaps Gerwig’s involvement was the nail in HIMYD‘s coffin this time. Gerwig was not only going to star in HIMYD, but be a producer, and considering her nuanced work with Frances Ha, it’s likely that she wanted to push the show in a less, broad, more realistic direction, especially in terms of depictions of female characters. And as we know from the women currently heading up their comedies (sorry, but Amy, Bernadette and Penny could still use more stories that don’t involve their love for the boys on Big Bang), that’s not something that CBS is particularly interested in at this moment in time.
Emily is covering the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour live from the Beverly Hills Hilton from June 12 – 22. Tune in every day for new pieces and follow her tweets at @Cinefilles and @emilygagne.