‘How I Met Your Mother’ spinoff gets pilot for CBS

"How I Met Your Mother stars, from left, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris.

The proposed spinoff of the long-running CBS hit “How I Met Your Mother” has taken another step closer to appearing on TV screens next fall. The network has ordered up a pilot for the series, titled “How I Met Your Dad.”

According to Deadline, CBS has green-lighted the pilot from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as “Up All Night” creator Emily Spivey. The series wouldn’t follow any of the characters from “How I Met Your Mother,” instead following a new group of characters. The only direct link between the two shows would be the bar where all the main characters hang out, MacLaren’s.

On the set: movies and TV

“How I Met Your Mother” has taken nine seasons to tell the story of how Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) met the mother of his children. The new series would follow a female character on a similar journey to find love.


The appearance of “How I Met Your Dad” could fill the void in the CBS lineup left by “How I Met Your Mother,” which is coming to a close in May. The series has performed well in the ratings, and its final season has been a bit of an experiment, with all the episodes taking place in the weekend leading up the wedding of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders).

The ordering of a pilot doesn’t guarantee that “How I Met Your Dad” will go to series, but it’s a step.


Alternate ‘Breaking Bad’ ending leaks online


History relives the week of JFK’s assassination on Twitter

Premiere of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Almost Human’ buddies up to ratings