‘How I Met Your Dad’ Could Fill Void Left By ‘How I Met Your Mother’

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For those still drying their eyes after Monday’s How I Met Your Mother finale, wondering how you’re going to spend all that free time you now have on Monday nights, never fear, for a spin-off is here. Or almost here. The show’s creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, are producing a pilot called How I Met Your Dad for CBS that will retain HIMYM’s charm but won’t contain any of that series’ characters.

How I Met Your Dad will star indie darling Greta Gerwig as a woman whose marriage is falling apart and must lean on her close friends for support. Similar to its predecessor, it will follow her on the journey to finally meet her one true love who will become the father of her children. Gerwig told E! Online that the show will have the humor and sentimentality of the original. “It’s funny. It shares the heart and soul with the original show, so it has the sweetness and the funniness,” she said. Gerwig will also be involved behind the scenes should the pilot be picked up, sharing writing and executive producing credits with Bays and Thomas.

Gerwig plays a woman named Sally who has been reluctant to grow up and whose recent marriage is crumbling because of it. Comedian Drew Tarver will play Sally’s best friend and former roommate who’s now in a same-sex marriage with her brother, played by Andrew Santino of Mixology. Her best female friend will be a fashion blogger played by Tiya Sircar, and Masters of Sex’s Nick D’Agosto rounds out the group.

The hourlong series finale of How I Met Your Mother, which wrapped up nine seasons of the show, has been hotly debated, with some fans saying it made them lose faith in television as a whole and others defending the show’s unexpected (or maybe expected) end. While rumors about the characters from HIMYM being involved with the new pilot have been swirling across an Internet filled with broken-hearted fans, Bays and Thomas don’t seem to want to go there.

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