After following nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, the final season aired in 2014 and drew to a close an epic saga of friendship, dating, love and loss.
Sadly, the last episode of the otherwise incredible show left a bad taste in the mouths of plenty of fans. The general consensus was something along the lines of "What? Why the heck would they do that?!" It was a dark time.
So, when I heard that there were talks of making a spinoff show titled How I Met Your Dad, I met it with an interesting mix of pleasure and hesitation. Maybe it would remedy what I thought got broken somewhere along the way. Or maybe it would only further taint the fond memories I have of the sitcom.
But today, I guess we're prepared to never know how How I Met Your Dad will make audiences feel. The show was about a different group who frequented familiar haunts like MacLaren’s Pub, but with totally new characters and plots.
After filming the pilot, with Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver, Tiya Sircar, Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino, the show wasn't picked up by CBS as had been expected.
According to CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler last year, it all came down to the creative minds of Bays & Thomas and Spivey, who produced HIMYM, and not being able to make all the components fit.
There were elements of the pilot that didn’t work out. Creative always drives the business. We felt re-piloting was in the best interest.
In a recent interview with Mike Ryan at Uproxx, How I Met Your Dad lead Greta Gerwig briefly discussed the pilot and any potential future for the show.
I loved working on it with those people, and TV is really fun because it’s a proper job.
It’s time-consuming while you are doing it, then you have freedom.
As much fun as Gerwig had filming the show, she's not sitting around moping over what could have been.
Instead she's shifted her focus towards her upcoming movie she wrote with her partner (While We're Young, Frances Ha) Noah Baumbach, Mistress America, which opens this weekend. When it comes to moving from one creative venture to another, Gerwig stated:
I mean, there’s always a trade-off. Ultimately, I’m really happy with everything I’m doing now, and I don’t wish that I was spending all of my time making that show. If it had happened, I probably would have found a way to express myself in that. It’s hard to know what the ghost ship of where life didn’t take you would have been like.
All seems to be going perfectly well for the delightful Greta Gerwig, with or without How I Met Your Dad under her belt. So, is it a good thing the HIMYM universe is closed off, or should it be resurrected?
Greta Gerwig's Mistress America will be in limited theaters starting this weekend.