CBS’ long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother is coming very close to its conclusion, but it was recently revealed that certain scenes for the series finale were actually filmed eight years ago. When How I Met Your Mother first debuted, it offered viewers something quite different than your standard CBS sitcom. It was still a sitcom, but it involved a highly serialized conceit that would play out through the series’ run, culminating in the titular reveal of how Ted (Josh Radnor) met his wife. The show has certainly had its ups and downs along the way and the current final season has been frustratingly disappointing, but it will hopefully all have been worth it when the series finale airs later next month.
In a recent AMA on Reddit, series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas answered burning questions about the show, and during the course of the event they revealed that they actually filmed portions of the upcoming finale in 2006. They also discussed the spinoff How I Met Your Dad. Read on after the jump.
The How I Met Your Mother spinoff is officially a thing. We learned last month that CBS was eyeing the prospect of a female-centric comedy spinoff of the long-running series, and now TV Line reports that the network has ordered a pilot for How I Met Your Dad. HIMYM creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are behind this potential new series alongside Emily Spivey (Up All Night), and the idea is to follow a relationship from a female point of view. HIMYD will revolve around a new set of characters and is described as a “kindred spirit” of the original series, but Bays was quick to point out on Twitter that they will not be introducing these new characters in the final episodes of HIMYM, noting “this will be its own, totally new show.”
Creatively, the current final season of How I Met Your Mother has not exactly been firing on all cylinders, but maybe How I Met Your Dad will have enough fresh creative juice to take off. One imagines we’ll also see some connective tissue between the shows, like the utilization of MacLaren’s bar or occasional appearances by Ranjit.
At the end of last season we finally did it. We met the mother. It was a moment eight seasons in the making, and delightful as it was, fans are still waiting to see the titular moment when Ted Mosby meets the future mother of his children. In honor of their ninth and final season the cast of How I Met Your Mother made their Comic-con debut to a packed house of fans and bring them a glimpse of what to expect from the show’s conclusive season.
Following the panel Executive Producers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays spoke with the press. They talked about seeing the kids again after so many years, getting the opportunity to finish the show properly, casting the mother, their favorite moments from season eight, and more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan were joined by producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman at the first and last How I Met Your Mother Comic-Con panel this year to show a teaser for the final season of the show and to take questions from a loving audience. How I Met Your Mother will return Season 9 on September 23.
Hit the jump to read a recap of the panel, what fans can expect from the final season, how the show’s new framework will work out, and just how much we will find out about “the mother.”
Leading up to this year’s game-changing season finale of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, creators/showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas had been teasing that the ninth and final season would see the show’s narrative take a dramatic shift. Well, following the events of the season eight finale, we now have confirmation of just what kind of shift is taking place and it’s a rather curious move on Bays and Thomas’ part. Hit the jump to read on, but beware that there are spoilers for those who have somehow managed to remain unaware of what happened in the season eight finale.
The producers of the wildly popular CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother finally have an answer as to the fate of their series. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas began writing the current eighth season as if it would be the show’s last, and they’ve been patiently waiting for the network to come down with an answer regarding whether or not they needed to plan for one more season, or wrap things up in May. Dealing was complicated as contracts for both Bays and Thomas as well as the entire cast were up at the end of this year, but CBS made no secret of the fact that they would be keen on ordering another full season for the ratings-smash show if all the deals could be renegotiated.
Now it looks like the long-awaited answer to the statement posed in the title won’t come until 2014, as How I Met Your Mother has been renewed for a ninth and final season. Hit the jump for more details.
Earlier today, Fox announced the lineup for their fall 2012 schedule. Glee will now air on Thursday nights, and the network has created an all-comedy block on Tuesday nights with New Girl, Raising Hope, and two new comedy series. The network has now unveiled full trailers for said comedy series (and one that debuts midseason), so we now have a better idea of what to expect from the network’s new offerings. Despite having a terrible title, The Mindy Project actually looks really promising. Kaling, who also created the series, stars as a young physician who’s trying to break some bad habits in her personal life. Kaling is likeable and funny as the lead, and she’s buoyed by a strong supporting cast that includes Chris Messina (Damages) and Richard Schiff (The West Wing). The Bill Hader and Ed Helms cameos don’t hurt either. I like what I’ve seen, and it looks like The Mindy Project should make for a fine companion to New Girl on Tuesday nights.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers for all the new Fox comedies, including two other promising additions: Midseason series The Goodwin Games from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and the sibling comedy Ben and Kate.
While everyone will be tuning in this fall to finally meet their mother (could it be Katie Holmes?), the minds behind CBS’s How I Met Your Mother are already looking to the future. After a bidding war, Fox has greenlit a pilot from HIMYM co-creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as executive producer Chris Harris, titled The Goodwin Games. THR reports that the single-cam sitcom will follow three siblings who reunite after the death of their father.
Fox has also picked up a new one-hour series from the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle progenitor, Kevin Williamson. The untitled thriller series involves a technologically savvy serial killer who creates a social network of fellow murderers and the FBI agent caught in the midst. (If only Dexter was better at computers, then he wouldn’t have to keep Harry around for company.) THR reports that Williamson will stay on as writer and executive producer with his Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV.
I liked it well enough, but the fifth season of How I Met Your Mother faced accusations of a decline in quality in some critical circles. Creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, refreshingly, kept their fingers out of their ears. They acknowledged the show is better served when they don’t hit the reset button at the close of each segment, and keep their eyes to the end of the series.
Nice thought, but the step between the promise and the execution is a difficult one. My review of “Big Days,” the first episode of season six, after the jump.