A source close to the How I Met Your Mother spin-off confirms that the pilot — which was rejected at CBS and subsequently shopped around to other networks — is officially dead.
However, according to the insider, the project will be redeveloped by 20th TV for the 2015-2016 TV season. I’m told HIMYD cocreators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas remain invested in keeping the Mother franchise going, and the pair have a lot of boosters at CBS (namely network chairwoman Nina Tassler).
The original incarnation, which was to star indie darling Greta Gerwig and be narrated by rom-com poster girl Meg Ryan, failed to land on CBS’ 2014-15 TV slate, although Tassler noted at the time, “To say we love this show and we love these producers is an understatement. They are beloved, and we have an extraordinary relationship with them. But there were elements in the pilot that didn’t work out.”
Should Dad get a second chance, a new cast would likely be brought in to replace Gerwig & Co. (all of whom were released from their contracts at the end of June).