How I Met Your Mother fans will have to wait a bit longer for a spin-off: The two writers behind How I Met Your Father, Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, just got promoted to be co-showrunners with Dan Fogelman on the second season of NBC drama This Is Us and will be putting the spin-off on the back burner in the meantime, EW can confirm. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Craig Thomas and Carter Bays’ How I Met Your Mother ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2014. In 2013, it was announced that they’d be creating a spinoff for CBS titled How I Met Your Dad starring Greta Gerwig, with Meg Ryan taking on the role of narrator. The network wanted to rework the pilot, though, something Bays and Thomas weren’t willing to do. As a result, it didn’t make it onto the fall schedule.
“We have an extraordinary track record of retooling shows,” CBS exec Nina Tassler told EW at the time. “We tried to reach out and engage them about redoing the pilot, but that it’s just not happening. You run into these kinds of issues. You hope they can resolve themselves. They haven’t.”
Then in late 2016, news broke that Aptaker and Berger were writing a new pilot for a spinoff, this time titled How I Met Your Father, with Bays and Thomas serving as executive producers. It’s not clear who would star in this version, and there currently isn’t a timeline for its development.