CBS explains pass on 'How I Met Your Dad' pilot

Associated PressJuly 17, 2014 

TV Critics Watch - How I Met Your Dad

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows actress Greta Gerwig at the photo call for the film "Frances Ha" at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin. Gerwig was cast in the pilot for the "How I Met Your Mother" spin-off called "How I Met Your Dad," which CBS passed on. CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said Thursday, July 17, 2014, the network wants to stay in business with show creators and said CBS would love the opportunity to take another shot.


— "How I Met Your Dad" may not be dead yet.

CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said Thursday the network wants "very much to stay in business" with the show's creators Craig Thomas, Carter Bays and executive producer Emily Spivey.

She also said, "We'd love the opportunity to take another shot."

"How I Met Your Dad" was a spin-off of "How I Met Your Mother," which aired its series finale in March.

So what went wrong with "Dad?" Tassler hinted to journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the cast didn't jibe.

"Some things about this worked, some things didn't," she said. "As I said many, many times 'Big Bang' would not be 'Big Bang' without having redone that pilot."

Tassler went on to say she couldn't imagine Kaley Cuoco not being on "Big Bang." The actress was cast in the show's second pilot.

"Dad" didn't have any connection to "Mother" except for the story format. The lead character explains to her kids the events that led her to meet their dad.

Greta Gerwig had the starring role with Meg Ryan as a narrator.

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