Fox Would Like to Revive How I Met Your Mother
Posted 2017/05/16 1504 0
According to Deadline, Fox has expressed interest in bringing the main series back for new seasons.
During a conference call detailing Fox’s new fall schedule, chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden told reporters her hopes for a “How I Met Your Mother” revival. “At some point, I would hope we would have the opportunity to reunite those characters and tell new stories if Craig and Carter have the opportunity to do that,” she said. “It’s a beloved show that still continues to be popular all over the world.”
Produced by Fox for US network CBS, How I Met Your Mother ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2014. The show’s cast was led by Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor and Alyson Hannigan.
If the cast of the original show is to get back together, it may take a while, seeing as many have moved on to other projects. Cobie Smulders, who played Robin, is now on “Friends From College,” while Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor are on “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Rise,” respectively. During a 2017 episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Harris was asked about a reunion and said, “Everyone’s kind of gone off and are doing their own stuff.”
In March, it was reported that a mooted How I Met Your Mother spin-off series had been delayed. The spin-off was being steered by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who had also been serving as co-executive producers and writers on another hit US series, This Is Us. However, Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have since been promoted to showrunners on This Is Us, meaning the How I Met Your Mother spin-off has been placed “on the back burner”, according to reports.
Aptaker and Berger’s spin-off is the second attempt to continue the How I Met Your Mother franchise. In 2014, when the original show ended, a spin-off called How I Met Your Dad was immediately ordered by CBS. A pilot starring Greta Gerwig was filmed but never aired.
Revivals and reboots are all the rage for networks these days. Arrested Development was brought back for a fourth season on Netflix and a fifth seems likely since Jason Bateman tweeted he officially signed on. Gilmore Girls returned with A Year in the Life on Netflix, NBC has Will & Grace planned for the fall and Fox has another batch of episodes planned for The X-Files and hasn't closed the door on more Prison Break.