Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No How I Met Your Dad Spin Off….at least not on CBS

CBS said no to the How I Met Your Mother genetic descendent, How I Met Your Dad with the explanation that there were “problems” with the pilot.  What those problems are, I couldn’t tell you.  Whether this will turn out to be a mistake on their part, only time will tell because 20th Century Fox and the producers of the show can now shop it anywhere.  And with the show’s pedigree, don’t’ be surprise if it gets picked up elsewhere.  There is nothing more satisfying to a network head than to one up your competition.

CBS wanted the pilot redone and I guess that would have been feasible except for one problem.  Redoing a pilot is not cheap and if they had filmed it, there still was no guarantee CBS would pick it up.  Better to take your wares and go elsewhere.

On the one hand, it’s actually pretty shitty of CBS after having reaped nine years of rewards from HIMYM.  But loyalty has no place in the executive offices of television networks.  Absolutely zero.  Because network executives are the smartest people on the planet and always make the right decisions.  Just ask anyone of them, they’ll tell you.

On the other hand, I’m not sure that anybody wants to see the devil spawn of Mother.  I’ve been wanting to write about the final season of HIMYM but haven’t had the time.  And I’m still going to do it despite the fact that the show is over and done with.  I’m still that pissed off about it. 

But there are other reasons that still make a final season rehash a worthy endeavor.

For a lot of people including myself, the opinion was that Carter/Bays seriously mucked up what could have been a great ninth year, and then proceeded to poop out the biggest turd of all which was the Season Finale.  For me, it is an object lesson in how not to throw a bon voyage party and piss off your audience that remained loyal to you through nine seasons.  It gives serialized television a bad name. 

So with several shows heading into final seasons, maybe the writers and producers of those shows will take a clue.  Are you listening Two and a Half Men?  You’ve already overstayed your welcome and this is your last chance to redeem yourself and get it right.

From Boomtron:

CBS was not in-love with the pilot and threw the idea out for them to re-do it before they would reconsider it. However, 20th Century Fox did not get a promise to be picked up and thus refused to reshoot it. Now CBS boss is upset and worried that another network will pick up the series. Here is what Nina Tassler said. 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…a conversation about redoing the pilot,but that’s not happening right now…. It wasn’t what they wanted to do….(we have) an extraordinary track record redoing pilots…I’m heartsick. We loved this brand, it is a very important show and we love the producers, but it didn’t work out.

That had to hurt the producers, but if it is picked up by another network it will hurt them more. With Meg Ryan being the narrator and the promising team, it seems like it would be a hit. It is just that CBS doesn’t seem to be willing to give it a try.

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