News Briefs: Meet the New Characters of How I Met Your Dad!

By Kaitlin Thomas

Feb 01, 2014


... I know, I know. I've crapped all over the idea of a How I Met Your Mother spin-off ever since it was first announced, and since I don't really have the power to stop TV shows from being made (OMG COULD YOU IMAGINE?), the pilot for How I Met Your Dad is happening. After some really thorough detective work, I've got my hands on just who's going to be playing the roles of Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily, and Robin in the CBS pilot. Ready? Here we go (I've tried my best to match them up to the current characters, based on where they fit in the story):

Sally = Ted | She's the mother telling the story. She's described as being a "female Peter Pan" who's messy and doesn't really want to grow up. That sounds more like a Barney equivalent than a Ted equivalent, no? Anyway, she's getting divorced from her first husband when the series starts.

Juliet = Barney | She's Sally's wild best friend, who's really happy that Sally's ending things with Gavin. She also runs a successful fashion blog (really?).

Danny = Marshall | Danny is Sally's gay older brother. She moves in with Danny and his husband after her divorce, and although they get along pretty well, Danny's kind of an overachieving lawyer and Sally moving in isn't really the best thing for their relationship.

Todd = Lily | Todd is the aforementioned husband of Sally's brother Danny. He's way more easy going than Danny is, and actually loves having Sally around.

Frank = Robin | Frank manages IT for Juliet's blog, and because the current laws of television dictate that all series must have a hot nerd, Frank fills that role. He has feelings for Sally, but they're not reciprocated at the moment.

So, kids, what do you think? Are you more on board or less on board with the idea of a spin-off now that you know who the characters are? [TV Line]


... I say this with a lot of love in my heart: France is weird, right? Movie theaters there will be showing Sharknado on February 8, which is 10 days ahead of the movie's release on DVD. I didn't even watch Sharknado because Price watched it for me, and yet I still know that it was too much even for regular-sized screens. Can you imagine that baby on big screens? Anyway, keep doing your thing, France. I love you. [THR]

... NBC has ordered two additional episodes of its new series Chicago P.D., bringing the current Season 1 total to 15. Since its premiere, the series has averaged 6.8 million viewers. [TV Guide]

... Syfy is ever-so-slightly changing up its schedule. Opposite Worlds' live elimination episodes will air on Wednesdays at 8pm beginning February 5. The regular episodes featuring challenges will continue to air Tuesdays at 10pm. [Syfy via press release]

... Sherlock producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue (fun fact: they're married) don't know when the next season of Sherlock will happen, but in a nutshell, it won't be as soon as you'd like. The personal schedules of everyone involved are what make writing and filming Sherlock so difficult, and with Moffat's day job being to run Doctor Who, and with Martin Freeman being the Hobbit and currently filming FX's Fargo, "His Last Vow"—which airs in the U.S. on Sunday—will likely the last new episode we'll see for a while. [Collider]


... Psych's Timothy Omundson is making a habit of stealing things. He just stole the show on Supernatural, and now he'll be stealing ladies' hearts on ABC's new fairy-tale comedy pilot Galavant. He'll play King Richard, who stole Prince Galavant's (Joshua Sasse) one true love Madalena (Mallory Jansen). [Deadline]

... Pretty Little Liar Lucy Hale is guest-starring on Baby Daddy as Piper, the daughter of a client that Riley is representing. Apparently she lies (BIG SURPRISE) about being a party girl with a sex tape and some other stuff happens, but I've been confused by what I've been typing since the first sentence of this blurb, so okay! [TV Guide]

... Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) is joining Hannibal's second season in a major role. He'll play Mason Verger, a wealthy character who was played by Gary Oldman in the 2001 Hannibal film. Verger is an unstable patient of Hannibal's, and because of where the series takes place in Hannibal Lecter's timeline, this is a younger version of Verger. According to a casting description, the character has been compared to Andrew Scott's Moriarty in Sherlock. Hmm. [EW]

... CBS's new drama Extant, which recently added Goran Visnjic to its roster, has now nabbed Grace Gummer, the daughter of Meryl Streep. Gummer will play Julie, a woman who helped create the robot kiddo whose parents are Visjnic's John and Halle Berry's Molly. [TV Line]

... Tony Hale (Veep) has been cast as Marcus's (Benjamin Stockham) father on NBC's new comedy series About A Boy. The character never appeared in the film, but he was in Nick Hornby's original novel, which the series and film are based on. [EW]

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  • andylunga Feb 22, 2014

    Wow!!!! I didn't care before but I gotta say, I'm loving the diversity in the character descriptions cannot wait for Pilot

  • jonkeriksson Feb 13, 2014

    Wtf is this?
    Completely missed this. But NO. DON'T.

  • man_on_the_moon Feb 12, 2014

    Teds not the dad

  • somner1 Feb 12, 2014

    I think it has great flop or to be ...legen....wait-for-it.....dary.
    Many spin-ofs fail horribly, like Joey from Friends.
    There can be great ones too, like Fraizer from Cheers.

    I think if How I Met Your Mother was a show geared towards the guy's perspective, a How I Met Your Dad could be more of the woman's perspective.
    As long as the show has different twists. Chooses its own path. Has its OWN set of unique and non-cliche characters, it could all work.
    BUT...I am leary of having another gay couple, just like Barney's brother and his husband. Given that we didn't see a lot of them, just the idea of almost rehashing the same old characters.
    Really though? ANOTHER lawyer? We could have had a car salesman, or a webstore owner.
    I'll watch it. I do hope that they do all the things they didn't do in HIMYM, or the things they wanted to do, but didn't

  • dgoddard07 Feb 05, 2014

    The biggest reason for watching HIMYM was to find out who the mother is, we know the dad is ted so there is no point in this what so ever

  • zampognaro Feb 13, 2014

    This show is not connected to the story in himym.

  • dgoddard07 Feb 23, 2014

    but its called how i met your dad, so the title is bullshit or its about how she met ted, either way pointless

  • zampognaro Mar 22, 2014

    Not very smart, I know

  • JohnCouto Mar 15, 2014

    No it's about a woman who meets the "dad". Ted is not the dad. The show is focusing on a whole different group of friends. Therefore we do not know who the dad is. Kind of hard to explain. Lol

  • mad-pac Feb 03, 2014

    10 years for "How I Met Your Dad," then another 10 for "How I Met Your Stepbrother," then another 10 for "How I Met your Dog," the 10 for "How I Met this Glorious Coffee Table..."

  • Notusedname Feb 03, 2014

    Of course i am going to watch the How I Met Your Mother Spin-off it sounds like a thirteen episode and never heard from Again kinda show. So i should be able to survive. This sounds like when they tried out Mad Love, and are there anyone who remembers that show now?

  • tnetennba Feb 02, 2014

    I stopped watching HIMYM years ago. I'm not even that into comedies anymore, and I especially don't like the "pretty people going on dates" category of comedies. So the idea of a spinoff sounds awful to me. But I don't think we can immediately conclude that this will fail. I don't know any comedy where the premise alone is what made it fail or succeed. It depends on the writers and the actors.

    It sounds risky to make it about two women, two gay men and a nerd. In other words, about four people who date men, and one who doesn't date. I suspect that most men will be turned off by this, so the show has to be funnier than most to succeed.

  • frontman19 Feb 02, 2014

    Definitely way less on board with How I Met Your Dad definitely won't last.

  • ElainePinto Feb 02, 2014

    This spin-off already seemed like a terrible mistake on paper. Now it's official. I don't see more than a 13-episode order for this.

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