News Briefs: CBS Is Developing a How I Met Your Mother Spin-off


BEST JOKE ALL SEASON! 

Hahaha. This is a good one, guys. CBS is developing a female-centric spin-off of How I Met Your Mother that's tentatively titled How I Met Your Father. It would follow a new group of friends who viewers would meet in the series finale and tell the story of yes, you guessed it, how some woman met the father of her children. I still enjoy the original series, even if it isn't as good as it used to be, so please allow me to showcase how I feel about this news with the help of HIMYM .GIFs:


[Deadline]


BUSINESS TIME

... Adult Swim has ordered a third series from comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, a.k.a. Tim & Eric. The new series, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, is a quarter-hour dark comedy featuring episodes that dive into fantasy and the unknown. And just like Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Bedtime Stories will feature celebrity guest stars. The series begins production in February, but a half-hour Halloween special written by Heidecker, Wareheim, and Zach Galifinakis and titled Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories: Haunted House airs tomorrow night at midnight. [Adult Swim via press release]

... Broadchurch is already being adapted for American television with David Tennant in the lead role once again, but now it's also getting the book treatment. The novel is being written by series creator Chris Chibnall and British psychological thriller author Erin Kelly and I think it's telling the same story? I don't know about you guys, but I watch TV so I don't have to read. J/K reading is fun, stay in school, don't do drugs, etc. [The Telegraph]

... Ed Burns is writing, producing, directing, and starring in (OMG I am tired) a new pilot for TNT called Public Morals. The project is based in New York City in 1967 and Burns will play a cop in the Public Morals Division of the NYPD. Please don't ask how many times I've had to double check that I didn't make any typos in this brief; it's all true and correct as far as I can tell. [EW]

... Bret McKenzie, a.k.a. one half of Flight of the Conchords, is working with Fox to develop an animated comedy. Set at NASA, the project is an as-yet-untitled workplace comedy that "follows the exploits of a group of employees toiling away at an almost-obsolete NASA space center in Boulder, Colorado." [TV Guide]

... TBS is jumping on the "watch-our-new-series-early" bandwagon and giving viewers the opportunity to preview its new Bill Lawrence comedy Ground Floor one week before the show's premiere. Starting Thursday, November 7, the pilot will be available on TBS's website and mobile apps. The series stars Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin as a a young, hotshot banker who has a one-night stand with a woman only to find out she works in maintenance in his office building. Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs) also star. [TBS via press release]

... Man, ABC Family really wants to be considered a serious network, huh? That's all I can glean from the fact that it's developing an adaptation of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Based on the 1992 film, the series will tell the story of a young, attractive nanny who terrorizes a suburban family from the inside (because everyone knows that unattractive nannies are all very nice people) . [THR]

... Lemme get this straight: Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan are all, "OH NO YOU DIDN'T" in response to the news of a possible Charmed reboot, but Doherty and Milano are both open to doing a Charmed movie? #greedy [Digital Spy]

... We somehow missed this news last week and OMG I AM SO SORRY because NBC is developing a series about an angel who works as a private detective, can read minds, turn himself invisible, AND talk to animals. Here's your Emmy, NBC! [Deadline]

... Vince is doing the movie! And so is everyone else, because yes that's right folks, the Entourage movie is finallllllly a go! [EW]

.. WE tv, which is primarily known for its lady-friendly reality programming, is getting serious about moving toward lady-friendly scripted programming. The network has hired someone to head its new scripted division and everything! Good first step, guys. [Variety]

... NBC, People, and Dick Clark Productions have announced a two-hour special called the People Magazine Awards, which is due to air in late 2014. By my calculations, that gives us all about a year to live. [NBC via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... Ron Burgundy will appear on Conan on Thursday, November 21 to promote his new book Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings (out November 18) as well as his new film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which premieres December 20[TBS via press release]

... Carrie Fisher is guest-starring on Season 2 of Legit. She'll play Angela Greenberg, one of Hollywood’s top comedy-development execs who wants to work with Jim, but who also has ulterior motives. [TV Line]

... Criminal Minds has booked Royal Pains star Paulo Costanzo for a guest appearance. He'll play Shane Wyeth, an old friend of Garcia's (Kirsten Vangsness), in the season's twelfth episode. [THR]


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Nov 07, 2013
WHY, WHY, WHY??? I loved this show since it came on the air and am one of the few that never really complains even when they have a cold spell and miss on a few episodes before knocking one or two out of the park in a row. Now it's definitely NO surprise that the series had switched gears in the last 3 years and went from comedy to a almost serious show with usually at least two tear tugging parts per episode. I personally have NO problem with this because it is nearing it's end and I am really into the characters (except Marshall) who is all by his lonesome in Cleveland, about 8 more episodes away from being with the gang. Now if Jason Segel really didn't want to do a 9th season so badly and had to be practically begged to do it, they probably should have ended at 8 seasons and in the middle of the 8th season started finishing up the show. I like him but him not being there ruins two characters because Lily is just "Thank you Linus" without him. They need to be together. Now for all the conspiracy people that think the mother is dead at the end, watch the Locket again and I will give you more fodder. When future Ted talks about the mothers driving gloves, listen to what he says. He says, you mother HAD a pair of driving gloves also. Wouldn't it be has?? The only thing that makes me believe that the mother AND Ted are alive is that in the first season, if you start at the pilot, the kids are laughing and joking when he starts talking to them. If he started to talk about their mother, I don't think they would have joked around. So this can go either way because of Time Travelers which really made many of us think when Ted gave the best speech in years at the mothers door. I can't watch that scene without getting teary eyed and I admit it. NOW, as for this sequel, you had a 9 year run with a great show that showed how these 5 very young adults grew up. They were invited into my home every week. I am NOT ready for another 9 year run to see how someone now met a father. Same premise, different sex. Will she be such a "slut" as Teddy Westside? Have the ties with her friends like this gang had. There was real chemistry between these five amazing actors (minus Jason this season). Time to put an end to a great show and bury it in the archives and in syndication forever.
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Nov 05, 2013
HIMYM is such a great show, HIMYF would just be a major disappointment in comparison. Fox already made the same mistake with "That 80's Show", I hope CBS doesn't go through with this colossal mistake. If there is going to be a spinoff, I would rather CBS give a show to a character already mentioned in HIMYM rather than having an all new group of characters never mentioned before.
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Nov 05, 2013
I'd only watch a spinoff of HIMYM if the lead protagonist was Patrice. Seriously, it would be great.
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Nov 04, 2013
HIMYM is the biggest piece of crap on television right now, and has been for the last 3-4 years. Just bury this crapfest, and please, please, please do not do a spin-off!!! If they do, I'll never watch it anyway, and I can't believe I'm still watching HIMYM! Guess I'm hoping they all die a horrible death (except Marvin- maybe he can be adopted by decent parents!)
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Nov 03, 2013
I've never watched HIMYM so I can't truly comment but it seems like an awful idea. Are these networks so full of talentless writers that all we get subjected to are remakes or spin off's when it comes to NEW television programming
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Nov 03, 2013
I don't think they should use the finale of How I Met Your Mother to create a spin off. That is just a dumb idea because not only are you shifting the focus of the episodes, you are doing it with the series finale. The new group of friends should be introduced in a new series altogether and they need to be a different group. If you have the same character archetypes, then it will be more of the same.
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Nov 03, 2013
You missed one:

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Nov 02, 2013
I am fine with How i met your father, if they use the cast of Happy Endings
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Nov 01, 2013
WHAT THE FUDGE? Seriously CBS? What has gotten into CBS? Geez.
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Nov 01, 2013
HIMYF is a great example of the perception issue people have with spinoffs. The concept is nothing but a carbon copy of the same show. It is an example of franchising, which does nothing original and only makes a more derivative product. Thanks to shows like CSI and L&O, the world has slowly gotten the impression that the only way to spinoff is by franchising, this has been detrimental to good television as many shows in television history have been spinoffs. That is not the way to make great television. Does that mean that all spinoffs are terrible? No, not at all. For years spinoffs were based on two ideas: taking a character from a show and/or creating a show that is similar yet also different at the same time (for ex. Maude recurred on All in the Family; her show was about politics/culture like AITF but was liberal). That's how you create a successful spinoff.
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Nov 01, 2013
The NBC angel project could work...with Cas!

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Nov 01, 2013
Supernatural got a backdoor spinoff pilot coming up soon maybe it's a Cas spinoff! ;)
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Oct 31, 2013
Is it bad to still be in disbelief about this? I mean I'm in straight up denial mode still.

(Thanks Price!)
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Oct 31, 2013
Adult Swim went to crap ever since they started doing live action shows. It is unbelievable how badly run that portion of the cartoon network is; the most popular animated shows that are left on (Venture Bros, Metalocalypse) routinely have 1.5-2 year long breaks in between seasons. How they heck are the creators of these shows supposed to build a bigger following with that sort of model?
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Oct 31, 2013
I don't want to wait another near decade to see who the subject of a story is.. so no thanks.

how would Shannen Doherty could be in a Charmed movie anyway, she remembers she died in the series right? I guess they could go the total cop out route and have her be a ghost like their grandmother, I remember in one episode they wanted ghost Prue to come but their grandmother said it was too soon or something.
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Nov 01, 2013
Congrats you just sold the plot issue with Shannen Doherty coming back! And doomed the movie at the same time! :)
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Oct 31, 2013
Oh God, they're doing a Scrubs.
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Oct 31, 2013
"How I Met Your Father"... If it's a story about "The Mother" and her adventures up to meeting Ted, then it's a bit too late for that. HIMYM had characters that were memorable and beloved because they were so zany (Barney especially before he decided to settle down with Robin.) but reversing everything to tell the long story of how the Mother met Ted would be ridiculous and boring. HIMYM is currently suffering because they've stretched 56 hours into a full 22 episode season full of unnecessary filler episodes. (Seriously, how much longer will Marshall be doing his road trip with the sassy black lady?) so spinning off a new show while the old one goes out in a whimper is pointless. It's best to spin off when the show is at its peak- that's how NCIS:LA and Angel got their momentum. Don't make the spinoff after the show jumped the shark. (This applies to Supernatural as well. I'm looking at you, writers-who-wanna-make-a-Castiel-spinoff.)
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Nov 01, 2013
Worst look like it's a complete unknown family never seen before and only there a few minutes in the final to make it count like a "Spin off"!! 99% of the reason that people still are watching HIMYM is the cast! Kinda like friends they try make shows like it with other cast but it didn't work!
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Nov 05, 2013
I agree! I don't see how a show that is essentially the same thing as the original show can succeed, when the cast of the original show made that show what it is.
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Oct 31, 2013
I would have been cool if the first half of the final season was from the mother's perspective... like going back to the old episodes showing "how they ALMOST met" from her point of view. Then the second half being them finally meeting, hitting it off, and flashing forward.

But a whole new show? Tough sell. One of the reasons HIMYM did so well was the cast: Neil Patrick Harris was legen----dary, Marshall and Lilly were well knowns, Robin was great, Bob Sagget was hilarious, etc. And even with all of THAT it couldn't maintain the momentum too long.

A whole new show with a new cast: good luck trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
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Oct 31, 2013
i will miss Barney when HIMYM ends, but seriously, this last season is a disaster, it's boring, and i'm definitely not laughing

the writers are running out of good ideas and they are considering making a spin-off ????
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Oct 31, 2013
Tim and Eric just never ever live up to the hype they create on Adult Swim.

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Oct 31, 2013
Ground Floor looks terrible. Can't believe Bill Lawrence is involved with that one. TBS can't make anything good that's original.

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Oct 31, 2013
Is this a joke? How I Met Your Father?
It made me laugh either way.
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Oct 31, 2013
HIMYF makes this article sound as if it were written on April Fools. Instead of the producers attempting to make that concept, they should parody it on a meta level.

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Oct 31, 2013
Isn't NASA basically dead now anyway? Weren't they defunded?

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Nov 01, 2013
Nop NASA is alive and running many projects however with mayor budget cuts! But not defunded that bill was kicked out of the window! The government shutdown grounded NASA and many projects for weeks after however!

Most people don't realize that a lot of the technology we take for granted today wouldn't actually be here if it wasn't for NASA's involvement.
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Nov 01, 2013
"Most people don't realize that a lot of the technology we take for granted today wouldn't actually be here if it wasn't for NASA's involvement."


Not true at all; a common myth. Most of the technology allegedly developed by NASA was actually developed by private companies beforehand. Velcro for instance.
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Nov 01, 2013
I say NASA's involvement not developed, They push that technology forward to can use it! ;)
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Nov 02, 2013
Irregardless, velcro would have gotten out there on the market. As long as there's a market for it. The only thing NASA did was provide a marketing push.
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Oct 31, 2013
I don't mind if they create a HIMYM spinoff. But it needs to be a better idea than that. C'mon guys, at least try a little harder.

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Oct 31, 2013
I'm guessing this is the culmination of that tv.com article that mentioned that HIMYM could come back for a tenth season. All I'm guessing is CBS tried to convince the producers and then gave up, leading to this spinoff idea.
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Oct 31, 2013
How i met your godfather with Vito Corleone?
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Oct 31, 2013
Hiow i emt ur father????????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Oct 31, 2013
First, I'm a little annoyed. I called the spinoff a while ago, but what I really thought that they should do for THIS (THE FINAL) SEASON was change the name to "How I Met Your Mother Father" and show all the "near misses" and meeting of the other cast and culminating in the final meet between Ted and the Mother. It would have avoided Marshall in a car ride, included the train scene, and excluded the old people and kept things fresh. Damn. Maybe I should have pitched the idea.
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Oct 31, 2013
That is a REALLY good idea, and is exactly what should have happened. Execellent idea.
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Oct 31, 2013
Yeah, I kind of figured something similar as well would happen this season. Like the mother starts narrorating the show and talking about what she did before being shown in the season finale.
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Oct 31, 2013
There's an internet rumor that the Mother is actually dead, making it impossible for her to butt in and tell her side of the story. Though I hope that's not true, since the "alternate reality" where Ted marries Stella had an older-looking Stella arriving at the very end of the story, scolding Ted for keeping the kids up past their bedtime. I hope the Mother will do the same in the real timeline.
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Nov 01, 2013
Yeah, I've heard that one too, but I doubt it.
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Oct 31, 2013
It was what I was hoping for.
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Oct 31, 2013
It takes a lot more work to come up with an original concept to than stick to a proven formula hoping the audience would stay.

Problem is: it takes less time for me to quit on something I've already seen, than it takes for me to quit on something I've never seen before.
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Oct 31, 2013
The only way a HIMYM spinoff would be worth watching if it was The Mother telling the same kids how she met Ted.

I would watch that in a heartbeat.
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Oct 31, 2013
as an HIMYM fan, I'm sayin: "staph!" please, no..
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Oct 31, 2013
How I met your father? Is this a trick? where is the treat?

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Oct 31, 2013
Charmed was a great show overall and I don't care if it's greedy on their part but I wouldn't mind if they made a movie instead of a reboot! But that's just my opinion.
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Oct 31, 2013
Are we really mean to take these three seriously? 1 of them's crazy and the other two turned Charmed into a giant ego trop for themselves. I'm not saying the writing was ever good overall, but it really took a nosedive when Holly and Alyssa became producers.
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Oct 31, 2013
*trip
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Oct 31, 2013
enough with HIMYM,... the series itself is a rip off ( not even a single joke seems original to me ),... and now it gets a spin off?
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Oct 31, 2013
This is a joke, right?
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Oct 31, 2013
I was talking about HIMYF
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Oct 31, 2013
i have watched himym from the start but thought it been dragged out for a couple year longer than should have been, along with a good handful of episodes that were a total snore..... so a spin off??? good idea or not...... i think not they should put himym to bed and come up with something new good shows have been cancelled bring them back (the glades, secret circle, csi miami and ny, alphas etc) instead of spin offs
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Oct 31, 2013
But...aren't CSI:NY and Miami spinoffs....
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Oct 31, 2013
I don't have faith in networks anymore.
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Oct 31, 2013
In my eyes a spinoff on HIMYM telling the mother's side of the story was bound to happen. HIMYM has become a cash-cow for the company and a spin-off will continue that as it will probably retain a lot of the original viewers.
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Oct 31, 2013
It is not going to be the mother's side of the story. It is going to be a whole new cast with some random woman telling about how she met her baby daddy.
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Oct 31, 2013
I'm trying really hard not to make any How I Met Your Baby Daddy jokes.
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Oct 31, 2013
If they could only crossover with ABC Family.
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Oct 31, 2013
Wait, wait, wait... Doherty refused to return to Charmed for the finale, refused to have her likeness in the comics, hates the idea of the show being rebooted... but she's fine with doing a movie? That woman is hard to understand.
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Oct 31, 2013
So Spelling Entertainment actually wanted her back for the finale? After all the bridges she burned with them?
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Oct 31, 2013
Kern did an interview where he said That he had never formally asked Doherty to return for the finale. He basically said even if she had returned to the role, the budget wouldn't had allowed it. I don't know if this is the truth, if it was just his pride, or not wanting to try and write in a storyline for the character, who knows.
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Nov 03, 2013
Regardless of whether or not they actually wanted her back, the fact is they wouldn't have been able to afford her even if they did. That had to write out Leo as a main cast member for the majority of the last season as a budget cut, no way would they have been able to get Doherty back.
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Oct 31, 2013
Right? Im confused too. What's even more confusing is that Doherty's confirmstion of interest is in a response to Milano. Thought they
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Oct 31, 2013
HIMYM was an original concept. HIMYF really, really isn't. I'll pass. As for Charmed, if they HAVE to bring it back, a movie with the original characters and actresses would be best. And the mindreading, invisible, angelic detective idea? What did they do for that idea, pick some pages from the old scripts of Medium, Touched by an Angel, and some standard procedurals?
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Oct 31, 2013
It's actually based on a book series, I guess? I read a lot of crazy stuff, but ummmmm.... I'll pass on that.
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Nov 01, 2013
If they are basing it on the Remy (Remiel) Chandler series, they should say so. What they described was an achingly generic mis-mash of things.
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Oct 31, 2013
I have to wonder who these two poor kids are, and if they'll meet someday.

"Whatever you do, don't get my father started on the story of how he met my mom. He just goes on and on, he mentions stuff that had nothing to do with it. I swear, it takes him years to tell that story."

"I feel your pain; my mom's the same way."
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Oct 31, 2013
One other thing.... Angel reading minds, turning invisible and solving crimes? I don't mean to be pessimistic but that sounds...to put in nicely.... absurd,
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Oct 31, 2013
At least it sounds like one episode shouldn't last too long....
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Nov 01, 2013
Amen.... too much?
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Oct 31, 2013
No, can we just leave the HIMYM brand alone and come up with something new please. I don't think I would be able to wrap my head around a spin off like that....
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Oct 31, 2013
So is this How I Met Your Father just in talks or is it green lit and moving forward? I too still enjoy the show but this cow's out of milk people, just leaver her alone.
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Oct 31, 2013
I got the impression it was very much still in the baby stages.
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Nov 01, 2013
Then maybe there's still a chance for some sudden infant death syndrome to save us all.
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Oct 31, 2013
HIMYF --> why not? As long as it doesn't attempt to have any real connection with HIMYM I see it as a win-win situation. Either it is surprisingly good, or it is bad but doesn't dirty the original.
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Oct 31, 2013
For the love of god NO to HIMYM spin off. Didn't they learn from Joey? Serious I agree with the GIFs.
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Oct 31, 2013
Literally logged in to say this. Joey, indeed.
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Oct 31, 2013

My feelings about HIMYF.
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Oct 31, 2013
does anyone else think Anchorman is overrated? and not good at all?
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Oct 31, 2013
HIMYF. Oh lord... That's got to be some kind of a Halloween trick, right? RIGHT?
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