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By | Sunday May 18, 2014 @ 7:51pm PDT

HIMYM‘How I Met Your Dad’ Not Going Forward At CBS: What Went Wrong? What’s Next?
By Nellie Andreeva
If the How I Met Your Mother legacy continues, it won’t be at CBS. Spinoff pilot How I Met Your Dad had been in no-man’s land since last Friday, when the network made its new series pickups and it was not among them.

‘Two And A Half Men’ To End Next Season
By Nellie Andreeva
CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler this morning confirmed that the upcoming 12th season of veteran comedy Two And A Half Men will be its last. The network is planning a sendoff similar to that for How I Met Your Mother this season, with co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre promising a “season-long event.”

Deadline Hollywood UpfrontsUPFRONTS 2014: The Overachievers
By Nellie Andreeva
It wasn’t easy but we survived another pilot season. Congratulations to all writers, producers and agents who celebrated the pickup of a new series this week. Here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series on the schedule.

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‘How I Met Your Dad’ Not Going Forward At CBS: What Went Wrong? What’s Next?

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother Season 7If the How I Met Your Mother legacy continues, it won’t be at CBS. Spinoff pilot How I Met Your Dad had been in no-man’s land since last Friday, when the network made its new series pickups and it was not among them. CBS left HIMYD alive while passing on all of its other not-ordered pilots except Gaffigan, which was tabled until after the upfronts. However, there had been little back-and-forth between CBS and studio 20th Century Fox TV over the past few days. There was an offer from the network to re-pilot the project, something cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101CBS has previously done successfully with The Big Bang Theory and, most recently, with newly picked up comedy The McCarthys. But I hear that came with no commitment to go to series, which HIMYD producer 20th Century Fox TV was unwilling to do, given the project’s pedigree and auspices, HIMYM creators Craig Thomas & Carter Bays and Emily Spivey. I hear 20th TV was willing to take a series order with the commitment to retool the pilot, something CBS is currently doing with The Odd Couple, which it owns. That pilot, picked up for midseason, is being reworked, including recasting two parts.

CBS’ option on HIMYD expires today, so, unless a miracle happens, the project is dead at CBS. 20th TV, which has been very bullish on the pilot, plans to shop it to other networks, and I hear it already has received interest. I hear the studio is looking to make a decision over the next week, with executives confident that HIMYD would go to series somewhere. (Places considered potential destinations for Dad include sibling Fox, NBC and Netflix.) Read More »

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No New Series Orders At CBS Yet

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 3:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522The rumor mill went into overdrive this afternoon about a series pickup for How I Met Your Dad at CBS. I can report that the rumors for orders to How I Met Your Dad, The McCarthy or any other CBS pilots are untrue. CBS has not made any pickups yet and none are imminent today. I hear there were inquiry calls from CBS about directors on both HIMYD and The McCarthys today, which may have triggered the speculation. The network traditionally starts picking up new series over the weekend before the upfronts, with rare Friday green lights. One thing we know about CBS, it always sticks with tradition…

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Meg Ryan To Voice The Mother In CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Dad’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Meg Ryan How I Met Your DadMeet the future Mother. I have learned that Meg Ryan has been quietly tapped as the narrator in CBSHow I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. In the way that Bob Saget supplied the voice of future Ted (Josh Radnor) in HIMYM, Ryan will voice future Sally (played by Greta Gerwig) in the spinoff, telling her kids the story of how she’d met gerwigtheir dad. Like Saget, Ryan will never be seen on the show. CBS and How I Met Your Dad producer 20th Century Fox TV declined comment. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York, played by Gerwig, Drew Tarver, Nick D’Agosto, Andrew Santino and Tiya Sircar. The spinoff pilot has been garnering strong early buzz and is considered a leading candidate for a series pickup for next season. Ryan is with ICM Partners.

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Tiya Sircar Lands Vacant Lead Role In CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Dad’ Pilot

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 1:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

circar copyTiya Sircar has been cast as one of the leads in CBS’ How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad, replacing Krysta Rodriguez. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Sircar will play Juliet, Sally’s sexy and flamboyant best friend. The recasting, done after the pilot’s table read, was accompanied by some tweaking of the character, including giving Juliet a new workplace. Sircar, repped by TalentWorks and Elevate Entertainment, was on CBS and 20th TV’s radar as she just wrapped an arc on the network and the studio’s freshman comedy series The Crazy Ones, playing Sarah Michelle Gellar’s assistant and Hamish Linklater’s love interest. She also had a lead role in last summer’s feature comedy The Internship, did arcs on Lifetime’s The Witches Of East End and Amazon’s Betas, plays new character Sabine on LucasFilm/Disney animated series Rebels and is the lead in indie comedy Miss India America.

How I Met Your Dad‘s three male leads opposite Gerwig and Sircar are played by Drew Tarver, Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino. The pilot, from 20th TV, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Rob Greenberg is directing.

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Krysta Rodriguez Exits ‘How I Met Your Dad’

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 10:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rodriguezEXCLUSIVE: CBSHow I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad is making a casting change. Actress-singer Krysta Rodriguez, who was to play one of the leads, is departing the hybrid pilot. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Rodriguez was to play Sally’s best friend Juliet, a sexy, flamboyant force of nature who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country. The character has undergone changes after the table read. How I Met Your Dad‘s three male leads are played by Drew Tarver, Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino. The pilot, from 20th TV, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Rob Greenberg is directing.
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Rob Greenberg To Replace Pam Fryman As Director Of CBS Pilot ‘How I Met Your Dad’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 12:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

greenbergThere is rarely a TV director as closely associated with a series as Pam Fryman has been with CBS‘ How I Met Your Mother. She directed the pilot, contributing to the show’s unique hybrid format, stayed on as an executive producer and helmed a staggering 172 of the series’ 184 episodes, including the upcoming series finale. So it was no surprise that Fryman was tapped as director and executive producer of How I Met Your Mother‘s proposed spinoff, pilot How I Met Your Dad, which employs the same hybrid format as the mothership series. Fryman was on board for the casting process and was at the pilot’s table read, but I’ve learned that a family emergency has pulled her away. Rob Greenberg has stepped in as director on the pilot, which will proceed with taping as scheduled. Greenberg, repped by ICM Partners and Management 360, is a logical choice for the gig — after Fryman, he is the second most-seasoned HIMYM director having directed seven episodes. For Fryman, How I Met Your Dad was one of four pilots that booked her as a director this season.

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 5:41pm PDT

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piers1CNN To Test Michael Smerconish, Jake Tapper, Bill Weir & Don Lemon In Piers Morgan’s Time Slot; Morgan’s Last Day March 28
By Lisa DeMoraesEXCLUSIVE: Piers Morgan’s last day hosting Piers Morgan Live will be March 28, after which CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker is going to try out Michael Smerconish as well as Jake Tapper, Bill Weir, and Don Lemon in the time slot for a few weeks, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Deadline.

R.I.P. Comedian David Brenner, Johnny Carson’s Favorite on ‘Tonight Show’
By The Deadline Team – Comedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78.

Nick D’Agosto & Andrew Santino To Star In CBS’ ‘HIMYM’ Spinoff ‘How I Met Your Dad’
By Nellie AndreevaMasters of Sex‘s Nick D’Agosto and Mixology‘s Andrew Santino have been cast as leads alongside Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver and Krysta Rodriguez in CBS’ comedy pilot How I Met Your Dad, rounding out the How I Met Your Mother spinoff’s primary cast. Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Dodge Finale Questions

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:20pm PDT

Creator and cast of CBS‘s Monday comedy series How I Met Your Mother declined to give up any information about the series finale at the How I Met Your Mother Season 7PaleyFest tonight. Right off the bat moderator Wayne Brady (who played Neil Patrick Harris’ gay brother on the show) asked creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays about the “rumors swirling” that Cristin Milioti’s character, aka The Mother, “is dying. Would you really kill of the mother?” Brady asked.

Thomas and Bays began to tap dance, saying they are “wildly excited” about the finale, that “it’s great” and “we can’t say anthing” about it, with Thomas adding apologetically,  “We have been the worst interview in show business” for the show’s nine seasons, likening himself and Bays to “disgraced politicians” with their evasive answers – especially about the mother, whose identity had been kept secret for eight seasons.

They also dodged a question as to what will be the show’s final slap – slaps being a thing on HIMYM. “It will happen; we won’t forget, ” Thomas promised. In re whether there will be another of the CBS comedy’s trademark musical production numbers before the show ends at the end of this month, Thomas responded, “We won’t confirm or deny. But no.”

Nobody mentioned the spinoff, How I Met Your Dad.

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Nick D’Agosto & Andrew Santino To Star In CBS’ ‘HIMYM’ Spinoff ‘How I Met Your Dad’

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

santinodagostoMasters of Sex‘s Nick D’Agosto and Mixology‘s Andrew Santino have been cast as leads alongside Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver and Krysta Rodriguez in CBS’ comedy pilot How I Met Your Dad, rounding out the How I Met Your Mother spinoff’s primary cast. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. D’Agosto, repped by UTA, Emerald Talent and SMGSB, will play Frank, the head of IT for Juliet’s (Rodriguez) fashion blog who falls for Sally. Santino, repped by CAA and Underground, will play Danny, Sally’s older brother, a perfect but uptight overachieving lawyer. Santino is billed as a guest star in the pilot as his casting is in second position to ABC’s midseason comedy Mixology, which has been soft in its first couple of airings. D’Agosto was a regular on the first season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex and will continue on the racy drama in a recurring capacity. The pilot, from 20th TV, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and will be directed by Pam Fryman.

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Krysta Rodriguez Lands A Lead In CBS’ ‘HIMYM’ Spinoff ‘How I Met Your Dad’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

rodriguezActress-singer Krysta Rodriguez (Smash) has landed one of the leads alongside Greta Gerwig and Drew Tarver in CBS’s How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Rodriguez plays Sally’s best friend Juliet, a sexy, flamboyant force of nature who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country. The pilot, from 20th TV, was written by Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and will be directed by Pam Fryman. Rodriguez is repped by Paradigm and Authentic.

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Pilot Locations 2014: New York Production Rises, Los Angeles Plummets,Texas Hot

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 4:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

FilmLightingEquipmentLowerBroadwayNYC060709While California Gov. Jerry Brown is still “not committed” to expanding the state’s film and TV tax credit, Los Angeles is seeing another drop in broadcast pilot production to what appears to be an all-time low. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been doing photo ops with Disney and Marvel execs to celebrate their commitment to film some 60 episodes of Marvel’s four Netflix series and a miniseries in the Big Apple. And now New York, which also lured The Tonight Show franchise away from Los Angeles, has more reasons to celebrate after another very strong pilot performance, returning this year to the top as the most popular drama location and reinforcing its strong position in comedy.

Marvel New YorkA record 15 broadcast pilots will be filming in New York this year, including 10 — almost a third — of the 34 drama pilot/direct-to-series projects filming within the regular cycle that have set their locations (two remain TBD). That is up from 13 total and eight dramas last year and just shy of the city’s all-time drama record of 11 in 2012. (Keep in mind that the number of NY-based was zero just four years ago, before the state implemented its aggressive tax break program.) New York is chipping away at Los Angeles’ comedy dominance. LA used to own the comedy space, with virtually every pilot filming here. Just two years ago, it housed 100% of the broadcast comedy pilots. The percentage dropped to 89% last year and is at 85% (39 out of 46) this season. New York made a big move in the arena in 2013 after seven years of no major broadcast comedy pilot presence there. A whopping five broadcast half-hour pilots were filmed in the city last year, including straight-to-series The Michael J. Fox Show. Proving that that wasn’t a fluke, New York matched its comedy haul this year with another five pilots, including NBC’s straight-to-series Tooken. Like last year, all five are single-camera. What’s more, a hybrid comedy, How I Met Your Dad, which is filming the pilot in Los Angeles, will move to New York if it goes to pilot. In most cases, the NY location is talent-driven (Irreversible star David Schwimmer, Dead Boss‘ Jane Krakowski, How I Met Your Dad star Greta Gerwig, Lowell and Gaffigan are all based in NY). But studios wouldn’t have been as open to setting shop in New York had the tax incentives not been strong enough to rein in production costs on comedies, especially the expensive single-camera format, which are still higher than a Los Angeles-based half-hour pilot but not by much. One drawback of comedy series filming in New York has been the shortage of writing talent as broadcast shows have to compete with such cable comedies as Louie and Girls, but with New York-based comedy production appearing to be here to stay, more writing talent may relocate there to support them.

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Drew Tarver Lands A Lead In ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 7:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

tarverEXCLUSIVE: From obscurity to a lead of one of the hottest pilots — that has been the trajectory for young actor Drew Tarver over the past month. Exactly a month ago, the Upright Citizens Brigade member performed at CBS‘ 9th annual Diversity Showcase as a LGBT participant. The network signed him in a talent holding deal, and he has now been cast as one of the leads of How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. In the vein of the original series, HIMYD tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Tarver will play Todd, Sally’s best friend and roommate from college who is now married to her brother.

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Tarver, repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment, has trained at UCB, the Groundlings, Westside Comedy Theatre and Acme Theater in New York. He has guest starred on Animal Practice and Newsreaders and has created and starred in several Funny or Die videos, including the web series Get Up. To date, 309 actors have appeared in the CBS Diversity Talent Showcases, leading to 1,813 auditions and 494 roles booked. Last year’s participants included John Milhiser, who signed a talent holding deal with CBS before landing a spot on SNL.

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Greta Gerwig To Topline CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

gerwigIndie darling Greta Gerwig will lead the cast of How I Met Your Dad, CBS’ spinoff from long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother. With Gerwig on board, the project, which had a pilot production commitment, has been given a formal pilot greenlight. 20th Century Fox TV, which is behind the original series, is producing. In addition to starring, Gerwig — who has co-written several features — will serve as a producer on HIMYD and is expected to write. Her deal comes after a lengthy courtship, with the excitement among TV casting executives about the prospect of her doing a series comparable to that when another indie princess, Zooey Deschanel, agreed to do a pilot three years ago with New Girl (also at 20th TV). Getting Gerwig to do HIMYD was considered so important that the studio is willing to move production of the series to New York for her after the pilot, which will be shot in Los Angeles. Written/exec produced by Emily Spivey and How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, How I Met Your Dad is described as kindred spirit of HIMYM, telling the story from a female point of view. That will come from Sally (Gerwig), a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life. After breaking up with her husband of less than a year, Sally finds a solid circle of support in her friends and family. HIMYM‘s Pam Fryman is directing.

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff Officially A Go At CBS With Pilot Order

Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother Spinoff CBS 2014Prepare to say goodbye to How I Met Your Mother and hello to How I Met Your Dad. After a pretty brief, two-week negotiation that underlined the HIMYM franchise’s importance to CBS, the network has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV for a pilot order to a spinoff project, which takes a female spin on the original show. How I Met Your Dad, which was pitched on October 30, hails from HIMYM creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and Up All Night creator/exec producer Emily Spivey. Described as a kindred spirit of How I Met Your Mother telling the story from a female point of view, Dad tells a brand-new story with new characters and a new voice at its center. Linking the new group of New York friends and the HIMYM gang will be Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily and Robin’s favorite hangout, MacLaren’s Pub, which also will be featured on the new show, written and executive produced by Spivey, Bays and Thomas. It is unclear if the characters from the spinoff would be introduced in the HIMYM finale as originally envisioned.

CBS certainly could use more HIMYM — the veteran comedy is the key piece holding together … Read More »

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