There 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.
As Pamela Fryman is preparing to direct the series finale of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother on February 26, she has lined up four pilots to helm/executive produce, a personal best for the prolific multi-camera director. That of course includes the HIMYM spinoff How I Met Your Dad starring Greta Gerwig. Fryman also helmed the HIMYM pilot and has been with the series as exec producer/director for its entire nine-season run. ICM Partners-repped Fryman also is directing Fox’s Cabot College, from 30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Additionally, she has come on board two other CBS multi-camera pilots, the Filgos’ Save The Date, starring Maggie Lawson as a woman who books a wedding date before meeting a guy she would like to marry, and David Caspe/Erik Sommers’ buddy comedy Cuz-Bros.
EXCLUSIVE: A multi-camera comedy from 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock already had a series commitment from Fox where it landed in August in a bidding war. Now the project has received a formal pilot green light, with Pam Fryman set to direct and executive produce. It is one of two high-profile comedy pilots for next fall Fryman is already slated to direct and exec produce, along with the How I Met Your Mother proposed spinoff, How I Met Your Dad. Fryman directed the pilot for the mothership CBS series and has served as director and executive producer for its entire nine-season run.
The Hubbard/Fey project is set at a women’s college that, for the first time in its history, begins accepting men. It hails from Universal Television where Hubbard, Fey and Carlock are under overall deals, and Fey’s Little Stranger. Hubbard wrote the script and is executive producing with Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts’ David Miner. This marks the second greenlight for Little Stranger in its first development season under a four-year deal Fey inked with Uni TV last fall. The company has a straight-to-series 13-episode order at NBC for a comedy penned by Fey and Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper. It also has a script by Colleen McGuinness in contention at NBC. Uni TV has two comedy series on …