MANILA, Philippines – If you’re sad that long-running How I Met Your Mother is about to end, this should cheer you right up, or make you howl with fan rage.
TVLine is reporting casting news about the show’s spin-off (reported last November) about a different group of friends. The show, called How I Met Your Dad, will center around a new group of friends completely unrelated to the current beloved group of 5: Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).
Spoiler alert: read no further if you want to be surprised about the the new series!
According to Ausiello’s casting news, the female protagonist is reported to be called “Sally,” a married woman who’s considering breaking up with her husband Gavin. There’s also her best friend Julie, Sally’s older brother Danny, Danny’s partner, Sally’s college friend Todd, and Frank, who works with Julie. Whew!
Sally’s marriage will presumably end sometime during the show, paving the way for the ‘Dad’ character to appear – or does Sally already know him? Could the Frank character be for Sally what Robin was to Ted? The new show is likely to draw in the current show’s sizeable fan base, especially in anticipation of casting and production news.
The news also appears to describe the show’s format, which looks to be similar to the current How I Met Your Mother, with an older version of Sally describing to her kids how she met their father.
The most recent episode of How I Met Your Mother marked the show’s 200th episode, and the 16th of the final season, with only 8 more episodes to go until the series finale.
Fans won’t be the only ones to feel emotional about the show’s end. In a recent interview on The Talk, Alyson Hannigan teared up as she was talking about missing the camaraderie with the cast, particularly with on-screen husband Jason Segel. “He’s such a wonderful guy,” she began, before joking, “I’m not gonna miss him!”
“Aly taught me a lot of…how to be a man, I got to say,” said Segel on the talk show. “I was 25 when I took the show. I think we’ve all been through a lot, personally, and um, Aly and I have a lot of scenes together and spend a lot of time together, and she’s always been there to listen to me, and to give me advice, and saw me through hard times and good times.”
Watch a clip from the cast’s The Talk interview here:
Though characters of new spin-off shows are often introduced sometime in the original show, HIMYM co-creator Craig Thomas has confirmed via Twitter that the new characters will not be introduced in Season 9.
Corrections to the story: We will not be introducing the new characters on #HIMYM; this will be its own, totally new show…— Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) November 16, 2013