‘How I Met Your Mother’ spin-off in the works

US comedy hit finished its final season in 2014

A How I Met Your Mother spin-off is currently under development in the US.

This Is Us co-executive producers/writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are behind the latest effort at continuing the franchise, which is titled How I Met Your Father. The ensemble will not feature any characters from the original series.

How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will serve as executive producers on the potential comedy alongside Aptaker and Berger, but their day-to-day involvement is still to be confirmed, reports Deadline.

In 2014, when the show ended after nine seasons, a spin-off called How I Met Your Dad was immediately ordered by CBS.

The pilot, starring Greta Gerwig, was filmed but got cancelled following a disagreement between CBS and 20th TV studios.

 

In that same year show bosses were forced to apologise over allegations of racism in the hit US comedy.

The series came under fire for the episode which aired earlier in January of that year entitled Stateside. Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra which saw the cast decamping to China, where regular show stars Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan played kung-fu film stars, using ‘yellowface’ to do so.

The episode was slammed by viewers, who started using the hashtag “#HowIMetYourRacism” on Twitter. Meanwhile, the 18 Million Rising organisation wrote: “The thing… about this: a whole lot of people had to not just say ‘okay’, but agree this was a good idea.”

Show writer Carter Bays then tweeted an apology, writing: “With Monday’s episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we’ve always loved. But along the way we offended people. We’re deeply sorry, and we’re grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it.”

Bays went on to say: “We try to make a show that’s universal, that anyone can watch and enjoy. We fell short of that this week, and feel terrible about it. To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks.”