How I Met Your Mother
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Despite having a highly-successful nine-year sitcom behind it, as well as a cast and a pilot, US television network CBS has passed on How I Met Your Dad, the How I Met Your Mother spin-off.

How I Met Your Mother ended earlier this year and creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays quickly moved on to a new show, which was set to star Greta Gertwig and Meg Ryan as its narrator.

CBS chief Nina Tassler told reporters that the network didn't think "certain creative elements" of the show's unaired pilot worked out. Which is the polite way of saying they didn't like what they saw.

Following the news it has been reported by Vulture that Thomas and Bays aren't interested in making a new pilot – which most likely kills the spin-off entirely.

That said, a deal could still be made. Tassler didn't "close the door completely" according to Vulture, who also reported that 20th Century Fox may be interested as well.

How I Met Your Mother ended after nine years in April with a controversial finale that divided fans.