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May 14, 2014

CBS passes on pilot starring Sacramento native

CBS apparently has not picked up the pilot for “How I Met Your Dad,” a spinoff from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and starring Sacramento native Greta Gerwig.

CBS apparently has not picked up the pilot for “How I Met Your Dad,” a spinoff from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and starring Sacramento native Greta Gerwig.

The Los Angeles Times and several other news outlets reported Wednesday that CBS had confirmed at the New York “up-fronts” — at which networks reveal fall schedules — that the show was not on theirs. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters the network had discussed a re-do of the pilot, but it did not happen.

“How I Met Your Dad” was to tell a backward story in the manner of “Mother,” the nine-year-old CBS show that aired its series finale in March.

The announcement earlier this year that Gerwig would move into sitcom television became the source of some head-scratching. The St. Francis High School graduate known for her work in micro-indie “mumblecore” films did not seem the natural choice for a “Mother” spinoff.

But Gerwig, 30, has acted in big-budget studio films and increased her profile considerably last year with the critically acclaimed indie “Frances Ha.” Her performance as a flailing but lovable apprentice dancer in “Ha,” which she co-wrote, received a Golden Globe nomination for best musical/comedy actress.

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