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2014-05-15 10:35:42 AM  
Introduce a character in the final season, only giving her a handful of lines and no real depth beyond "isn't she just adorkable?!", and then you're surprised that people have no interest in watching her delightfully whimsical-yet-poignant antics as she pursues her mission to fix all of the soulful brooding male heroes she encounters in the spin-off?
 
2014-05-15 12:11:25 PM  
spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.
 
2014-05-15 12:21:48 PM  
Considering the last two seasons of the original show should have been titled "How We Ran Out Of Ideas" and "How Not To End A Series" it's not hard to see why every network passed.
 
2014-05-15 12:45:13 PM  
Huh, so it's as dead as the mother.
 
2014-05-15 03:14:51 PM  
The show was always about the characters, and the writers unique approach to telling a story.  Not about the story itself.  Once they ran out of funny diversions from the main storyline (like mentioned above), and had to focus exclusively on the story line to wrap things up, it sucked.

So what if they have some vague idea for another story line.  Unless you have a great cast and plenty of good ideas for diversions, the show will suck.
 
2014-05-15 03:16:44 PM  
The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.
 
2014-05-15 03:20:15 PM  

carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.


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Cousin Ira really needs the work.
 
2014-05-15 03:20:16 PM  
"...CBS topper Nina Tassler  ..."

This is a thing?  Is a topper like a spinner?
 
2014-05-15 03:20:46 PM  

carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.


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2014-05-15 03:24:45 PM  
Christ was that show boring. Sure we have to like it because Allison Hannigan is hot and Neil Patrick Harris is gay but really it was a lame farking show.
 
2014-05-15 03:26:36 PM  

Crudbucket: carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.

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Cousin Ira really needs the work.


Aww, and here I was thinking I was the only one who made outdated Mad About You references.
 
2014-05-15 03:30:32 PM  

Theaetetus: Introduce a character in the final season, only giving her a handful of lines and no real depth beyond "isn't she just adorkable?!", and then you're surprised that people have no interest in watching her delightfully whimsical-yet-poignant antics as she pursues her mission to fix all of the soulful brooding male heroes she encounters in the spin-off?


Not to mention all her "problems" can be solved with just fifteen minutes spent with a penis. It's like these shows have no basis in reality anymore.
 
2014-05-15 03:30:43 PM  

scottydoesntknow: carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.

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I've always wondered, couldn't he have just said "Your cousin's former roommate?" "Brother's former roommate" could also work.

/I know...not as funny that way
 
2014-05-15 03:33:34 PM  
Thank god the porn spin off is still going strong though.
 
2014-05-15 03:40:03 PM  

scottydoesntknow: carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.

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So...what does that make us?
 
2014-05-15 03:40:31 PM  

Burr: scottydoesntknow: carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.

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So...what does that make us?


Cancelled.
 
2014-05-15 03:44:35 PM  

Crudbucket: carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.

[img.fark.net image 196x257]

Cousin Ira really needs the work.


Still can't believe that's the same guy from To Live And Die In L.A.
 
2014-05-15 03:46:18 PM  
What I don't get is they made this decision off a single episode, and they didn't like that one episode, wanted a redo, including firing a couple of actors, and when the creators said no, they cancelled the whole show. On one farking pilot. You're spending millions of dollars buying scripts, casting, sets, signing deals w/ a production company, and you're going to flush that cash down the toilet b/c the first episode wasn't very good?
 
2014-05-15 03:58:06 PM  

Trocadero: you're going to flush that cash down the toilet b/c the first episode wasn't very good?


Especially when most of the viewing public acknowledges that the first episode won't be very good in general - A pilot sets up the storyline and more importantly gets the project funded. They're never at their stride - Episode 2 of most shows is a far better meter..
 
2014-05-15 03:58:10 PM  

Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.


That's how spinoffs work.

See The Jeffersons for an example.
 
2014-05-15 03:58:52 PM  

Trocadero: What I don't get is they made this decision off a single episode, and they didn't like that one episode, wanted a redo, including firing a couple of actors, and when the creators said no, they cancelled the whole show. On one farking pilot. You're spending millions of dollars buying scripts, casting, sets, signing deals w/ a production company, and you're going to flush that cash down the toilet b/c the first episode wasn't very good?


Sometimes network execs and show runners come to their senses. Better it end before it begins so we aren't subjected to it's banality.
 
2014-05-15 03:58:57 PM  
Its CBS, they cancel shows that would be #1 on other networks. Must not have sold enough to the geriatric community.
 
2014-05-15 04:01:40 PM  

mcreadyblue: Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.

That's how spinoffs work.

See The Jeffersons for an example.


Other than The Jeffersons were characters that were actually on AITF, so, it was a conventional "spin-off".... other than that, what a point you made!
 
2014-05-15 04:02:21 PM  
CBS still gives us Under the Dome! In this season, we discover Junior secretly laid the mystery egg and the dome starts singing Bob Dylan songs.
 
2014-05-15 04:03:47 PM  
Did anyone notice this?

CBS only ordered two new comedies for the 2014-15 season -  The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry and The McCarthys with Laurie Metcalf.

A. This is the 2nd TV remake of this show (third if you count the animated version). Hollywood has truly run out of ideas.
B. Why does Matthew Perry keep getting hired to star in TV shows? Studio 60. Mr. Sunshine. Go On. None of them got renewed. He's a supporting player at best - he's not enough to carry a show, and Friends ended a decade ago, so the name recognition isn't a factor any more either. It's like he's the Dabney Coleman of the 2010s
 
2014-05-15 04:04:36 PM  

Trocadero: What I don't get is they made this decision off a single episode, and they didn't like that one episode, wanted a redo, including firing a couple of actors, and when the creators said no, they cancelled the whole show. On one farking pilot. You're spending millions of dollars buying scripts, casting, sets, signing deals w/ a production company, and you're going to flush that cash down the toilet b/c the first episode wasn't very good?


I think you might be overvaluing the pilot of "How I Met Your Father" slightly, but basically, yes.
 
2014-05-15 04:07:47 PM  

puckrock2000: Did anyone notice this?

CBS only ordered two new comedies for the 2014-15 season -  The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry and The McCarthys with Laurie Metcalf.

A. This is the 2nd TV remake of this show (third if you count the animated version). Hollywood has truly run out of ideas.
B. Why does Matthew Perry keep getting hired to star in TV shows? Studio 60. Mr. Sunshine. Go On. None of them got renewed. He's a supporting player at best - he's not enough to carry a show, and Friends ended a decade ago, so the name recognition isn't a factor any more either. It's like he's the Dabney Coleman of the 2010s


He has to fail at a bunch of things so all the sheen is rubbed off his iconic Friends role. Then, and only then will he have a chance at being a part of another successful show. See Julia Louise-Dreyfus.
 
2014-05-15 04:09:26 PM  

Mugato: Christ was that show boring. Sure we have to like it because Allison Hannigan is hot and Neil Patrick Harris is gay but really it was a lame farking show.


As someone that watched almost the whole thing (mostly via Netflix)...I agree.

It had some good bits. But they were few and far between. It was one of those shows that *feels* like it's better/funnier than it really is.
 
2014-05-15 04:09:46 PM  

mcreadyblue: Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.

That's how spinoffs work.

See The Jeffersons for an example.


did you even watch all in the family?
 
2014-05-15 04:11:27 PM  
I liked Mr Sunshine, stupid ABC canceling it.

Just like Fox canceled Surviving Jack, the bastards.
 
2014-05-15 04:13:19 PM  
Drunken Barn Dance, I was with the Denver Broncos
 
2014-05-15 04:16:54 PM  

Cymbal: puckrock2000: Did anyone notice this?

CBS only ordered two new comedies for the 2014-15 season -  The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry and The McCarthys with Laurie Metcalf.

A. This is the 2nd TV remake of this show (third if you count the animated version). Hollywood has truly run out of ideas.
B. Why does Matthew Perry keep getting hired to star in TV shows? Studio 60. Mr. Sunshine. Go On. None of them got renewed. He's a supporting player at best - he's not enough to carry a show, and Friends ended a decade ago, so the name recognition isn't a factor any more either. It's like he's the Dabney Coleman of the 2010s

He has to fail at a bunch of things so all the sheen is rubbed off his iconic Friends role. Then, and only then will he have a chance at being a part of another successful show. See Julia Louise-Dreyfus.


JLD had one "failed" show ("Watching Ellie")... then went on to have an arc on A.D., and then had "The New Adventures of Old Christine", which was on the air for 5 seasons (and I think she got Best Actress emmy's in there a few times as well), and now Veep in it's 3rd season and critically acclaimed.

Not exactly a "string" of failed shows like Matthew Perry.   I think "Old Christine" falls in the same category thought as "Rules of Engagement" or "According to Jim", which all went on about 2-4 seasons more than most people realize they did... so, probably some think of that as a "failure", when it was really quite a success for her.
 
2014-05-15 04:21:50 PM  
Here's an idea - howabout not making it about young white people New Yorkers? You know, there are hundreds of other places exist that are at least as interesting, and very few of the non-Mosby plots required them to be them to be in New York. And it is well acknowledged that Mosby is a total douche.

/Yes, I know that there was a black woman in the cast of the pilot. The point stands.
 
2014-05-15 04:24:44 PM  

luidprand: Here's an idea - howabout not making it about young white people New Yorkers? You know, there are hundreds of other places exist that are at least as interesting, and very few of the non-Mosby plots required them to be them to be in New York. And it is well acknowledged that Mosby is a total douche.

/Yes, I know that there was a black woman in the cast of the pilot. The point stands.


Oh God, was it a sassy best friend? I thought the NAACP told everyone the Sassy Best Friend was flat out racist.
 
2014-05-15 04:27:58 PM  
CBS should air a comedy about those twins in the discover card commercial or the puppet farker from the direct tv commercial. It would be so avant garde.
 
2014-05-15 04:28:31 PM  

Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.


HIMYM:HIMYF::That 70's Show:That 80's Show
 
2014-05-15 04:34:50 PM  

Mugato: Christ was that show boring. Sure we have to like it because Allison Hannigan is hot and Neil Patrick Harris is gay but really it was a lame farking show.


Allison is starting to get a bit jowly. They had to wrap up the show before they went full Nixon and got audible on the set.
 
2014-05-15 04:41:31 PM  
As a bastard child, I agree.
 
2014-05-15 04:47:28 PM  
Your slut of a mom met the sperm donor at the bar.  Now shut up and earn mommy her welfare check
 
2014-05-15 04:47:57 PM  

Gone to Plaid: scottydoesntknow: carrion_luggage: The creators of "How I Met Your Cousin Ira's Orthodontist" seen nervously huddling with their agent.

[l.wigflip.com image 644x957]

I've always wondered, couldn't he have just said "Your cousin's former roommate?" "Brother's former roommate" could also work.

/I know...not as funny that way


You may also be your own father's brother's nephew's cousin.
 
2014-05-15 04:52:21 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Your slut of a mom met the sperm donor at the bar.  Now shut up and earn mommy her welfare check


There are all kinds of disturbing in this post.

Dad?
 
2014-05-15 05:00:05 PM  

Theaetetus: Introduce a character in the final season, only giving her a handful of lines and no real depth beyond "isn't she just adorkable?!", and then you're surprised that people have no interest in watching her delightfully whimsical-yet-poignant antics as she pursues her mission to fix all of the soulful brooding male heroes she encounters in the spin-off?


Surprisingly enough I believe the new show was an entirely new cast and no characters in common with HIMYM, just the writers/producers, concept and name.
 
2014-05-15 05:01:43 PM  

Dust: mcreadyblue: Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.

That's how spinoffs work.

See The Jeffersons for an example.

did you even watch all in the family?


George didn't own any dry cleaners in Queens.
 
2014-05-15 05:14:03 PM  
so... never watched the show....and I can't be assed enough to wiki it but...

from random descriptions, I imagine it to be about a bunch of siblings hanging out at a bar for a bit of an impromptu wake after the official wake and trading stories about the dead relitive they just buried..

if not... that could be a hell of a show
 
2014-05-15 05:29:49 PM  

Theaetetus: Introduce a character in the final season, only giving her a handful of lines and no real depth beyond "isn't she just adorkable?!", and then you're surprised that people have no interest in watching her delightfully whimsical-yet-poignant antics as she pursues her mission to fix all of the soulful brooding male heroes she encounters in the spin-off?


I actually thought it was the opposite.  They did such a good job of introducing Tracy and making her likable and showing why Ted fell for her (especially given her limited appearances) that it made the ending worse than if we'd never actually met her at all.
 
2014-05-15 05:36:23 PM  
Good. After that crappy finale I can't even stand to see reruns of that show anymore.
 
2014-05-15 05:41:01 PM  

mcreadyblue: Dust: mcreadyblue: Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.

That's how spinoffs work.

See The Jeffersons for an example.

did you even watch all in the family?

George didn't own any dry cleaners in Queens.


Just so we're clear here...are you seriously trying to argue that the George Jefferson played by Sherman Hemsley on All in the Family is a different character from the George Jefferson played by Sherman Hemsley on the Jeffersons?

Disregarding how insane that is for a moment, what would that even have to do with the fact that How I Met Your Father's main character was going to be an entirely different character than the Mother, played by an entirely different person than Cristin Milioti?
 
2014-05-15 05:44:24 PM  
Too bad, the "Naked Woman" episode would have been gold. Works 3 out of 3 times.
 
2014-05-15 05:44:55 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.

HIMYM:HIMYF::That 70's Show:That 80's Show


That is a much better comparison.... and probably a pretty good predication of how it would have turned out as well.
 
2014-05-15 06:08:22 PM  

Dust: mcreadyblue: Dust: mcreadyblue: Dust: spoiler alert (or not, i suppose):  it wasn't going to star the mother from HIMYM, or be about the mother character from HIMYM, or be in any way parallel to HIMYM.  It was just going to be a second universe of characters.

Not even really a spin-off, in the usual sense of the term.  Just the same producers doing the same type of show over again.

That's how spinoffs work.

See The Jeffersons for an example.

did you even watch all in the family?

George didn't own any dry cleaners in Queens.

Just so we're clear here...are you seriously trying to argue that the George Jefferson played by Sherman Hemsley on All in the Family is a different character from the George Jefferson played by Sherman Hemsley on the Jeffersons?

Disregarding how insane that is for a moment, what would that even have to do with the fact that How I Met Your Father's main character was going to be an entirely different character than the Mother, played by an entirely different person than Cristin Milioti?


George's brother Henry appeared in the early episodes of AITF.

Sherman Hemsly's character, George, wasn't introduced until much later, when the Lear was looking to produce another show.

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