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CBS Working on Spinoff for Veteran Comedy Series Deadline

A long-running CBS sitcom is winding down, but the network apparently wants to keep the franchise going in the form of a spinoff. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the network has started the ball rolling on a follow-up to "How I Met Your Mother."

"I’ve learned that the network is in talks with 'HIMYM' producer 20th Century Fox TV for a spinoff series, which takes a female spin on the original show," Andreeva writes. "Referred to as 'How I Met Your Father,' the spinoff is from 'HIMYM' creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and 'Up All Night' creator/exec producer Emily Spivey."

The original series is currently in its ninth and final season. The spinoff would focus on a new group of friends, with a woman seeking her future husband.

Andreeva adds: "I hear the new characters could be introduced in the 'HIMYM' series finale, and Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily and Robin’s favorite hangout, MacLaren’s Pub, may be featured on the new show, serving as a link between the two gangs."

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