TV: Meg Ryan to be the Bob Saget of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spinoff

By Meryl Gottlieb | | @buzzlightmeryl

meg ryanThere hasn’t been much big news about the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, How I Met Your Dad, except for the casting of its star Greta Gerwig. Other than that, there’s only been the disappointing news that Krysta Rodriguez wouldn’t actually play the bff.

But now there’s something to talk about. Meg Ryan has landed the role of “future Sally,” aka the unseen narrator. Essentially, she’ll be the Bob Saget of HIMYD.

I’m still very much on the fence about how I feel about the spinoff. Do we really need another HIMYM that isn’t actually HIMYM? It will be great to mix in Gerwig’s female voice with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’ already known style, but will it work when you are playing to the stereotypical woman searching for love instead of the unusual male lead who is desperately searching for his one true love? Can you really take the same structure and dynamic of an already loved show and make it fresh by simply putting in new faces and storylines?

Regardless, I am very excited Ryan is joining the show. If you’ve seen Anastasia — and if you haven’t, you’re doing something wrong — then you know she has a great voice for narration. Maybe they can even get Liz Callaway to come in and sing for her again. Ba Dum Cha.

However, How I Met Your Dad has yet to receive its series order, but CBS is announcing its pickups at its Upfront presentation in May and HIMYD is a likely pick for the fall lineup.

What are your thoughts on the HIMYM spinoff? What would you like to see? How much do you love Anastasia? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl


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