Explaining why the comedy, which was to star indie darling Greta Gerwig (pictured) and be narrated by rom-com poster girl Meg Ryan, failed to land on CBS’ 2014-15 TV slate, network chairman Nina Tassler told reporters on Wednesday, “To say we love this show and we love these producers is an understatement. They are beloved, and we have an extraordinary relationship with them. But there were elements in the pilot that didn’t work out.”
CBS of course reached out to production house 20th Century Fox TV for “a conversation about redoing the pilot,” Tassler said, “but that’s not happening right now…. It wasn’t what they wanted to do.” (Per our sister site Deadline, 20th wanted, but failed to secure, a guarantee that if they did reshoot the pilot, CBS would grant a series pick-up.)
Tassler noted that CBS has “an extraordinary track record redoing pilots,” citing the famous example of The Big Bang Theory, as well as Numb3rs and the upcoming The McCarthys as success stories. In having to let go of HIMYD, she said, “I’m heartsick. We loved this brand, it is a very important show and we love the producers, but it didn’t work out.”
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Tassler said the HIMYD team “certainly can” shop the sitcom around to other outlets, once CBS’ option expires today — and Deadline reports there already is interest.