Moving on after hit comedy

BEST RATINGS: How I Met Your Mother, which scored its best rating in the show's nine-season history, ended its run on Monday.


    Apr 03, 2014

    Moving on after hit comedy


    HIT comedy How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) exited to what amounted to a standing ovation on Monday night - from US viewers, if not critics - scoring its best rating in the show's nine-season history.

    The series had 12.9 million viewers and posted its best rating among those aged between 18 and 49.

    For fans who miss the series, the creators of HIMYM, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and Emily Spivey, the creator of the series Up All Night, are developing a new comedy for next season.

    The new show's title has a familiar ring: How I Met Your Dad.

    Still, it is not really a spin-off: None of the characters return, and the setting and time frame will be different.

    Most of the original cast are taking a break from television to focus on film projects, and the success of HIMYM has opened plenty of doors in Hollywood for them, AFP Relaxnews reported.

    Here is an update on their plans:


    Harris, who played Barney Stinson, will be seen in two features this year.

    The star will appear in Seth MacFarlane's comedy, A Million Ways To Die In The West. The comedy is slated for release on June 12 in Singapore. In October, he appears in David Fincher's Gone Girl.


    Segel, who played Marshall Eriksen, is already a familiar face on the silver screen. The actor has appeared on the big screen in Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets and This Is 40, among other comedies.

    Segel will return to theatres alongside Cameron Diaz and Jack Black in Sex Tape.


    The only one of the show's stars to remain on TV is Hannigan, who played Lily Aldrin. Known for playing Willow in TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Michelle in the American Pie movie franchise, the actress could return once again to CBS in a potential series.

    The 40-year-old actress co-stars with Tom Papa in More Time With Family, a comedy pilot produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.


    Outside of her role as Robin Scherbatsky, Smulders played S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in The Avengers in 2012, and she reprises the role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    Smulders is expected to play the character once again in April next year in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

    In another superhero role, she voiced Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie.


    Radnor, the man behind Ted Mosby, has not announced specific projects for the time being, although he is expected to return to the independent film scene as a director.