March 05, 2014 7:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff Enlists 'Smash' Alum
CBS' How I Met Your Mother spinoff has enlisted some Broadway muscle.
Broadway and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez has booked a co-starring role on How I Met Your Dad, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
In the spirit of How I Met Your Mother, the spinoff tells the story from a female point of view. It's described as a brand-new story with new characters and a new voice at its center.
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Frances Ha's Greta Gerwig stars as Sally, a female Peter Pan who's never grown up and has no idea where she's going in life. She has just figured out that she has nothing in common with her husband of less than a year. A breakup is inevitable, but Sally will find a solid circle of support in her friends and family, who often are too willing to give "good" advice that can backfire badly. Meanwhile, Sally must filter out the input and decide what's best for her.
Rodriguez will play Juliet, Sally's best friend. The character is described as a sexy and flamboyant party girl force of nature, who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country and who is secretly delighted when her best friend breaks up with her "boring" husband. She joins a cast that includes Drew Tarver as Todd, the husband of Sally's older brother and her best friend from college.
The actress, who boarded NBC's musical drama Smash as a regular in its second season, is a Broadway alum -- she served as an understudy in productions of Spring Awakening, In the Heights and A Chorus Line. Her small-screen credits include The CW's Gossip Girl as well as the 2011 comedy pilot Iceland. She's repped by Paradigm and Authentic Talent.
Emily Spivey, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will pen the script and executive produce alongside regular How I Met Your Mother director Pam Fryman. The 20th Century Fox Television comedy hybrid pilot will film in Los Angeles but move to New York when and if it is picked up to series.