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The Whimsiquirkilicious Choice to Play the Lead in 'How I Met Your Dad' Is Amazingly Perfect or The Worst Idea Ever

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 12, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 12, 2014 |

There’s really no in-between here. Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is both an inspired choice, and an insane one. She’s amazing, although I don’t know if the kind of characters she tends to play could sustain themselves over the course of four or five seasons (or more). I think she’s terrific, but there’s a certain segment of the population who will see something like this:

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And respond with something like this:


Me? I’m feeling this way about the choice:


But I can understand why Gerwig might drive some of you to this:


There will almost certainly be a level of quirk that some are not comfortable with, though hopefully — like New GirlUp All Night’s Emily Spivey (who is running the show) will surround Gerwig with enough great characters to minimize the whimsy. Gerwig is kind of like the best qualities of Zooey Deschanel and Lena Dunham combined, without any of the more annoying qualities, unless you find statements like this too cute:


Gerwig will also help to produce How I Met Your Dad, as well as pitch in on writing episodes (she wrote Frances Ha), and maybe her partner, Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) can bring in his old writing partner, Wes Anderson, and create the most whimsiquirkilicious episode in television history.

My prediction: Critics will fawn all over it, and it will be cancelled by mid-season. I just don’t see a Gerwig-lead sitcom (laugh track?) surviving on the same network that boasts Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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