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'How I Met Your Dad': Could this work? Challenge accepted

I spent a significant portion of my evening shower on Friday thinking about this How I Met Your Mother spin-off business. (You didn’t really need to know that, but in the spirit of open idea exchange, I was compelled to put my thoughts into proper context.)

I know the idea for How I Met Your Dad, the series that on Friday was ordered to pilot by CBS, has been met with a chorus of negativity. But as a person who hates being wrong about things — especially related to television — I try to wait a beat before joining a mob of naysayers. (Or any mob, for that matter.)

I shared with a friend my intentions to approach the idea with optimism but was promptly asked a loaded question: “Do you really think this could this work?” The question stayed with me all day until I arrived at this: There’s no way for me to know if a female-led spin-off of HIMYM will work, but how great would it be if somehow the crazy idea did work?

I’m as sad as anyone to be saying farewell to the gang at MacLaren’s in 2014, but I also acknowledge that it’s time. That said, more than the gang themselves, I’m going to mourn the experience of watching. I’ve so enjoyed becoming part of what I considered to be a very cool segment of people who salute when someone uses the world “general” or understand what it means to be “lawyered.” That special language is all part of a world-building that is, quite honestly, a rarity. And while I know the spin-off would not exist in the same world, I’d love nothing more than to visit another planet in the HIMYM galaxy and find it to be just as magical.

So, with that preamble — which went through my head during the shampoo phase, in case you’re wondering — here’s what I see as the biggest challenges and some ideas on how the spin-off could overcome them.
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FX's 'Fargo' series: Let's cast it!

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Fargo as a TV series? You betcha. Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly executive producing an adaptation of their Academy Award-winning movie for the network that brought us Sons of AnarchyJustified, and American Horror Story.

This new project isn’t the first attempt to bring Fargo to the small screen — a Coen-free pilot for a Fargo TV series was filmed in 1997 and ultimately aired as part of a special in 2003.  The first televised Fargo starred Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the pregnant police officer immortalized by Frances McDormand in the film  — and if it were still 1997, I think Falco would be an excellent choice to strap on Marge’s fake belly for this new show as well.

But since Falco and McDormand are both a little too old to credibly play pregnant — and because William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi are a little busy with movie careers and cable series — which actors could step into their snowboots for this new FargoREAD FULL STORY

Draco Malfoy to sleep with that ice-pick chick from 'Basic Instinct'?

Tom Felton (Harry Potter series) has been offered the starring role opposite Sharon Stone in Tony Kaye’s sexual thriller Attachment, a producer for the film confirmed to EW. As ComingSoon.net reported, the Christopher Denham-penned film will star Stone as a married teacher who sleeps with her student (who would be played by Felton), but things turn ugly when he dates her teenage daughter and proceeds to stalk her and her family. So… it’s like The Graduate if Benjamin had been a Death Eater? READ FULL STORY

Disney moving ahead with ‘Avatar’ theme-park plans: What rides would you want to see?

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I see you, Bob Iger. According to a Deadline report, Disney CEO Iger allegedly let slip at the company’s annual shareholders meeting today that preliminary design is “just beginning” for the previously announced Avatar theme park, which is planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

The park is set to explore both familiar and as-yet-unseen settings from creator James Cameron’s Avatar universe (including environments from the two sequels in development), and is the result of a licensing deal between Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Fox Filmed Entertainment, allowing the Imagineers at Disney World to develop attractions based on the film as an extension of the Animal Kingdom area of the park. Iger reportedly said the park “in all likelihood” won’t open until 2015 (initial plans for the park call for construction to begin in 2013).

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