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'How I Met Your Dad': Meg Ryan joins the cast

On April 23 Entertainment Weekly revealed that actress Meg Ryan will be joining the cast of "How I Met Your Dad," a CBS spinoff of the popular "How I Met Your Mother" which recently aired its final season. Ryan gained prominence as a romantic comedy actress in the 1990s and has few prior television roles. The new series was announced last year and is expected to debut in the fall.

Meg Ryan
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Ryan will be the first person narrator on the series, providing the overview and information given during each episode aside from the actors dialogue. The role is a voice role instead of an on camera role and is similar to the role Bob Saget played on the original series. Ryan has lent her voice to several projects in the past few years, including audiobooks.

The spinoff will star Greta Gerwig as the lead character of Sally, who is recently married and unhappy with the way her life is going. Ryan will voice Sally from the future, since the series format will begin in the future with stories told in the past. A pilot episode is currently planned and the original series ran for nine seasons and was cancelled despite good ratings.

Comingsoon.net revealed on April 23 that show creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, who created the original show, are working on the spinoff with Emily Spivey. The original show starred Josh Radnor as Ted, a man telling the story of how he met his children's mother in New York City to his children and the spinoff will tell the same story from the point of view of the mother, but will be a different couple.

The two shows will exist in the same universe but will not include any cast crossovers. Cast member Alyson Hannigan recently told reporters that she would not appear on the new series, which is understandable since she has worked steadily in television for the past fifteen years on both "How I Met Your Mother" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." None of the other characters are expected to appear on the new series, which will introduce fans to a whole new set of characters and stories.

Ryan's other television work includes a role on the seventh season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" back in 2009. She is also working on an NBC show about a New York City editor, in which she would star as the lead character and serve as an executive producer. Ryan would be able to work on both shows should they get picked up to series. She also lent her voice to the Disney animated film "Anastasia" which was released in 1997.