‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff Casts Drew Tarver

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Tarver will play Sally’s best friend and college roommate who is now married to her brother

The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff “How I Met Your Dad” has cast Drew Tarver, who was discovered at the CBS Diversity Showcase in January.

Tarver will play Todd, Sally’s best friend and college roommate who is now married to her brother.

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The spinoff, written and executive produced by “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas along with Emily Spivey, is billed as a kindred spirit of “How I Met Your Mother,” telling the story from a female point of view.  A brand new story with new characters and a new voice at its center.

Greta Gerwig was previously cast as Sally, described as a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of 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 break-up is inevitable, but Sally will find a solid circle of support in her friends and family, who are often too willing to give “good” advice that can backfire badly.  Meanwhile, Sally must filter out the input and decide what’s best for her.

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Tarver, a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Harold Team, has appeared in “Animal Practice” and “Newsreaders,” and has created and starred in a number of “Funny or Die” videos.

He signed to a CBS talent holding deal after performing at the annual CBS Multicultural Sketch Comedy Showcase at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Last year’s talent showcase participants include John Milhiser, who signed a talent holding deal with CBS and booked a series regular spot on “Saturday Night Live,” and Karan Soni, who booked a series regular spot on Amazon’s”Betas” and a recurring role on Disney’s “Might Med.”

Tarver is represented by Paradigm.

The spinoff is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Deadline first reported the news of Tarver’s casting.