A How I Met Your Mother sequel series titled “How I met your Father” has been ordered at Hulu with Hilary Duff attached to star.
In the near future, Sophie (Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. According to an individual with knowledge of the project, it remains unclear how/if the new show will tie into the original.
The new series hails from “This Is Us” co-showrunners and “Love, Victor” co-creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who serve as writers and executive producers on the news series. “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are also onboard as executive producers. Duff will produce in addition to starring, with Adam Londy serving as co-executive producer. 20th Television will produce the new series as it did with the original. Aptaker and Berger are currently under an overall deal at the studio.
“I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my career to play some wonderful characters, and I’m excited to take on the role of Sophie,” Duff said. “As a huge fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ I’m honoured, if not a little nervous, that Carter and Craig would entrust me with their baby’s sequel. Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to collaborate with them and all of their brilliance. I’m just overjoyed to be a part of the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I know these are big shoes to fill, but I’m excited to put my 6 12’s in there!”
From 2005 to 2014, “How I Met Your Mother” aired on CBS for nine seasons and over 200 episodes. Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan starred in the series. The narrator, an older version of Radnor’s character Ted Mosby, was voiced by Bob Saget.
“We are overjoyed to be bringing ‘How I Met Your Father’ to Hulu,” Aptaker and Berger said. “Carter and Craig’s iconic original series revolutionised half-hour comedy, and we are so honoured to be carrying the torch forward for the next generation – with Hilary Duff no less! We can’t wait for audiences to meet Sophie and her friends and see them grow up and find love in modern-day New York City. And we hope no one thinks it’s strange that Bob Saget will be playing the voice of old Hilary Duff.”
This is not the first attempt to make a sequel to “HIMYM.” CBS ordered a pilot for “How I Met Your Dad” in 2013, starring Greta Gerwig and Meg Ryan as the narrator. The project was never picked up for a series.
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“Kids, I’m going to tell you an incredible storey: how two writers got lucky enough to make their dream TV show for nine seasons and now get to pass the torch to an inspired new creative team with their own incredible storey to tell, the storey of ‘How I Met Your Father,’” Bays and Thomas said. “We are inspired by their passion and vision, and we look forward to assisting them in creating a legendary new storey. (Many thanks to all the ‘HIMYM’ fans who patiently awaited it.)
“‘How I Met Your Mother’ is a crown jewel in the 20th library, and its fans have clamoured for more ever since our final broadcast seven years ago,” Karey Burke, president of 20th Television, said. “Our brilliant producers Isaac and Elizabeth, who are—wait for it—legendary within our halls, have created a spectacular new take that honours the original while being entirely their own. Carter and Craig will return as executive producers, and who better to play the main character than Hilary Duff? Many thanks to Craig Erwich and everyone at Hulu Originals for loving the script as much as we did, and to our incredible team for putting it all together. I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Let the speculation about who the father is begin!”
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