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'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff starring Hilary Duff gets series order at Hulu

By Christian Imperio Published Apr 22, 2021 8:44 am

A How I Met Your Mother spinoff series titled How I Met Your Father has reportedly been ordered at Hulu with Hilary Duff attached to play the titular role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu has made a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for the sequel television series with original HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas returning to executive produce the show. They will be joined by This Is Us and Love, Victor showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who will oversee the upcoming comedy series.

"Kids, I’m going to tell you an incredible story: It’s the story of 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 story to tell, the story of How I Met Your Father," Bays and Thomas told THR. "We are honored by their passion and vision, and look forward to helping them tell a legendary new story. (Thanks to all the HIMYM fans out there who waited for it.)"

"We are beyond excited to be bringing How I Met Your Father to Hulu," Aptaker and Berger told THR. "Carter and Craig’s iconic original series revolutionized the half-hour comedy, and we are so honored to be carrying the torch forward for the next generation — and with Hilary Duff no less! We can’t wait for audiences to meet Sophie and her crew, and watch them come into their own and find love in modern-day New York City. And we hope nobody thinks it’s weird that Bob Saget will be playing old Hilary Duff’s voice."

Here's the official description for HIMYF: "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."

"I've been incredibly lucky in my career to play some wonderful characters and I’m looking forward to taking on the role of Sophie," Duff told THR. "As a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother, I’m honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby. Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6½'s in there!"

HIMYM, considered as one of the best comedy shows in the 20th century, originally ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2014, with a total of 208 episodes. The show starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan.

A release date for How I Met Your Father has yet to be announced.

(Images from IMDB)