Social media lit up this week with the announcement that a How I Met Your Mother spinoff is in the works, titled How I Met Your Father.
The show has been commissioned for its first 10-episode season by US streaming service Hulu, with Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire, Younger) starring in the lead role.
How I Met Your Mother was a show that was hugely popular during its run and producers have been trying to follow up on this for several years, but only recently are moving forward.
The news sparked controversy as some fans still felt burned by last season’s show, which aired in 2014 and contained what some have described as one of the worst recent episodes in television history.
The new offering will follow a similar format to the original, starring Duff as Sophie, a mother telling her son the story of how she met her father, which we will see in flashbacks to her youth in 2021.
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There’s no word yet on who else will star in How I Met Your Father, but it’s understandable that Sophie will have a circle of friends who are also trying to break into the intricate modern world.
How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will remain executive producers, while Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger – the duo behind Love, Victor – will be the lead writers.
They said in a statement: “Boys, I am going to tell you an incredible story: This is the story of how two writers were lucky enough to create their dream TV show for nine seasons and can now give the torch to a new, inspired creative team. with their own incredible story to tell, the story of How I Met Your Dad.
“We are honored for their passion and vision, and look forward to helping them tell their legendary new story. Thank you to all the HIMYM fans out there who have been waiting for it. “
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