A sequel series to How I Met Your Mother is officially a go at Hulu, as the streamer has ordered ten episodes of the spinoff series How I Met Your Father. Hilary Duff (Younger) is on board to star in the lead role of the series with This Is Us and Love, Victor showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger overseeing the project. Original HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will return to executive produce alongside Aptaker and Berger.
Hulu's logline for How I Met Your Father reads: "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."
"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 said in a joint statement on Wednesday. "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," added Aptaker and Berger. "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."
In a statement of her own, Duff also said of her new role: "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. 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!"
Whether How I Met Your Father reaches the same levels of success as its parent series remains to be seen. How I Met Your Mother, which starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan, ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2014. During its run, the show enjoyed high ratings and immense popularity with television viewers, but the way the series ended drew a lot of criticism from fans.