'How I Met Your Father': 5 things about the 'HIMYM' spin-off starring Hilary Duff
'How I Met Your Mother' was one of those cult-classic shows that may have ended seven years ago, but have spawned countless rewatches. But there's good news. A spin-off of the hit CBS series, 'How I Met Your Father' is all set to premiere on Hulu as a 10-episode dramedy. The series sees the return of Hilary Duff and the pilot will be directed by Pam Fryman, who directed a major chunk of the sitcom. Fryman directed 196 out of 208 episodes and although the show finale had fans unhappy, they will be happy to see the same creative minds.
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, per Deadline, said in their statement, "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. 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."
When does 'How I Met Your Father' release?
'How I Met Your Father' releases January 18 on Hulu.
Who's in the cast of the spin-off?
Francia Raisa will play Sophie's roommate, Valentina, a dear friend and stylist who's recently returned to New York from London Fashion Week, with a new British boyfriend named Charlie. “She's impulsive and adventurous, and Sophie relies on Valentina's ability to cheer her up when she gets down,” Deadline added. 'Sex and the City' star Kim Cattrall nabbed a major recurring role: She plays the future version of Duff's Sophie, telling her children about how she met their father. Duff will reprise her role as Sophie, the show's protagonist, and narrator, telling her son the story of how she met his father. The story is set in 2021 and depicts her with her close pals, who all live in New York City.
"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 [HIMYM creators] Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby," Duff said. Tom Ainsley plays Valentina's boyfriend. Chris Lowell, Suraj Sharma, Tien Tran, Josh Peck, and Ashley Reyes, round up the rest of the cast.
What is the plot of 'How I Met Your Father'?
The official synopsis reads, "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."
Original series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are back, with Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger coming in as show-runners.