In a new interview, Hilary Duff confirms that the upcoming spinoff How I Met Your Father connects to the original How I Met Your Mother series.
How I Met Your Father will connect to How I Met Your Mother. Created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, HIMYM premiered in 2005 on CBS. It centered around Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) as he tells his children how he met their mother. Thanks to sharp writing, in addition to its cast of Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, and Jason Segel, the sitcom was a big hit. HIMYM lasted for nine seasons and cultivated a large fanbase.
Back in April, it was announced that a spinoff of HIMYM. was ordered by Hulu. Consisting of ten episodes, with Hilary Duff starring as Sophie, How I Met Your Father will be produced by Duff alongside Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Still, with Bays and Thomas serving as executive producers, many wondered if the new show will directly link up to HIMYM. Now, thanks to new comments from Duff, an answer has been provided.
During an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Duff revealed that How I Met Your Father will tie in with the original series. Although she was careful not to give away too much of that aspect, noting that the script was being changed, the actress made clear that the two shows share more than a premise. You can read Duff’s quote, from EW below:-
In terms of the character she’d be playing, Duff was more forthcoming. She explained that the story will feature Sophie and three male characters, leading audiences to wonder which one of the trio ultimately ends up being the titular father. While it’s less clear what the tie-in will look like, and whether any HIMYM actors will reprise their roles, Duff’s comments confirm that the spinoff shares more than a premise with its predecessor. Another question remains regarding how much the upcoming show will rely on its origins. JOEY quickly broke away from Friends featuring few references and no major cameos from the original series. Angel, on the other hand, began with strong connections to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and notable crossovers before gradually standing on its own. There is no one template, differing from one example to the next depending on what the writers prefer and the circumstances allow.
One possible tie-in is that Duff’s character is friends with Penny and Luke (David Henrie), who are Ted’s children in the original series. This would provide a clear connection and open the door for guest appearances without linking Sophie’s story too closely with what came before. But, regardless of which approach How I Met Your Father takes, it’s a safe bet that it will be kept under wraps for a good while. Even with its controversial finale, HIMYM remains a formidable sitcom that Hulu is counting on moving forward.