One of the mid-2000s most popular sitcoms is getting a gender-bent spin-off. How I Met Your Father, a new sequel series inspired by How I Met Your Mother, has been given a 10-episode straight-to-series order at Hulu. The show will star Hilary Duff as Sophie, a woman coming into her own and looking for love in modern-day New York City. Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who worked on This Is Us and Love, Victor, will act as the series’ showrunners. How I Met Your Mother‘s Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are returning as executive producers. They released a joint statement to celebrate the spin-off’s order:
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.)
This won’t be the first time an attempt has been made to create a gender-swapped version of HIMYM. A pilot titled How I Met Your Dad was filmed in 2014 by Greta Gerwig but was ultimately passed on by CBS. It’s also not the first time Hilary Duff has pursued a project centering on an adult woman living her life in the modern world. She had originally signed on to star in a Lizzie Maguire revival for Disney+ before that project was offed for being “too adult”. Perhaps now her fans, and fans of HIMYM, can find happiness in a project that satisfies both previously canceled concepts.