Disney is taking advantage of its IP outside of the Star Wars and Marvel world with the development of “How I Met Your Father”, a spinoff of the series, “How I Met Your Mother”. Produced by 20th Century, the show will stream on Hulu. Kim Cattrall will narrate the show, which is written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger and Executive produced by Aptaker, Berger, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pam Fryman and Adam Londy. Bays and Thomas created the original series, which starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris. Aptaker who has been busy with the huge hit “This Is Us” actually began working on the show before the launch of the melodrama which may well have held the new show back a few years. Now that the hit is coming to an end the opportunity opened up to revisit “How I Met Your Father”,
“We were realizing, ‘Oh, we are about to have some time on our hands. What do we want to do next?’ he said. “And we were, like, ‘Well, we really want that script that we never, sort of, touched.’ And, serendipitously, Hilary was coming up for air off of Younger, and the studio was very clear and vocal with us that ‘We want Hilary’s next show. Whatever it is, we want her at Disney Television.’ So, they set up a meeting for us.”
Duff, who recently starred in TV Lands Younger is not new to working with Disney-owned projects rising to fame on the Disney Channel in 2001 as Lizzie McGuire. The actress has built a much more diverse portfolio since then and appears to look forward to the new project.
“I am so attracted to parts that are extremely relatable, and this one happens to touch on just trying to find love in this world that we live in with all the options that there are and how hard it is to meet someone face‑to‑face,” Duff said at a TCA event. “And the fact that she has this lovely friend circle that kind of comes together in a strange way, it was all just really attractive to me.”
The show launches today with two episodes ready to stream.