'How I Met Your Father', the new 'How I Met Your Mother'
Hulu launched a new version of the series How I Met Your Mother, with some updated themes.
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On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Hulu premiered the series How I Met Your Father, a new remake of How I Met Your Mother, which aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014 and became an international phenomenon over nine seasons.
Like the model of the initial series, this one uses the framing device of a narrator from the future explaining the story. In addition, this one is set in New York in a world without COVID-19 and in a bar, like the original.
This time, the series is set in 2022 and focuses on a female protagonist named Sophie played by Hilary Duff.
Sophie's group of friends includes Jesse (Chris Lowell), Valentina (Francia Raisa), Charlie (Tom Ainsley), Ellen (Tien Tran), and Sid (Suraj Sharma).
All members of the main ensemble were fans of the original series. Some said they even re-watched the episodes before filming their own series to better understand its tone.
However, the cast and directors of the series stressed that there are many differences between the first and second series.
"We're not trying to reboot and recreate," Duff, who is also a producer on the series, told NBC News at a virtual press junket. "We're borrowing some important parts of the [original] series that made people fall in love with it."
Ultimately, the show's theme is still rooted in a story of finding love. However, Duff noted that it's also about "people who need each other."
"They're all building this new friendship and realizing how well they all fit together," the actress said.