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Hilary Duff is Going to Headline the Long-Promised ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Sequel

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How I Met Your Mother is one of the best sitcoms of all time, and probably the best “hang-out” sitcom ever (sorry Happy Endings fans, you’ll have to settle for second). Since it ended in 2014, series creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have been trying to follow it up with a show with the same premise but following a woman on her path to meet her future husband.

That show, How I Met Your Father, is finally getting made and Hilary Duff is playing the Ted Mosby role of a woman telling her son all about how she met his father. The New York Post has a quote from Duff about taking the role of Sophie, the new Ted Mosby.

“As a huge fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ I’m honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby,” Duff said, referencing the shows co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, in Hulu’s press release announcing the show. “Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there!”

The finale of How I Met Your Mother was, to put it lightly, divisive. Cristin Milioti did such an amazing job in the last season as Tracy that the audience fell in love with her, only to find out that she had died years ago from the perspective of Future Ted and his children, and the show was his way of accepting he was ready to love again with his ex-girlfriend Robin.

Honestly, I liked the ending, the last scene especially, but I thought the entire last season of the show was weak. Instead of spending the last season showing one weekend and then covering 16 years in the final episode, they should have spent the final season exploring the plots from the finale.

As much as I’d love to see this show last nine years as well, I don’t know if the format is all that suited to a long-running show as much as it’s suited to a shorter, more focused series that runs 3-4 seasons. Ted’s story was great and there was something interesting about following him for that long and the way it necessitated a shift to being about Ted having to grow up and actually want the thing he was saying he wanted, but it probably would have made a lot more sense if the show ended after the third season.

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