The writers of Hulu’s How I Met Your Father explain their plans to feature more members of the HIMYM cast following another major return.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for the How I Met Your Father season 2 premiere.How I Met Your Father creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger tease their plans to include more members of the original How I Met Your Mother cast in the Hulu spinoff. Led by Hilary Duff as protagonist Sophie, and Kim Catrall as an older version of the character who serves as narrator, How I Met Your Father uses the same framing device as the beloved former CBS sitcom to depict Sophie’s misadventures in love. The spinoff frequently pays tribute to its predecessor, featuring subtle set references and even cameos from the original cast, including Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky appearing in the season 1 finale, and most recently, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson in the premiere of season 2.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Aptaker and Berger reveal they hope to eventually feature all six main cast members of the original sitcom on How I Met Your Father. Following Harris’ surprise cameo in the season 2 premiere, the showrunners explain the benefits of including the rest of the central How I Met Your Mother cast in Sophie’s complicated story. Check out what Aptaker and Berger have to say below:
BERGER: We truly have discussed plot lines for all of the original characters. Now it’s just a question of parsing them out and hoping that people are available and want to do it when it’s the right time to ask. But yes, we think it’s so much fun, and it makes our world bigger, and it satisfies fans on a really deep level, so we love to do it, and we have the ideas.
APTAKER: And our cast gets so excited too. Hilary was so excited to work with Neil. They messaged a little bit, and he interviewed her back when we launched the show last year. They have so much in common — they both were these giant TV stars when they were still in middle school, and now they’ve both fronted the How I Met series. They have these shared experiences, and them getting to share the screen was really special.
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With Harris and Smulders already appearing in How I Met Your Father to reprise their roles as Barney and Robin, respectively, there is a good chance the other HIMYM stars – Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, and Jason Segel – will follow in their former co-stars footsteps. While Cristin Miloti, as the titular mother Tracey, became a pivotal series regular during How I Met Your Mother season 9, she is unlikely to appear in the spinoff due to the tragic fate of her character in the sitcom’s divisive series finale. Though it remains unclear when and how more key members of the original show’s cast could appear in How I Met Your Father, some of them have already expressed excitement at the prospect of returning to their iconic past roles.
Radnor revealed he has been in contact with Duff ahead of the How I Met Your Father premiere. According to Radnor, he would happily accept Duff and the writers’ invitation to one day have him on the show as Ted, should their schedules align. While Segel, who portrayed Marshall Eriksen, has not commented directly on the possibility of being featured on How I Met Your Father, he has expressed an interest in making a How I Met Your Mother season 10, indicating a continued love for the universe of the sitcom. As other How I Met Your Mother alums have returned for the spinoff, it seems likely that the rest of the main cast will appear at some point as well.
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Following Harris’ How I Met Your Father Barney Stinson cameo, it has been confirmed that his chance encounter with Sophie will have a major impact on the trajectory of season 2. After meeting Sophie at a low point, Barney is expected to use his complicated history when it comes to matters of the heart to offer some sort of guidance to the sitcom’s emotionally lost protagonist, while giving an update on his life years after he has put his penchant for womanizing behind him. To see how Sophie’s story continues to unfold, the next episode of How I Met Your Father will be available to stream on Hulu on January 31.
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