The ‘spin-off’ of the well-known series arrives at Disney + on May 11 with a completely new story but many points in common.
From 2005 to 2014, we witnessed Ted’s search for the perfect woman to start a family with in How I Met Your Mother. Eight years have passed since its end and many of the plots that the original series dealt with do not fit in with today’s society, starting with the presence of dating apps like Tinder or Grindr. What would the lives of Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily and Robin be like today? That’s what Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger thought, creators of the ‘spin-off’ How I Met Your Father that arrives on May 11 at Disney + with Hilary Duff as the protagonist.
The task that Berger and Aptaker had ahead of them was not an easy one. No one wants to be under the shadow of a comedy of the stature of How I Met Your Mother, which has come to be compared to Friends – saving the distances. The trick of the creators has been to get carried away by love for the original series and from there proposing more current elements. “You definitely want it to be reminiscent of the original. We wanted to take elements from it, especially the storytelling and the format, but use it to tell the story of a whole new group of friends on their own search for love in 2022.”, Aptaker points out in an interview with SensaCine.
Watching How I Met Your Father will give you the feeling of watching a new episode of How I Met Your Mother. Something that they achieve not only by maintaining the format, but also by including clear references to the original series. At the end of the first chapter -warning, there are SPOILERS– Jesse is found to be living in Marshall’s (Jason Segel) and Ted’s (Josh Radnor) old apartment. “From the beginning we talked about what the right level of connection to the original series would be. Especially for the first episode where you’re trying to introduce a bunch of new people and trying to position yourself as well. That Hilary Duff’s character lived there is too much, but for this character it is perfect. She finds herself on a magical night and revealing it at the end of the episode felt like the perfect connection.”, assures the creator.
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The team had the opportunity to use the exact same furniture that decorated the apartment. “We were very excited to learn that the actual sets from the original series have been stored at a location in Los Angeles. We were able to dust them off, give them a fresh coat of paint and use the exact same set of furniture as the original,” they enthuse. As Apteker explains, meeting again with the furniture of the protagonists is not only a reference, it is a return to that comedy that made us laugh so much and that now takes a new form.
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The original series is clearly present in the foundations of the ‘spin-off’, but something totally different has been built on them. Leading the plot is Sophie, a photographer in her thirties who breaks several clichés. «While this is a story of her searching for love, I think it’s also a story of self-discovery and knowing who she is.»Berger points out.
She’s really discovering who she is, what her career is going to be like, what she wants her life to be like… It’s all these questions that we ask ourselves when we’re on the precipice of 30. And that was very important to us, that it wasn’t just the story of a woman who needs to find love and find a boy.
Of course, there is a lot of romantic relationships. Sophie dates several guys throughout the series, but there is one that stands out above the rest. Jesse -played by Chris Lowell- is one of the first solid candidates to be the ‘father’ of fiction. She seeks balance in his life, but he has just been left at the altar in a most traumatic way, so they are not at the best time to meet. «Hopefully, this will create comedy and generate discussion among the fans, between those who encourage them to be together and those who don’t,» notes Berger. What if, there are already clues scattered throughout all the episodes so you can discover who will have a child with the protagonist.
In addition to the change of focus on the protagonist, the update becomes very noticeable in the group of friends. You can count on all the diversity that currently exists, both in sexual identity and race -something that the original series lacked-, and there is no longer a character like Barney, who has generated so much debate over the years. This decision, as the creators say, came naturally.
We didn’t see it as an element that needs to be fixed. I think that series started in 2005 and we found funny things that now we don’t
«Society and culture always evolve for the better and, looking back, there’s a lot about his behavior that might not be so funny nowAptaker notes, “We’re just trying to make a show that in 2022 we find current and appropriate and fun and we know that doesn’t include a character like Barney. We didn’t try not to address it, we just said, what is the group of friends that we want to have? What is the story that we want to tell that seems like it is for this moment?”
The group of friends they wanted to have is made up of Sophie (Hilary Duff), her roommate Valentina (Francia Raisa), her love suitor from the first episode Jesse (Chris Lowell) and his friends Sid (Suraj Sharma) and Ellen (Tien Tran). In addition to many other characters that will spin the story of how Sophie met the father of her child.
how i met your father premieres on Disney+ on May 11 with the 10 episodes that make up its first season available from day one.
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