Hulu is dropping another one of its series, canceling How I Met Your Father after two seasons.
The news comes two days after the Disney-run streamer canceled The Great. How I Met Your Father, which stars Hilary Duff, ended its second season in July and did not answer the implied question in its title.
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How I Met Your Father is a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother, which ran on CBS from 2005-14. Though not a direct sequel, it’s set in the same version of New York as the original series and has featured guest appearances from HIMYM stars Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris, among other alumni of that show. Characters played by Christopher Lowell and Suraj Sharma also live in the apartment occupied by Ted (Josh Radnor) and Marshall (Jason Segel) in the former series.
In addition to Duff, Lowell and Sharma, the How I Met Your Father cast includes Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley and Tien Tran. Kim Cattrall narrates the series (and appears on camera) as a future version of Duff’s character, Sophie, telling her son about how she met his dad — similar to the Bob Saget-narrated HIMYM, though Saget was never on camera as Future Ted.
A How I Met Your Mother spinoff went through several iterations — including one that would have starred future Little Women and Barbie director Greta Gerwig — before landing a series order at Hulu in 2021. It premiered in January 2022 and was renewed for a 20-episode second season (which was split into two parts) a month later.
Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (This Is Us), who had worked on an earlier version of the spinoff, created the series and executive produced with HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, director Pam Fryman and Adam Londy.
With How I Met Your Father and The Great canceled and the FX-produced Reservation Dogs ending with its current third season, Hulu’s roster of original, live-action comedies is shrinking. The streamer also has Only Murders in the Building, Ramy, Life & Beth, This Fool, Unprisoned and FX’s The Bear (which is classified as a comedy for awards purposes, at least) in its current lineup.
TVLine first reported the cancellation.
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