Fans anticipating the release date of Hulu/Disney+ comedy How I Met Your Father will have to wait a little longer.
The Hilary Duff-led comedy drama - a sequel to the original show about architect Ted Mosby's (Josh Radnor) search for the titular "Mother" - has been hit with delays meaning it will arrive a few months later than originally planned.
The series was meant to arrive on Disney+ on Wednesday, 9th March 2022, but it has now been pushed back to Wednesday, 11th May 2022.
But there's good news too... How I Met Your Father has been renewed for a double-sized second season, meaning it will consist of 20 episodes instead of 10.
The drama follows Duff as Sophie, who spends the series telling her children the story of how she met their father. None other than Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall plays the older, future version of Duff's Sophie, who relays the story of how she met the father of her son to her son himself.
The cast also includes Christopher Lowell, Francia Raisa, Suraj Sharma, Tom Ainsley and Tien Tran.
How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have reunited with the show's original director Pam Fryman for this 10-parter, which will explore Sophie's relationships with her close friends whilst trying to find The One.
The new series, currently airing in the US on Hulu, has featured some exciting cameos from original cast members, including Zoey Pierson's ex-husband The Captain (Kyle MacLachlan) and Becky (Laura Bell Bundy).
Speaking about bringing back these characters into the spinoff universe, series co-creator Isaac Aptaker explained to TVLine: "It takes a while, especially on a multi-cam show, to get to know the characters, the friend group and the vibe, and we wanted to make sure to give How I Met Your Father room to stand on its own two feet before we started bringing in bigger pieces from the expansive How I Met Your Mother universe.
"Towards the end of this season felt like the right time to dip our toes into the water and bring some of those beloved characters back."
While the spin-off follows a similar format to the original series, the team behind How I Met Your Father are keen to make clear the series isn’t a remake, but rather a sequel set in the same fictional version of New York.
"People keep referring to the show as a 'reboot', and it's not a reboot," executive producer Isaac Aptaker previously explained to E! News.
"It's set in the world of the previous show, but it's really its own thing. That said, we love How I Met Your Mother," he added. "There are going to be lots of little rewards for people who love the original if they stick with us."
Here is all you need to know about How I Met Your Father including the Disney Plus UK release date, and latest cast and trailer information.
How I Met Your Father release date– how to watch in the UK
The show landed on Hulu in the US on the 18th January 2022.
How I Met Your Father cast
Lizzie Maguire legend Hilary Duff will portray the lead character Sophie, who is navigating life and love in 2021.
Private Practice star Chris Lowell plays the male lead of the show, Jesse, and is a teacher.
The rest of the main cast are friends of Sophie and Jesse in the form of Ellen (Tien Tran), Valentina (Francia Raisa), Charlie (Tom Ainsley), and Sid (Suraj Sharma).
Also starring in recurring roles are Josh Peck as Drew, the vice-principal of Jesse’s school, and Ashley Reyes as career-woman Hannah who is also Sid’s long-distance girlfriend.
Finally, Daniel Augustin portrays the recurring character Ian, a Tinder date of Sophie’s who she meets in person for the first time.
Who is Kim Cattrall playing in How I Met Your Father?
Sex and the City icon Kim Cattrall has joined How I Met Your Father in a key role.
The actress, best known for playing Samantha Jones in SATC, will portray an older version of Hilary Duff’s Sophie.
Cattrall is visible in the trailer which was released on the 16th December 2021.
The role comes after Cattrall declined to reprise her part as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City sequel series And Just Like That.
How I Met Your Father trailer
The trailer for How I Met Your Father was released on the 16th December 2021 by Hulu, and in February 2022 by Disney Plus.
The footage from the comedy spin-off gives fans their first taste of the spin-off to How I Met Your Mother.
It seems a lot of laughs will be had in the new series.
What is How I Met Your Father about?
The official plot synopsis for How I Met Your Father has been released.
It states: “How I Met Your Father is a story that catapults us back to the year 2021, where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options."
The series sees Sophie tell her son the story of how she met his father.
The trailer teases the dynamics of the group of friends and shows Sophie sharing her story as an older woman too.
Will there be another season?
Yes! Disney + recently confirmed that How I Met Your Father has been renewed for a second season. Not only that, but it will be double the size of season one, consisting of 20 episodes.
"Isaac and Elizabeth's inspired vision for How I Met Your Father has proven to be true appointment viewing that fans cannot get enough of week to week," Jordan Helman, head of scripted originals for Hulu said in a statement. "The lives of these characters, as portrayed by the immensely talented cast led by Hilary Duff, are just starting to unfold and we’re thrilled to bring more of this group’s journey to our viewers with a supersized second season."
How I Met Your Father premieres in the UK on Disney Plus on 9th March 2022. It landed in the US on Hulu on 18th January 2022. Check out our Drama hub for more news, interviews and features or find something to watch with our TV guide.