Analysis: ‘How I Met Your Father’ looks back but flips the script


I’m talking the 1980s, 1990s, early 2000s and the 2010s.

You can vote for the 2020s if you want to, but so far I’ll pass.

First up in what to watch this week, check out some TV love from two different decades.

‘How I Met Your Father’

Hilary Duff as Sophie (second from left) leads the ensemble cast of "How I Met Your Father."

Remember “How I Met Your Mother”?

That series, about a man telling his children about how he found their mom, ran from 2005 to 2014.

Now, Hulu has flipped the script with a sitcom, starring Hilary Duff, in which she tells the story of how she met the father of her children.

The cast also features “Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall for all those who loved that series (which kicked off in 1998) and are sad that she’s not in the “SATC” spinoff/reboot, “And Just Like That…”

“How I Met Your Father” is streaming now.

‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’ Season 2

A scene from "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" is shown.
Jeff Goldblum is still incredibly curious, and that’s a win for us.

In the second season of his Disney+ series, the itinerant actor links up with experts, scientists and even fans to gain insight on birthdays, motorcycles, magic and more as he tries to make sense of the world in which we live.

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” season two is currently streaming. And if you, too, are endlessly curious, sign up for Wonder Theory, CNN’s science newsletter, to explore fascinating discoveries every week.

‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Season 20 premiere

Longtime political comedy host Bill Maher is shown in "Real Time With Bill Maher."

Don’t be a square — get into the roundtable discussion.

The latest season of “Real Time With Bill Maher” starts up Friday, and things are sure to get heated with his guests as they dive into every angle of politics and the state of the world.

Love him or hate him, Maher is never boring.

The show airs on HBO, which is owned by CNN’s parent company.

Two things to listen to

The late Young Dolph performs during the Astroworld Festival at Houston's NRG Stadium on November 9, 2019.
The Memphis hip-hop scene lost one of its most esteemed ambassadors when rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in November.

The artist is being remembered — and loved on — in a new compilation mixtape.

“Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph” features cuts from members of Young Dolph’s label including Big Moochie Grape, Jay Fizzle and Key Glock.

It drops Friday.

Kiefer Sutherland performs on his "Not Enough Whiskey" tour at New York's Bowery Ballroom on May 25, 2017.
It’s been more than “24” hours since Kiefer Sutherland had new music out.

Now, the actor and star of that Fox series is releasing his third album, “Bloor Street.”

The actual street is located in Toronto, where Sutherland grew up, and he told “ET Canada” how it came to inspire his latest project.

“I was shooting the television show ‘Designated Survivor,’ we shot that for three seasons in Toronto, almost 10 months a year,” Sutherland said. “I was walking down Bloor Street and I came up on Yonge Street, and I realized that I was looking at the four corners that kind of represented my youth.”

The new album is out Friday.

One thing to talk about

Jimmy Fallon hosts "The Tonight Show."

Right now, Wordle is the game we all seem to A-D-O-R-E.

The internet is seriously obsessed with the free word game that appears to be everywhere these days.

Here’s how it works: Picture a small crossword puzzle that has a word of the day. The player attempts to deduce a five-letter word by guessing the letters.

Each letter has a color — green if the letter is in the proper position, yellow if it’s in the word but in the wrong position, and gray if the letter does not appear at all.

The fewer guesses it takes the better.

Even celebrities are into it, and Jimmy Fallon recently attempted to play it on “The Tonight Show.”

So give it a shot and good luck!

Something to sip on

Marilyn Monroe (center) performs "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most influential stars of all time.

Madonna, Gwen Stefani and so many other celebs have shown their admiration for the bombshell actress, who met a tragic end.

Her life and legacy is the subject of the CNN docuseries “Reframed: Marilyn Monroe,” whose finale will air at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday.

I’m a huge Monroe fan, and I learned a great deal about her from the abundance of content we have in support of the series. For starters, check out the 10 common misconceptions about her and how she was a trailblazer in Hollywood.

They don’t make them like Monroe anymore.

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