Things will be legen...wait for it...dary for another year on CBS. After some tough negotiations, Deadline has confirmed
that the network has secured a deal to bring How I Met Your Mother
back for a ninth season.
The fate of How I Met Your Mother
was looking dire in recent weeks as negotiations with the cast and creators were difficult, particularly with star Jason Segel. But at the last minute they were able to come together and now Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshal will be back for season 9.
The renewal also means the show will hit its landmark 200th episode towards the end of next season. Even in season 8 the show's ratings are still decent, averaging about 8 million viewers per episode.
How I Met Your Mother
's renewal also means the Mother will most likely become a bigger part of the series next year. We already know Ted will meet the mysterious woman on the night of Barney and Robin's wedding, and now that the couple is engaged, that can't be long.
We also know from the episode "Trilogy Time" that in the summer of 2015, Ted has a newborn baby girl. Doing the math, this puts the date of conception around the fall of 2014, just a few short months after season 9 will end. The clock is running out and How I Met Your Mother
won't be able to keep her identity a secret for much longer.
But given these negotiations, and the fact that Segel is still busy balancing the show with a successful film career, it's entirely possible that How I Met Your Mother
season 9 will be its last. If that's the case, odds are it will be decided early on so the creators can plan accordingly. That has been the trend recently with show's like One Tree Hill
, Gossip Girl
, 30 Rock
and The Office
, among others, all of which knew the final season would be the last before they even began.
Are you excited for more of How I Met Your Mother
? Do you hope that we meet the Mother in the season 8 finale and the show adds whatever actress they cast as a series regular for season 9?
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