All the contracts have been worked out and the fate of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" is sealed, Deadline.com reports. The series will be back for a ninth season, which will be the show’s last.
Season nine will reportedly consist of 24 episodes. During the final season, the ongoing mystery of who "mother" is will finally be revealed, the report notes.
“All series regulars — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan — are back, as are creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas,” Nellie Andreeva writes in the Deadline piece. “To show the cast their commitment to the show, Bays and Thomas were first to close a one-year show deal.”
Negotiations with the actors included their share of drama, Andreeva notes. “The prospects of a ninth season appeared all but dead after Segel had held firmly to his decision to leave until an eleventh-hour turnaround,” she writes. “I hear Segel finally changed his mind after reviewing detailed records of the relatively light workload the hybrid series requires for a fat paycheck while also allowing busy actors like him to also pursue a feature career.”
CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler had this to say: “Through eight years, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch-phrases.”
Twentieth Television Chairman Dana Walden added: “Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are masterful and hilarious storytellers, and we have no doubt that they will guide one of the greatest comedies of the last decade to a gratifying conclusion when they finally reveal the identity of the mother.”