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Report: CBS in Talks for Ninth Season of How I Met Your Mother

Date July 16, 2012

How I Met Your Mother

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CBS and 20th Century Fox have begun talks to bring back How I Met Your Mother for a ninth season, Variety reports.

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The network and 20th, which produces the show, have no comment on the report, but according to Variety, discussions are in the preliminary stages. Contracts for all five stars and co-creators/co-executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas expire after the upcoming eighth season, along with CBS' license deal with 20th.

CBS renewed the comedy for two more seasons in March 2011, giving Bays and Thomas the opportunity to plot out the series and the inevitable introduction the titular mother. In May, Thomas told TVGuide.com that they have a Plan A and a Plan B depending on whether Season 8 is the final season, but they will need to know for sure soon.

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"When it's the last season, we want to announce it from the rooftop and say, 'Hey, there are 24 more episodes left. They're awesome and you gotta watch it!'" Thomas said. "If it's the last season, you'll know it's a big momentous season from the first episode. There is a definite plan of how we want to begin the last season, as kind of a 'gasp!' moment within that episode. So yeah, we need to figure it out pretty soon."

Season 8 of How I Met Your Mother premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on CBS.

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