'How I Met Your Mother' renewed for 9th, final season
BY YVONNE VILLARREAL Los Angeles Times
Thursday, January 31, 2013
1/31/13 at 6:46 AM
Mother's Day has come early at CBS: Its veteran comedy "How I Met Your Mother" will indeed return next season - and it will be the final one for the series.
The entire gang is set to return for the show's swan song. And patient viewers of the long-running comedy will finally learn the identity of the enigmatic mother in the title.
The series, from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, premiered on CBS in September 2005 and became a strong performer for the network among adults 18-49 and among total viewers. This season it is bringing in about 10 million viewers.
What might fans expect in the final episodes of the series?
"We have a plan to bring back many people we've had on the show," Bays said. "Not to steal their idea, but I loved the 'Seinfeld' finale where you saw everyone that's ever been on the show. We have a way to do it that sort of fits in with the universe of our show."
Jason Segel (left), Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders will finish their run on "How I Met Your Mother" next season. CLIFF LIPSON / CBS / AP