According to Variety, CBS and 20th Century Fox TV are close to finalizing a deal to order a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother.
Negotiations for extending the series began on July 15, and Deadline.com reported that stars Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris signed deals for another season on Dec. 21.
The contracts of Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, creators and executive producers of the long-running series, were also planned to end with the 2012-2013 television season. The showrunners have been vocal about writing season eight like it’s the last while also confirming that they are eager for another year.
The question remains whether fans will rejoice during this current season or if they will have to wait another year to finally meet the mother.
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.