In a bit of news long rumored but finally confirmed, next year’s season of How I Met Your Mother will be its last, according to Deadline.
The decision to renew the CBS series for a ninth and final season came after a series of severe negotiations between CBS and Twentieth Century Fox TV over deal points. For their part, creators/showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas were the first to close the final year deal. The actor negotiations, however, were a different story.
Reportedly, Jason Segel had been steadfast in his decision to leave the show at the end of the current season and pursue work in features, which would have destroyed any talk of a further season. In a last-minute turnover, however, Segel agreed to a ninth season. The article cites the leniency the show would give him in working on other projects as the main deciding factor.
The final season will reportedly feature 24 episodes.
Twentieth Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden is quoted in the article as saying, “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.”