Those two kids who’ve been sitting around waiting for Ted to get to the point of his damn story received some great news today: The tale of how their dad met their mother will finally be told. CBS has ordered a ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother, and yes, the network promises to reveal the identity of the mother before the series goes off the air for good.
The entire cast will be back for the sendoff, as will creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
The big question is when viewers will meet the mother. We know Ted meets her at Robin and Barney’s wedding, which will take place at the end of the current season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll know her identity at the end of this season or the beginning of the next. She could be a bridesmaid, the caterer, the flower girl, the valet parker, or even a groomsman (it’s the 2010s, people, get with the times!). Or, if you insist, the base player in the wedding band. Or maybe Season 9 will be Ted having flings with half the women from the wedding and the identity of the mother will play out like some PBS mystery show.
Let’s all just be happy that the nation’s biggest question will be answered and Ted’s kids can finally get on with their lives.
Repeat guest stars James Van Der Beek (technically, not a Canadian, but that’s okay, eh?) and Alan Thicke will lead the Great White Northern charge in the episode, which marks the return of Robin Sparkles.
Additionally, Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210), Paul Shaffer (Late Show with David Letterman), Alex Trebek (Jeopardy!) and a cadre of other Canadian guest stars will appear in the outing.
The latest chapter in the pop singer’s saga will show off “a little bit of a darker, edgier Robin Sparkles,” according to executive producer Carter Bays, as viewers learn “what dominoes had to fall to get her from there” to who she is today.
To help tell that story, the CBS sitcom has enlisted “a crazy lineup of people,” which includes musician k.d. lang and several Canadian athletes.
Thicke previously played Robin’s dad in the “Sandcastles in the Sand” music video, while Van Der Beek was her ex-boyfriend, Simon.
Don’t go eyeballing that booth at McLaren’s just yet, because Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshall will be back for another round.
After what is being described as a last-minute change-of-heart by How I Met Your Mother regular Jason Segel, CBS, 20th Century Fox TV, series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and the entire cast have reached a deal for the sitcom to return for a ninth season, our sister site Deadline reports.
The reported agreement comes in the midst of the final season of HIMYM‘s licensing deal with CBS and the last year of the current pacts for Carter/Bays and cast members Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie “No S.H.I.E.L.D. for Me Yet” Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris.
Neither CBS nor 20th Century Fox TV immediately responded to TVLine’s request for comment on the report.
Segel, as had been suspected, was the lone holdout among the ensemble, Deadline says, as his film career becomes more flush — and until today he had in fact decided to walk away from the show, leaving it “literally dead.” But, a source tells Deadline, “he just got turned around … at the last second.”
When TVLine spoke with Bays just last week, he said everyone was “right in the middle of” “white-knuckled, nail-biting” negotiations. Though he was unsure if there would be news to report prior to the Television Critics Association winter press tour taking place in January, he said, “We’re all very confident it will work out.”
With CBS giving up some ground on Mondays this fall — due to problems with the 8:30 time slot and facing formidable competition from a solid Voice and the buzzy Revolution (which combined to score NBC regular wins) — securing HIMYM for another season was a priority for the network.