Discussions between series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and CBS began last week on the topic of extending HIMYM for another season.
At the TCA press tour today, CBS president Nina Tassler confirmed today that conversations were underway to bringHow IMet Your Motherback in the 2013-2014 season. The show is going into Season 8 this fall, but now it seems Season 9 is increasingly likely.
Tassler said "They had an incredible year last year and we've got a great relationship with [series creators] Craig [Thomas] and Carter [Bays].
How I Met Your Mother of course has much more pressure than other sitcoms to tie up its overall storyline and Tassler said, "Certainly they have a very strategic wrap up for the show."
That being said, CBS obviously would like that wrap up to be held off at least another year and she also said Thomas and Bays "Want it back," before adding, "We're not there yet in terms of resolving the season. We're in early conversations and we're pretty optimistic."
A key element of bringing HIMYM back will be securing new contracts for all the talent, including Bays, Thomas and the cast, all of whom are under contract through the end of Season 8.
I really hope that they extend it another year. I know that the show has gone on for a long time without introducing the mother, but if we've waited this long I'm willing to wait another season so that we have a full year of getting to know the mother, with the final episode of Season 9 hopefully being Ted's wedding. This would also give them more time to bring Barney and Quinn's relationship to an end, and hopefully have Robin and Barney getting married in the Season 8 finale, as well as Ted meeting the mother.