‘How I Met Your Mother’ season 8: Decision on show’s future imminent

How I Met Your MotherWill a “How I Met Your Mother” season 9 happen? Next to the answer to “who is the mother,” this is what viewers (including us) have been losing our minds over ever since the season started up in the fall. This is not an easy decision for anyone involved to make, though; even if all of the actors are indeed interested in returning, there are still a plethora of issues to be worked out including salaries, scheduling, and even extending some other contracts that you would not think about.

As Deadline reports, December is really the month where these decisions need to be made. If 20th Century Fox TV and CBS want to give the show the ending that Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have planned out, they need to make some decisions pretty soon on whether or not they want to have a ninth and final season, or if this is going to be the end. “House” was in a similar position on Fox last year, and they ultimately made the choice to end the Hugh Laurie show in enough time that an appropriate conclusion could be reached.

At this very moment, it is difficult to see what the problem for renewing the show could be. The ratings have been down this year, but seems to be thanks more to “The Voice” than anything else, as CBS’ entire lineup has dropped in numbers. Even with that, “How I Met Your Mother” still is a solid performer, and the cast has all expressed at least some sort of interest in returning; while Jason Segel has been a little less vocal at times, he said that he is on board with making sure the story is seen through.

Would you be okay with “How I Met Your Mother” ending this season, or do you think it needs to return next year, even for just 13 episodes to tie together the story? If you want to watch a preview for Monday night’s installment, you can do so over at the link here.

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