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“How I Met Your Mother” Reportedly To Return For 9th Season

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It looks like “How I Met Your Mother” will likely return for Season 9 after all.

The hit sitcom’s future has been in doubt amid contract negotiations, with Jason Segel reportedly not expected to sign for another year and the show’s other stars and producers up in the air as well.

But multiple outlets report that discussions have led the cast, creative team and CBS to the brink of a deal to return for the 2013-14 TV season.

While it has not been finalized, a ninth “How I Met Your Mother” year — with the central quintet of characters intact — is reportedly on track after last-minute negotiations.

CBS will not officially announce its fall schedule until May, but the unique mythology behind the “How I Met Your Mother” story meant the network and producers wanted to know as early as possible whether to prepare for a series finale this spring.

It now seems like Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders will return for one more year.

Maybe we’ll even find out who the “mother” is.

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