'How I Met Your Mother' Renewed for Final Season

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January 30th, 2013

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All Series Regulars to Return for Final Season, Where Audiences Will Finally Meet the Mother


CBS Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television announced today that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER will return for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.  All series regulars – Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – will return for the final season, where audiences will final learn the identity of the Mother.

"Through eight years, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch phrases,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans.”


"We‘re thrilled to have the entire and incredibly talented HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER cast back for one final season to bring the series to a proper close,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television.  “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."


Premiering in September 2005 and currently in its eighth season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has been a signature part of CBS's top-rated Monday comedy block. Throughout its history, it has ranked among television’s top programs in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.  Last year, in its seventh season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER delivered its highest ratings ever in viewers and key demographics.  This year, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is averaging 9.75 million viewers, 4.0/11 in adults 18-49, 4.4/11in adults 25-5 and 3.7/12 in adults 18-34.


Among the numerous awards and nominations bestowed on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, the series was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and won the 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy.  For his role as Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris has been nominated for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Emmy Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, nominated for the 2009 and 2010 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and 2012.  For her role as Lily Aldrin, Alyson Hannigan won the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.


HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.  Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pamela Fryman, Chris Harris, Stephen Lloyd, Chuck Tatham and Kourtney Kang are Executive Producers.


  • Dan

    @Whatever – That’s probably the plan. If the show was ending this May, the creators probably would have revealed the mother. But since it’s not the finale. the mother may not be revealed until the next season premiere to build up suspense. A definite renewal or cancellation was necessary for the upcoming finale so the writers can make the changes.

    Now the fans can sleep knowing exactly when the show will come to a close.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    I still wish Robin is the mother, even though it’s impossible :(

  • GARY

    @Amy. Didn’t see the pilot, it was later in season one.

  • Ritchie

    I guess we will have to wait until next year for the intervention.

  • Alan

    I wish The CW could do that with Supernatural. It’s getting ridiculous.

  • fabrice

    I still wish Robin is the mother and if they want it , the producers and scenarists could do it.
    The question will be : the kids and Ted himself call her “Aunt Robin” , Okay .
    an other solution is that Robin will return with Ted after he will have his childrens with the Mother and in 2030 Ted is married with Robin (after 40 years old)

  • network tv is boring

    Yeah, it’s final season…..Can’t wait to see what stupid show replaces it. In new entertainment news, nielsen decided to lower the valuable age group from 18-49 to 12-43, the reason because the can do whatever they want. Lexus spokesperson was ok with news, the younger the better….

    In other news, the groundhog will see his shadow….

  • Alex

    A couple years ago, they said the current season would be the last. CBS said it, producers said it. And now this. I’m very disappointed. I stopped watching it a long time ago. It stopped being funny. Plots became repetitive and highly endogamic. Plus you cannot just hold on the mother premise for so long. I will tune in for the finale, as many many other people will do, but that’s it.

  • David Howell

    When was the last announced final season for a CBS show? All three other main networks have had one recently, though House’s wasn’t announced until midseason (Desperate Housewives and The Office the two with full final seasons immediately springing to mind), and the CW is of course infamous for it.

    But as many have said, not the CBS way. They want to run their hit shows as hard as possible for every syndication dollar they can get. Not a bad strategy either, as we’ve seen.

  • Chris

    1)Robin is not the mother, and they told us that in the pilot.

    2)Somebody elsewhere suggested Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and she’d be great. The only problem being how to explain why she wants to bear Ted’s children.

    3)I think it’s a rip if they don’t show the courtship.

    4)I think casting an unknown would be a mistake, unless it’s an unknown on her way to being a star.

    It’s going to be a real challenge, this final season, and I wonder if they’re up to it. The show stayed funny a long time, but it’s definitely lost a lot of punch this season. They have no choice but to end it, and hopefully on a high note.

  • K_Will

    Robin is the mom as far as I’m concerned.

  • Holly


    So we’re just ignoring the facts that future-Ted calls her “Aunt Robin,” that she can’t have kids, and that she’s marrying Barney?

  • Timmy G

    All logic and interviews have made it clear that Robin is not the mother, yet Carter and Craig keep coming back to the Ted/Robin relationship. Is she the mother? In a parallel universe maybe…there’s definitely a reason why they won’t let that relationship permanently die. Some sort of weird loop hole. I guess we’ll find out soon enough now.

    They’ll play with the language they’ve been using so far is some unique way. So basically there’s a 99.9 percent certainty that Robin isn’t the mother, but at the same time I wouldn’t be shocked at all if somehow these two ended up together. Annoyed, perhaps, but not surprised.

  • Jenna

    Can you imagine how many people are going to watch the episode they reveal the mother in? Whether or not its the finale doesn’t matter because CBS will put commercials out there for the “big reveal.” All of the hardcore fans will of course watch, but all of the people who watch reruns or who used to watch it at some point are going to tune in. I am really curious as to what the numbers will be!

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