CBS renews 'How I Met Your Mother' -- with full cast -- for season 9

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CBS has renewed its veteran comedy, "How I Met Your Mother," for a somewhat surprising season 9. Fortunately for the continuity of the fairly serialized sitcom, all of the cast members -- including Jason Segel -- have agreed to return for at least one more year.

As first reported by Deadline.com, "HIMYM" is unofficially set for another season thanks to negotiations with the cast and producers working out positively for CBS. Cast deals were finalized just before a Friday (Dec. 21) deadline, despite rumors that Segel was unwilling to continue on the show.

Currently in the final year of contracts and the show's license deal with the network, the future of "How I Met Your Mother" always depended on the cooperation of those involved. The show's executive producers, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, have been pushing for an early decision on renewal -- something necessary in a show that has to find the titular "mother" before the final episode.

Segel, who has begun a successful film career during the series' 8-year run, had reportedly been reluctantly to commit to a 9th year. Since the actor plays one half of a committed, happy couple, it would be tough to continue without him. Reports indicate that the rest of the cast's desire to continue may have influenced Jason Segel to re-sign.

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