'How I Met Your Mother' negotiations: Jason Segel 'unlikely' to sign for Season 9

jason-segel-how-i-met-your-mother-season-9-talks.jpgIf this season of "How I Met Your Mother" is to be its last, the show's writers will need to know soon so they can set the show's final stories in motion.

So it's no surprise to hear that after a quiet period earlier this fall, negotiations for a ninth season have picked up recently. Deadline reports 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the series, is talking with CBS about a renewal at the same time it's discussing new contracts for creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and the show's five stars.

One of those stars, Jason Segel, is "unlikely" to return for another season, Deadline says. Thomas said at the start of the season that he and Bays would "never ever" want to continue the show without all five regulars, which would seem to point toward an ending this season.

On the other hand, Segel hasn't said an unequivocal no to a ninth season of "HIMYM," and CBS may need the show enough to make it worthwhile for the actors to return.

If negotiations for a ninth season fail, though, we can probably expect to hear word of "How I Met Your Mother" wrapping up within the next few weeks.
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