'How I Met Your Mother': Robin-Barney wedding coming this season, Season 9 deal still not finalized
The as-yet-unfinished news is that a deal for a ninth season of the show still isn't done.
Regarding the wedding, Thomas said on a conference call Tuesday (Jan. 29) that Robin ( Cobie Smulders) and Barney ( Neil Patrick Harris) will tie the knot by the end of this season. In the episode "Band or DJ" that aired earlier this month, the show finally pegged the wedding date as May 25, 2013, and Thomas says the writers are sticking to it.
"That will definitely happen. We are heading toward a set date," Thomas says. "We set it on TV, and we will stick to it. We've been seeing glimpses of this wedding for like three years -- we have to get there already, right?"
As for Season 9, despite CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler's assertion on Jan. 12 that negotiations would be resolved "in a very few days," a renewal has yet to be announced. Thomas believes it will happen soon.
"A deal like this is a big deal, and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves," he says. "But we'd be surprised if a deal weren't done shortly and we didn't have an announcement to make pretty soon. So we feel confident about it, but we're still waiting."
Smulders, for her part, hopes a deal comes together too: "It's the greatest job on the planet, so it would be nice if it continued.
"We all love each other, and we want what's best for everybody," she adds, referring to her co-stars. "And like I said, it's an amazing job and an amazing opportunity. Hopefully it all works out."
"How I Met Your Mother" airs at 8 p.m. ET Mondays on CBS. Next week's episode features a newly uncovered song by Robin Sparkles -- look for more on the episode in the coming days on Zap2it.