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.
Here's what CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in a statement.
"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. We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pamela 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."
20th Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman also released a statement.
"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. 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.