It's not exactly a surprise, but CBS announced it has reached an agreement for one more season of "How I Met Your Mother."
All of the cast members Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan will be back, and series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will return for the final season.
And, at long last, we'll learn the identity of the mother.
For most of its run, "HIMYM" has been among the best comedies on TV. It has been showing its age of late, and the announcement that it's coming to an end isn't bad news, given that they'll have a full season to wrap up the continuing storylines.
The network released these statements: "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, [executive producer] 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."