Don’t do it, Jason.
As many of you may already know, there’s been talk of How I Met Your Mother being renewed for a ninth season, even after the series showrunners (and the cast) insisted last year that this would be the final season, that Ted would meet the mother, and that we could all finally let the once great series go and move on with our lives. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to the new viewers that reruns of HIMYM have brought in over the past few years on syndication, the CBS series is a rare sitcom whose ratings have actually increased past its sixth year. Now, the greedy bastards on CBS want to bring it back for ANOTHER final season. Contract negotiations are currently underway between CBS and the showrunners, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, as well as with the cast.
Who will put his foot down to prevent the travesty of a ninth season?
Hopefully, it will be Jason Segel, the one man with enough going on in his career to happily walk away. The contract situation on How I Met Your Mother is shaping up to be like the 10th and final season of NBC’s Friends. The hold-up on a 10th season of Friends was Jennifer Aniston, whose feature career had taken off and who had very much wanted to leave the sitcom. In the end, however, she agreed to a 10th season mostly because she was paid an obscene amount of money, and because she didn’t want to let the rest of the cast — her friends over the last nine years — down.
Jason Segel, on the other hand, needs to let the rest of his cast down. Sure, the other cast members could also put the kibosh on a lucrative deal, and they all will likely have a decent post-HIMYM careers. To wit: Alyson Hannigan will be fine; she’ll land another sitcom. Cobie Smulders still has The Avengers (and could even sign on to the S.H.I.E.L.D. show if HIMYM ends), Neil Patrick Harris could make a career of hosting every awards show on television for all time ever (and I’d be OK with that), and Josh Radnor, well, he makes movies (good movies, too, it’s just that no one sees them). They’d all be fine, but none of them will ever see the kind of money that CBS is about to throw at them. They’re going to say yes to another season because, financially and for the sake of their careers’, it would be dumb not to. The creative quality of HIMYM is probably not as high a priority to them as a milking the show for every last cent while they can. After all, CBS has profited mightily off of them , so why not?
Jason Segel, on the other hand, can continue to get that kind of money in feature films.
It’s up to him to prevent a ninth season.
So listen, Jason. I know there will be a lot of pressure to sign a deal. Much of that pressure may come from your own cast members, cast members who you probably consider family now. But you need to do it for them, too, because they may not be able to see that How I Met Your Mother is truly awful this season. The highlights of this season haven’t been episodes, the highlights have been scenes in episodes, and even those are few and far between. The only thing somewhat compelling about the show at this point is Barney and Robin’s romance, and WE KNOW HOW THAT ENDS ALREADY.