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Q&A: CBS working to bring 'How I Met Your Mother' back for a ninth season

CBS optimistic about 'Mother'

I am a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother. I read that the show and CBS are still in talks about going into Season 9. If this turns out to be the last season for the show, how far in advance do the producers need to have an agreement with CBS for a Season 9 so that the show can be written to a proper conclusion, considering the continuing story line that the show has?

At the TV critics press tour in July, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler was asked just that question, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. She said CBS would like the show back for a ninth season.

"Well, we're not there yet in terms of resolving the season," Tassler said. "We're in early conversations, and we're pretty optimistic."

So that doesn't really answer your question, but shows are usually in production through late March or early April, so CBS has some time. A decision probably needs to be made by sometime in February, sooner if the goal is to wrap up stories in more than just a couple of episodes.

'Smash' to return, 'Missing' won't

Two of my favorite shows from last season are Smash and Missing. Are there new episodes planned for this fall? If so, when will they begin?

Smash, which follows the creation of a Broadway musical, returns to NBC with a two-hour premiere on Feb. 5, at 9 p.m. Among the stars in the ensemble cast are Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee and Angelica Huston.

Missing, which starred Ashley Judd as a retired CIA agent being drawn back into the intrigue, was canceled in May after just 10 episodes.

'Hot' to come back Nov. 28

Will TV Land be showing Hot in Cleveland again this year? It is a favorite of mine. I like the way those four girls interact. Yes, I know Betty White's age and wonder how she still manages to seem like one of the girls.

Hot in Cleveland returns to TV Land with new episodes at 10 p.m. Nov. 28.

Future of 'Little Couple' unclear

Do you have any information on whether The Little Couple on TLC is still running or has been canceled? It hasn't been on in a while.

No decision has been announced by TLC on the future of the reality show The Little Couple. For five seasons the show has followed the lives of Bill Klein and Jen Arnold, a married couple from Houston who both are under 4 feet tall.

'Lost Girl' is back in January

Is Syfy bringing back Lost Girl for a third season? When?

The series, starring Anna Silk, will be back sometime in January for a 13-episode season.

Q&A: CBS working to bring 'How I Met Your Mother' back for a ninth season 11/12/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:26pm]

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