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No suspense this year: How I Met Your Mother is renewed

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 26th 2010 10:35AM
how_I_met_your_mother_couch_castIf you have ever worried that How I Met Your Mother might be canceled by CBS before the identity of "mother" is revealed, this bit of news should bring you great relief. CBS has renewed How I Met Your Mother for a sixth season. I give all fans of the comedy permission to join me now in a hearty "Hooray!"

In all seriousness, this is great news. Two years ago, a renewal for HIMYM wasn't a sure thing. The decision wasn't made until well into the spring. So, clearly, CBS has a new attitude about the Carter Bays-Craig Thomas creation, not to mention liking their work enough to give Bays-Thomas a rich new contract and the opportunity to make another sitcom.

From CBS's point of view, as much as Two and a Half Men is the anchor of Monday night and The Big Bang Theory is becoming more and more popular -- especially in the ratings -- now that it follows Men at 9:30, How I Met Your Mother is the sure-thing to kick off the night.

It took a while for Mother to settle -- and I'm still not sure it's truly an eight o'clock show -- but now it's like the bell ringing indicating the start of a night of TV viewing on CBS. What more would the network want? For a show that is often compared to Friends, at least at the start, How I Met Your Mother has lived up to its promise.

And how happy will we all be that the story of how Ted met the mother of his children will be told at the pace set by the writers and not by a network rushing a show to wrap it up.

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How I Met Your Mother" has all the makings of a generational hit show. It has a well balanced cast of characters sure to appeal to a wide range of viewers and an interesting mix of plot lines to keep the audience intrigued. The general premise of the show, a love story in reverse, is a truly novel and interesting take on the stereotypical network sitcom. Ted's journey to find the love of his life and get married has an interesting type of suspense, we already know he is married and has children 25 years in the future, so we have to wonder, with each new girl he meets, is she the one, much as Ted is doing himself. The added dimension of Robin being dangled in front of both Ted and the audience leads us through a series of cleverly crafted ups and downs with their relationship, always wanting them to end up together, much as we all wanted Ross and Rachel to end up together in the 90's, but knowing they can not if Robin is the children's "Aunt Robin".

Much as we all enjoyed following the life and times of everyone's favorite "Friends" through the 90's, and before them, going somewhere everybody knows your name with "Cheers", the characters of "How I Met Your Mother" will draw you in and leaving you craving more every time. The true brilliance of the concept is that the story is perfect to run either as long or as short as the ratings will allow, we have no idea when Ted actually met his wife, and the kids are early to mid teens 25 years in the future, giving the show the possibility of running 2 years or 10, it all depends on how long we enjoy the show and keep it alive.

Finally, a truly biased note here. In this day and age of more, faster, better, it is a wonderful feeling to find a show that is devoted to such a bohemian concept as true love. I personally revel in following the ups and downs of Ted's heart fluctuations and can very well relate. Its nice to find a show that can be this great combination of funny, romantic and serious all without missing a beat. I recommend a good healthy dose of "How I Met Your Mother" for anyone with a broken heart, a healing heart, a completed heart, or pretty much anyone with any type of heart (which is pretty much everyone but Barney), trust me, it will do you a world of good. Comment by http://cineload.net

February 24 2010 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don-Don

I would be just fine knowing next season will be the last, if they can put everything into making every episode awesome and full of lore, callbacks, playing with time.

January 26 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake

I'm pleased, but its enough already. Show us the mother next season!

January 26 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

Gravy! I'm sure getting that first Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Show helped as did the recent People's Choice Award for Alyson Hannigan. Not to mention that NPH just keeps getting more and more popular every year.

Would've liked it even more if they worked about a multi-season renewal/deal, but I won't get too greedy.

January 26 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

HOORAY!

January 26 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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