"How I Met Your Mother": Will it be back for another season?

From left, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor on "How I Met Your Mother." CBS

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang could be back for another year at MacLaren's Pub.

A CBS spokesperson told CBSNews.com on Monday that the deal hasn't been finalized yet but noted that when it is, an official announcement will be made.

And many signs are pointing to a return. According to Entertainment Weekly, the cast members Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan are very close to signing on for a ninth season.

Deadline first reported the news, noting that another year is "secure."

CBS has been dropping hints about an additional season throughout the year.

Over the summer, CBS' entertainment president Nina Tassler said, "We're having conversations right now about extending it, we want the show to come back next year. We're still in early conversations. We're not there yet in terms of resolving the situation, but we're pretty optimistic."

Last week, CBS aired a special one-hour, two-part episode, which ended with Barney (Harris) and Robin (Smulders) getting engaged.

In a December interview with EW, executive producer/co-creator Craig Thomas suggested that more episodes could follow the current season, which will pick up again in early 2013.

"If Barney and Robin have gotten to the place we've always promised and are heading toward a wedding potentially, what's in store for Ted?...Hopefully people will feel a feeling of resolution, in terms of waiting for Barney and Robin to reunite, but also a question left unanswered," said Thomas. "Stay tuned for what either will be the final 10 episodes ever of the show or possibly that plus one more final season. We don't know yet."

"How I Met Your Mother" airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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