6:52am PT by Erin Carlson
'How I Met Your Mother' Star Josh Radnor Addresses a Possible Ninth (and Final) Season
How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor says the CBS series could be renewed for a ninth season, which would be its last.
On Sept. 24, the ensemble comedy -- which features Radnor as hopelessly romantic, perpetually unlucky-in-love architect Ted Mosby -- launches season eight, coming into the second year of a two-season renewal.
At the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in July, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler addressed the series' recent ratings boost and subsequent chatter about an early renewal for a ninth installment.
"They know we want the show to come back next year, we're having conversations right now," Tassler told journalists. "We're not there yet in terms of resolving the season, we're in early conversations and we're pretty optimistic."
(Earlier this year, co-creators and showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas acknowledged that they've hatched a strategy to end HIMYM, with the mother of Ted's children finally revealed, but said giving the series a fixed end date, Lost-style, wasn't a high priority.)
Radnor was in New York City this week promoting his latest film, Liberal Arts, which he wrote and directed and also stars in alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Richard Jenkins. (Like Ted, his character is a hyper-articulate, somewhat stunted thirtysomething prone to nostalgia. See THR's review here.)
Asked about a possible extension of HIMYM, Radnor told THR: "So many things have to drop into place for that to happen. They really need to figure it out because the writers need to know. They're the pressing issue right now because they have to figure out if they're wrapping up the show at the end of season eight or season nine. (We've) just very recently been approached about that and we really can't say either way right now."
As for the eighth season, Radnor said he didn't know whether the main focus would be on Ted's love life since the Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) situation has been resolved with the revelation that the two get married.
"We still have to show how Barney and Robin got to the altar, and Marshall and Lily have a kid, so there's a lot going on in How I Met Your Mother-land," he said.
Radnor, meanwhile, teased that Victoria, aka Cupcake Girl (Ashley Williams), who hooked up with Ted in the first season and returned six years later to profess her feelings in the season-seven finale, has been a fixture on the set since the show began production last month.
"She's amazing. I've been so blessed by this parade of incredible actresses that have come through," he said. "And Ashley, we really laugh and just enjoy being around each other. She's in a bunch. She's been in I think every episode we've shot so far."