FX Nabs Rights to 'How I Met Your Mother' Reruns

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The sitcom, whose cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan, is likely to bow in the fall.

A month after being picked up for two additional seasons on CBS, How I Met Your Mother has found a new off-network home: FX.

Sources said the cable network has inked a deal with Twentieth TV for rights to the hit comedy, which will likely bow in September. The six-year deal, now in its sixth season, is believed to encompass all six seasons of the show as well as Seasons 7 and 8.
FX and Twentieth declined comment.

It is the second syndication cycle for Mother, which continues to perform strongly on CBS. Lifetime nabbed rights to the show in 2008 for about $725,000 an episode. The cable network started airing the show -- starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor -- in September as part of its four-year deal, but the show has underwhelmed on the network. It is assumed that there will be a financial benefit to Lifetime as part of the new pact.

FX currently airs repeats of Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men, which have done well for the cabler. The network will likely pair Mother with Men -- the two shows have a significant audience overlap -- as it looks to build up its comedy arsenal.

FX chief John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter last month that it had no plans to scale back on airing the Charlie Sheen comedy in the wake of the actor's recent issues.

"Ironically, one of the episodes that aired recently was the fifth-highest-rated episode we've ever had of the show," he said.
The News Corp.-owned network recently ordered a third season of animated comedy Archer, upping that show's order to 16 episodes.  And FX executives are looking to add a sixth comedy with Townies, from Sunny writers David Hornsby, Scott Marder and Rob Rosell, likely to get that nod.

Mother is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.