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‘How I Met Your Mother’ may get ninth season

Josh Radnor, star of “How I Met Your Mother,” said the CBS series could be renewed for a ninth season, which would be its last.

On Sept. 24, the ensemble comedy — which features Mr. 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,” Ms. 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 show runners 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.)

Mr. 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.

Asked about a possible extension of “HIMYM,” Mr. Radnor told the Hollywood Reporter: “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, Mr. 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.

Jason Sudeikis returning to ‘Saturday Night’ cast

Mitt Romney and Joseph R. Biden might be chagrined to hear it, but “Saturday Night Live” fans will be thrilled to hear that Jason Sudeikis will be back when the show returns on Saturday.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has confirmed that the 36-year-old funnyman — who lampoons both politicians — has decided to return to the cast after a summer of silence on the matter.

When Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg announced their departures last spring, attention shifted to Mr. Sudeikis, whose contract was also up. In July, he hinted that he was leaning toward leaving, telling Men’s Journal, “It’s an amazing job and a horrible job. You really do serve the show. It’s just like playing in a community college. Everybody knows they’re not going to be there forever.”

With his return to “SNL,” Mr. Sudeikis will pair with Bill Hader as the two pillars of the show, guaranteeing that election season — which includes two prime-time specials — will include his presidential parodies.

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