End date set for ‘How I Met Your Mother’

TV-Met Your Mother
This undated image released by CBS shows, from left, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders in a scene from "How I Met Your Mother." The sitcom will air its ninth and final season next fall and will at last answer the question about who the mom is, the network said Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. That would be the mystery woman with whom Ted, played by Josh Radnor, ultimately has a family. (AP Photo/CBS, Cliff Lipson)

It’s been a long road for Ted, Barney, Lily, Robin and Marshall. A remarkable nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother. (about six more than anyone projected). Well, we can now see the finish line. CBS announced today that the sitcom will end with a special one-hour finale on March 31.

That means a total revamp of the network’s Monday night lineup.

The finale of HIMYM will air just before the debut of Friends with Better Lives, a new ensemble comedy starring Kevin Connolly (Entourage), James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and the beauteous Brooklyn Decker.

Beginning April 14, the new CBS schedule will run four sitcoms – 2 Broke Girls, Friends with Better Lives, Mike & Molly and Mom – before Intelligence, the hour-long espionage drama starring Josh Holloway (Lost). Intelligence bows next month, on January 7.

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