STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — CBS Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television announced Wednesday “How I Met Your Mother” will return for a ninth and final season.

“Through eight years, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch phrases,” CBS Entertainment President, Nina Tassler, said in a statement.

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All the series regulars — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas — are expected to return for the 2013-2014 season.

“We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans,” Tassler said.

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The Emmy-nominated series, which premiered in Sept. 2005, is currently in its eighth season.

“Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are masterful and hilarious storytellers, and we have no doubt that they will guide one of the greatest comedies of the last decade to a gratifying conclusion when they finally reveal the identity of the mother,” Chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, said.

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Throughout its history, “How I Met Your Mother” has ranked among television’s top programs.