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UPDATE: CBS renews How I Met Your Mother for Monday at 8:30 PM. Given the Britney shtick, there was never any doubt. And Neil Patrick Harris needs to win an Emmy.

I’m told that “bubble shows” won’t be notified by CBS until later today or early tomorrow. But in terms of renewals, a network source tells me that the producers of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother were “quietly given reassurance a couple weeks ago that their show would be back”. But I just received an email from a show insider saying, “The creators have never been given any real reassurance. Everyone has been progressing as if it would happen, but CBS has never said anything REAL. Doesn’t matter, just clarifying.” Maybe the HIMYM guys didn’t recognize the secret CBS handshake?

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