Since Season 9 will be "How I Met Your Mother's" last, expect to see a few familiar faces returning when the CBS comedy premieres on Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET.
The final season will take place entirely over the weekend of Barney and Robin's wedding, and what would a Barney Stinson soiree be without his half-brother, James (Wayne Brady), in attendance? Brady confirmed that he will be returning to "How I Met Your Mother" for Season 9 via Twitter, implying a multi-episode arc.
Just got back from my 1st HIMYM fitting of the season! Can't wait to shoot on Wed! You may be seeing a little more "James" this season! Yes!
— Wayne Brady (@waynebrady) July 8, 2013
The singular setting for the final season is one of one of many changes the creators apparently plan to implement next year. Creator Craig Thomas promised, "It's going to be a new way to tell the story. You're never going to mistake a Season 9 episode from one of the previous eight."
"This is the final lap, so there's no more withholding of fun ideas," he added. "There's something very carpe diem about it. We're going for it and looking to not leave anything on the field. I hope that means these remaining episodes will be great."
In addition to letting us get to know the show's titular mother -- introduced in the Season 8 finale as played by Cristin Milioti -- this year, the show is also headed to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, where cast members Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan will participate in a Q&A for fans with executive producers Thomas, Carter Bays and Pamela Fryman.
Wayne Brady can also be seen on The CW's upcoming revival of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" premiering July 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
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