CBS on Monday gave an early thumbs-up to "How I Met Your Mother" and added two more comedy pilots to its development roster.
As TV MoJoe first reported via Twitter (follow: @tvmojoe -- it's free!), CBS gave the "HIMYM" team a late holiday gift with the sixth-season renewal.
The move, while not unexpected, defies the Eye's usual habit of not doing things until they absolutely have to -- particularly when it comes to "HIMYM."
It also coincides with the "HIMYM" brain trust hitting the market with a new half-hour comedy project that was written on spec and being shopped to the networks. Perhaps CBS wants to make sure producer 20th Century Fox TV knows how much it loves the "HIMYM" guys?
CBS already had multiyear deals in place for future seasons of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men."
Meanwhile, the network greenlit two more comedies Monday, including one from "Chuck" co-creator Josh Schwartz:
Warner Bros. TV
EP/W: Josh Schwartz, Matt Miller
Logline: A (twentysomething) newlywed couple, surrounded by their family and friends, is still learning about each other.
Untitled Tad Quill (CBS Television Studios)
EP: Tad Quill
Logline: A widower father raises his 12-year-old son while jumping back into the dating pool.