The series' unexpected ratings rejuvenation last season renewed interest from both sides in extending its run beyond the upcoming eighth season CBS already committed to, but that could be tough given all the dealmaking that needs to get done: Contracts for creators and exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas don't extend beyond the 2012-13 season, nor do deals for any of the five stars. CBS' two-year license deal with 20th expires next May as well. Reps for CBS, 20th and Bays and Carter declined to comment.
At this point, sources caution CBS and 20th have engaged in only preliminary talks, with no timetable in place for getting all these deals wrapped up. But the good news for "Mother" fans is that they're even talking about the future, which wasn't the case until relatively recently.
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