The fate of long running procedural Bones has finally been put to bed with an announcement from FOX bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman today.
The show will officially return for a final season, consisting of 12 episodes that will round out the 12th season — and bring the episode tally to an impressive and final 246 episodes.
“In times like these, marked by instability and doubt, it’s comforting to know the world can count on at least one dependable beacon of stability,” said show creator Hart Hanson in a statement today. “Apparently, that beacon is Bones. It just shows what you can do with an amalgam of genius cast, amazing crew, cunning writers, stalwart studio, sweat, a tough economy, a mercurial network, determination, luck, magic, miracles and the most loyal audience in the world.”
“This is for the fans! Thank you to everyone at Fox and, of course, Dana and Gary – for all your support,” said series star and producer David Boreanaz. “Thank you to Hart, Stephen, Ian [Toynton], Michael and Jonathan. Also to the crew and cast for their countless support along the way! And I couldn’t have done it without you, Emily!”
“I am thrilled the show will have the ending it deserves for all of our amazing, loyal fans!,” added series star and producer Emily Deschanel.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have another season, so we can give the show, characters and fans the end they so richly deserve,” said executive producers and showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson. “Also knowing there is a Season 12, we can now write the most rewarding Season 11 finale possible – one we hope will leave our fans excited for what’s to come in this final season of Bones.”
“Bones has been part of the fabric of our network and studio for over a decade, and during that time it has attracted one of the most devoted fan bases we’ve ever seen. So it was extremely important to us and to Hart, the producers and the cast that we send the show off in a way that gives those loyal fans a meaningful and satisfying conclusion,” said Walden and Newman. “We’d like to thank Emily and David for anchoring this extraordinary group of talented people, as well as Hart, Stephen Nathan, Barry Josephson and this season’s showrunners, Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier, for delivering such an incredible series season after season.”
Bones continues its 11th season, picking up the latest stoyline involving Hodgins paralyzing bomb-blast injury on Thursday, April 14 at 8/7c on FOX.