After lengthy negotiations, Fox has finalised a renewal for veteran procedural crime drama Bones – which will return in the fall for its eleventh season.
The last minute renewal comes just ahead of the network’s upfront presentation in New York City next week. A steady ratings performer, Bones had long been considered a no-brainer for a pick up but, as with ABC’s Castle, the fact that series co-leads (Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz) deals were up this season complicated matters.
Talks had been happening between the two actors and studio 20th Century Fox Television for quite some time and finally closed earlier this week, with both Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz on-board for next season. The rest of the core cast have also signed on for next season, which may well be the show’s final one (though Fox would not confirm that at this stage).
In addition to re-signing Deschanel and Boreanaz, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television have also closed deals with Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson which will see the pair, who have been with show since 2011, serve as showrunners on the new season. They replace Stephen Nathan who took over the showrunner reins from Bones creator Hart Hanson last season.
Fox has now made calls on most of their existing line-up. The network previously handed out renewals to Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, Empire, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Bob’s Burgers and The Last Man On Earth; and cancelled Red Band Society, Glee and The Mindy Project. Mulaney, The Following, Weird Loners and Backstrom are expected to be officially cancelled later today.