Bones is coming to an end, just not straight away.
FOX has renewed the procedural for an abbreviated 12th and final season, a decision that will enable producers to map out a “meaningful and satisfying conclusion,” according to Fox Co-Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
In what is essentially a renewal and a delayed cancellation, Bones Season 12 will air its 12 episodes in the 2016-17 season, before heading off into the TV afterlife.
Executive producers and showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson, said via joint statement:
“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. 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.”
Added series creator Hart Hanson:
“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. 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.”
Stay tuned for any potential updates should Bones one day be revived for Season 13…