Yesterday, we reported Bones executive producer Barry Josephson has filed suit against 20th Century Fox Corporation, Fox Broadcasting Company, and Fox Entertainment Group, over accounting practices and alleged cancellation threats. Now, the long running TV series’ co-stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel have followed suit — by filing suit.
According to a Deadline report, Boreanaz, Deschanel, and executive producer Kathleen Reichs (the forensic anthropologist who wrote the Temperance Brennan novels upon which the TV show is based) “are going after the broadcaster too for ‘tens of millions’ they claim they are owed.”
Deadline cites the legal complaint (emphasis ours):
“The documents that 20th TV did provide confirmed Plaintiffs’ suspicions and showed that they were being cheated out of more than $100 million in gross revenues and being overcharged many additional millions of dollars in alleged expenses,” the jury-trial complaint adds of the plaintiffs fight to get a look at true accounting of Bones after not getting anything in profits for several seasons.
“When 20th TV finally did engage with Plaintiffs in the fifth and sixth seasons of the Series, it did so under the threat of cancelling the Series unless Plaintiffs accepted its non-negotiable license fee figure, and then concealed material information about the true value of that figure,” Monday’s filing asserts, again in specifics very similar to what Josephson stated in his own complaint last week — all of which might see these cases share the same judge or jury if the courts think that they are related enough.
Deadline has archived the filing, here. If you give it a look, notice (on page three) that over the course of the series, FOX has scheduled Bones in “seven different times periods spanning five different nights.” Even for a TV series in its eleventh season, that number of moves seems staggering.
As previously reported, while the new showrunner wants a 12th season of Bones, Boreanaz is looking forward to leaving the show after season 11 concludes production. When FOX will air the second half of season 11 is still up in the air.
What do you think? Have you followed Bones through the years, to all its many time-slots? Do you think the Bones TV show will be cancelled after season 11? Would you like to see Bones renewed for season 12?