The truth is coming out at TCA winter press tour. EP Hart Hanson confirmed FOX cancelled Bones. It was not the creative team’s decision to end the long-running procedural series. Although star Emily Deschanel echoed his sentiment, it seems David Boreanaz remained mum on the cancellation.
Variety reports Hanson said, “It wasn’t our decision. We were told it was our last year. It wasn’t that we called that network and said, ‘We’d like to finish now’. I’m not sure anyone is terribly upset or terribly shocked that it’s our last year.” Bones first premiered on FOX September 13, 2005.
About the Bones TV Show Cancellation
According to the report, Deschanel said, “It wasn’t our decision.” She also added, “We had a really good run!” Finally, Deschanel teased that Bones’ 12th and final season ends in a “very satisfying way.”
Deadline reports on the issue a bit more in depth, and with more of a bite. Check it out.
Creator Hart Hanson said he fought with Fox for the entire life of the series. “We were on the bubble all the time,” he said. “We were angry all the time, calling the network asking for more promos. I was furious with the [move to] Friday announcement; I felt it was just telling” TV critics the show was toast. “I had huge fights with [longtime scheduling chief] Preston Beckman, who is not someone you want to fight with. He is tough!” Hanson remembered with a shudder. (Beckman was part of the old Fox regime, which moved Bones around the schedule, including to Fridays in Season 9.)
“Our fans were loud and passionate and very opinionated, and they would follow us,” he said, crediting viewers with keeping the show on the air so long despite the best effort of network execs. The show outlasted four network chiefs and 20 timeslots, Hanson boasted, acknowledging that at some point he struck a “go ahead and try to kill us” attitude.
“The cockroaches of Fox,” he said, lovingly.
What do you think? How do you feel about FOX cancelling the Bones TV show? Should the network have renewed it for season 13?