The Bones TV series’ future is in doubt. FOX‘s Dana Walden said, during the TCA winter press tour, that a renewal is uncertain. If the show is to end with this current, 11th season, FOX wants it to go out strong, and satisfy the long-running show’s audience.
Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. The show is currently on winter hiatus and the second half season 11 has not yet been scheduled to air.
“We don’t want this show limping to an ending,” Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden said of the show at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California on Friday. “We want to send it out with style and class and the way it wants to be wrapped up … I don’t believe any of the practical elements of the production have been delayed. We hope to announce it soon.”
Walden said the network hasn’t “made a decision” yet about just when the show would end, but promised to give producers “plenty of time to write a meaningful ending.”
Deadline reports the decision should be made soon:
Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel need to re-up again, and I hear there have been some preliminary steps in that direction, a promising sign about efforts to extend the procedural. “We wouldn’t do the show without David and Emily,” Walden said after the session.
The decision will come down to 11 or 12 seasons for Bones. “It’s top of next-week business to start talking with the producers about whether this will be the end of its run or if it will go another season,” Walden said.
FOX has been sued by stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, and by executive producers, over accounting issues surrounding the series’ profits. Last week, FOX requested the disputes be moved to arbitration.
According to TV Line, the legal issues will not affect the network’s decision to cancel or renew Bones. However, Bones will not continue without both Boreanaz and Deschanel:
Regarding the ongoing legal battle between series leads David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel and 20th Century Fox over Bones profits, Walden said the dispute has “not resolved quite yet,” but noted its outcome would have no impact on the show’s renewal chances.
Walden ruled out the idea of continuing the series without Boreanaz and Deschanel. “We wouldn’t do the show without [both] David and Emily,” she maintained. “This is a conversation [about] continuing the series and announcing it as a final season in the 12th season, or whether we wrap it in the 11th.”
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What do you think? Are you a fan of the Bones TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 12th season?