It’s been an unusual year for “Bones,” which has been on and off the Fox schedule after production on this seventh season was disrupted by star Emily Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy (which was written into the show). Even though they’re now back on course, there have been some questions about the show’s fate.
Series creator Hart Hanson cast aside any doubts and addressed the future of the series.
“There are rumors that they’d like to pick us up for two seasons, we’ll see,” he told The Hollywood Reporter Thursday. “But I feel very, very confident about Season 8. If I think about Season 9, my head starts to hurt.”
“There’s always the business side…” he later added, “but in many ways, Bones is Fox’s most successful hour-long scripted drama.”
Producers are so confident that they will get a renewal, in fact, that they have boldly planned a Season 7 cliffhanger: “There will be a large cliff that people will be hanging from,” executive producer Stephen Nathan teased to Deadline. “It’ll change the course, certainly the beginning, of season 8.”
Fans can look forward to the 13 new episodes that complete this season, which returns April 2, and then there are an additional four mystery episodes that have also been shot. When will they air? “We don’t know when,” says Hanson, who adds they must exist on their own, outside of this season’s storyline arc. Whether they run perhaps over summer or tacked onto next season is still unknown. “As a result, they’re weird,” Hanson adds to THR. “We kind of did some weird things.”
Hanson, Nathan and cast members Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin and John Francis Daley were on hand for the annual Paley Festival in Los Angeles, where they teased some plot points, like…will there be a wedding? “If they ever get married, we’ll see a wedding,” Nathan says.
The “Bones” bunch also made a point of clarifying just how Booth and Brennan’s new baby — the super sleuthers finally hooked up after six seasons of sexual tension — will, or won’t, affect the dynamic of the show.
“It’s still Bones — we don’t want to give the impression we’re doing Parenthood,” Nathan said to Deadline. “There will still be someone who is dead and revolting, and they will try to figure out who did it. They will have to figure out how to deal with this baby while they deal with these murders.”
As previously reported, Fox is bumping “Bones” from its cushy spot on Thursday nights to a new night (yet again), airing Mondays at 8/7c, with “House” shifting to 9/8c, beginning April 2.
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