Bones is the longest running one-hour show on the Fox network. It has been a decade since it debuted on September 13, 2005 and for the entire decade, it has been one of the most reliable staple shows on the network. The show has managed to gather one of the strongest fan bases on the television. So, it is only natural that fans will be thrilled to know that the show has been renewed for season 12, and will be returning in 2016. But, it will be returning to say a final goodbye. Yes, the twelfth season of the show will be its last season.
The one delightful news to the audience is that the producers and showmakers feel that the loyal customer base of the TV series has been with the show through thick and thin. They have spent one long decade with each other, and have established an emotional bond together. Therefore, they wish to ensure that the loyal fans deserve a great ending for their favorite show. The showmakers have promised that the twelfth season will be the most satisfying to the audience. Also, they noted that since it has been finally decided that the show will end with the twelfth season, they can now focus on writing the most remarkable finale for the eleventh season as well.
Presently, the show is on a hiatus and will have its spring premiere on April 14, 2016. As for the final season, it will be comprised of 11 episodes, instead of the usual 22 episodes. The producers feel that this will not put overdue stress on the show makers to ensure that the final season is great for all the episodes. With only 11 season to focus on, they can make it great, just the way they want.
Although it is nice that everything sounds so great and provide closure about the move to end it with the twelfth season, things under the surface are not as smooth as they look. Barry Josephson, who is one of the executive producers of the show, filed a massive lawsuit against Fox, the last November. In his lawsuit, he claims that he has not been paid a share of his profits from the series that was promised to him. Within a few days of his lawsuit, the lead actors, Deschanel and Boreanaz, as well as the author, Kathy Reichs followed his example and filed lawsuits against Fox. This has shaken up the whole set up pretty bad.
Despite the lawsuits, Fox TV Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden, has offered that the decision of the network to end the series was not influenced by the lawsuits at all. She said that it was done to give the loyal fans of the series an immensely satisfying ending that they so truly deserve. It was also done to ensure that everyone involved with the project got a respectful send off. Although Dana refers to Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, when she talks about giving a good send off, they aren’t the only ones departing from the show. David Boreanaz, who plays the lead role of FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, and Emily Deschanel, who plays the role of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, were the first to be cast in the show, and have been with it ever since. However, their 11-year contract with Fox expired with the eleventh season. Now, Dana says that the network’s decision to end the show is not affected by the lawsuits it is facing from the actors. But, considering the fact that their contract has ended, it would not be too far-fetched to take her word with a grain, scratch that, a bucket of salt. Let’s face it, there would be no Bones without the Bones. There could, of course, be other reasons for the producers to finally call it quits. For instance, Michaela Conlin, who plays a forensic artist on the show, has a movie slated for release soon, The Disappointments Room, a thriller with Lucas Till and Kate Beckinsale. Perhaps, the other actors want to move on as well. Nevertheless, the producers have gotten the actors on board to assemble one last time to give the show an ending it deserves.
When Bones will air its last episode, it will have completed a total of 246 episodes. This will make it the longest-running series on the Fox network, ever. Although it has been one long journey, the show was always an excellent performer for the network. It always brought in viewers. Yet, it did go through its own ups and downs. People have lost track of how many times the show has been moved around the schedule. Despite all this, it is still one of the favorite shows among the audiences, and it would not be wrong to assume that the producers would have kept it going if they could. That being said, they have stressed how much amazing the final season is going to be, and there is no reason to doubt their claim. The wait will be worth it. To watch reruns of Bones, all you need is a television package from XFINITY.