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Fox announced its first renewal for the fall. The network announced Thursday that it will pick up Bones for an eighth season.
In a statement, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly was excited to see the series get renewed. “Over the past seven seasons, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible Bones cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility and I’m really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season,” he said.
Bones has had an unconventional seventh season, thanks to star Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy, notes The Hollywood Reporter. The season had been delayed and given a lengthy winter hiatus, splitting the shortened season in half. Still, Reilly was confident that the series, which will hit its 150th episode in season eight, would continue. During the Television Critics Association press tour, he said that it was possible that the series would have a tenth season.
Deadline notes that Bones is easily the network’s strongest drama, considering that House is ending and Terra Nova was cancelled. Its other new dramas, Alcatraz and the Bones spin-off The Finder, have both underperformed in ratings.
Bones is a procedural dramedy that stars Deschanel as Dr. ‘Bones’ Brennan and David Boreanaz as Special Agent Booth. The series premiered in 2005
The final seven episodes of Bones’ seventh season start on Monday, April 2.