Bones may be nearing the finish line.
Asked about the show’s Season 12 renewal prospects Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden said she’s “really not sure” about a pickup, adding, “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.”
If it is the final season, Walden promises series creator Hart Hanson and Co. “will be given plenty of time to start writing a meaningful ending to the show. They have such a loyal fanbase, and those fans deserve a satisfying ending.”
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.”
Bones is slated to resume its current 11th season in the spring (exact return date TBA).