If Bones returns for a 12th season next fall, it may be down a showrunner.
Fox has placed a pilot order for Zoobiquity, a “light and unconventional” one-hour medical procedural written and and EP’d by Bones showrunners past (Stephen Nathan) and present (Jonathan Collier).
Based on the book of the same name, Zoobiquity follows the unlikely pairing of a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with a socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people. They try to put aside their competitive natures to cure the incurable using a unique blend of cross-species medicine that’s never been tried before.
Collier is currently running Bones with fellow EP Michael Peterson. The duo, coincidentally, assumed the showrunner post from Nathan, who stepped down at the end of last season.
Earlier this month, Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden hinted that a decision about a Bones renewal was imminent. “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,” she said, adding that if it is the show’s final season, producers “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.”