Fox is throwing Bones fans a pretty big you-know what.*
The network has renewed the long-running procedural for a 12th and final season, a move that will allow producers to map out a “meaningful and satisfying conclusion,” per Fox Co-Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
TVLine has learned that the final season will consist of 12 episodes, which will bring the show’s final episode tally to a whopping 246.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have another season, so we can give the show, characters and fans the end they so richly deserve,” said executive producers and showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson in a joint statement. “Also knowing there is a Season 12, we can now write the most rewarding Season 11 finale possible — one we hope will leave our fans excited for what’s to come in this final season of Bones.”
Added series creator Hart Hanson: “In times like these, marked by instability and doubt, it’s comforting to know the world can count on at least one dependable beacon of stability. Apparently, that beacon is Bones. It just shows what you can do with an amalgam of genius cast, amazing crew, cunning writers, stalwart studio, sweat, a tough economy, a mercurial network, determination, luck, magic, miracles and the most loyal audience in the world.”
Bones, meanwhile, will resume its current 11th season on Thursday, April 14 (8/7c) with an episode that picks up two months after the events of the fall finale, which found Hodgins paralyzed.
What say you, Bones fans? This is pretty much the best case scenario you were hoping for, yes? Confirm or deny in the comments!
* A bone. They’re throwing you a bone. Get it?