It’s a case of good news, bad news for “Bones” fans at the 2016 TCA winter press tour Friday (Jan. 15). The good news is that when the series does end, the writers will be given sufficient notice to send the show off properly. The bad news is that it might be at the end of Season 11.
FOX CEO Dana Walden says that speaking with producers about whether this is the end of “Bones” run or whether there is potentially another season of the show is on the agenda for “next week.”
“We haven’t made the decision. If it’s going to be the end of the [current] season, though, we’re going to give them plenty of time to start writing a meaningful ending to the show,” says Walden. “It’s got such a loyal viewership and those viewers deserve a very satisfying ending, so we’re trying to be very sensitive about that. Not 100 percent sure what we’re going to do yet.”
Walden does shoot down the idea that “Bones” will continue if one of the two leads, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, does not sign on to return. She also says that the lawsuit filed by Boreanaz, Deschanel and executive producer and author Kathleen Reichs is “not resolved yet” but “has no impact” on FOX’s decision making.
“We wouldn’t do the show without David and Emily,” says Walden. “This is a conversation that would be about continuing the series and announcing it as the final season in the 12th season or whether we wrap it in the 11th.”
“We just haven’t had the conversations yet,” she adds. “We need to have those conversations to see where everyone comes out in terms of what’s the right time to end it. Because we don’t want this show limping to an ending, we want to send it out with style and class and the way it deserves to be wrapped up.”