There's bittersweet news for Bones fans today, as FOX has revealed that it has renewed the long-running drama for a 12th and final season in order to give producers the chance to allow to series a "meaningful and satisfying conclusion."
In a joint statement, Bones showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson shared their happiness and relief for one more season:
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. 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.
Season 11 has been on hiatus since the fall finale, which aired on December 10th, 2015 and saw Dr. Hodgins, paralyzed due to trauma following a bomb explosion.
Meanwhile, series creator Hart Hanson had this to add about the news:
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.
TV Line has revealed that the final season will be 12 episodes long, bringing the final episode tally for the series to a massive 246.
'Bones' returns to FOX with episode 11 of Season 11 on April 14th