Bones final season 12
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Fox has renewed “Bones” for a 12th and final season, which will consist of an abbreviated 12 episodes instead of its usual 22.

The long-running procedural stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. The show was created by Hart Hanson, who serves as executive producer alongside Barry Josephson, Stephen Nathan, Randy Zisk, Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson.

“‘Bones’ has been part of the fabric of our network and studio for over a decade, and during that time it has attracted one of the most devoted fan bases we’ve ever seen,” said Fox Co-Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “So it was extremely important to us and to Hart, the producers and the cast that we send the show off in a way that gives those loyal fans a meaningful and satisfying conclusion.”

“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,’” said Hanson. “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.”

“This is for the fans! Thank you to everyone at Fox and, of course, Dana and Gary – for all your support,” said star and producer Boreanaz. “Thank you to Hart, Stephen, Ian [Toynton], Michael and Jonathan. Also to the crew and cast for their countless support along the way! And I couldn’t have done it without you, Emily!”

“I am thrilled the show will have the ending it deserves for all of our amazing, loyal fans,” added Deschanel, who also serves as producer on the series.

“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 showrunners Collier and Peterson. “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.’”

In November, Josephson filed a lawsuit against Fox claiming that he was denied his share of profit participation on the series, and a few days later, Deschanel, Boreanaz and author Kathy Reichs followed suit, alleging that they were owed “tens of millions” in profits. Those legal proceedings are ongoing.

Season 11 of the series will return from its midseason hiatus on Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m. followed by the debut of military-inspired competition series “American Grit,” starring the WWE’s John Cena.

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