SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the Season 9 finale of Bones.
The Comic-Con panel for 20th Century Fox TV’s Bones was chock-full of spoilers for Season 10 (watch the trailer below), but a balance of optimism and vagueness pervaded when it came to how long this series will be on the air. As Fox Networks Group Chairman/CEO Peter Rice mentioned at TCA, Fox would love more seasons of Bones, but it boils down to renewing the contracts of leads Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, which are up at the end of the season. “To go 10 seasons like this was inconceivable, and I know these guys feel the same,” said executive producer Stephen Nathan. “They are so inspirational and kept these characters alive. … Hopefully you’ll see us going to 20 seasons.”
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Boreanaz responded to Nathan’s optimism by closing his eyes, a sign that 20 is just way too long.
“I like to work in the present on what we’re working on now,” Boreanaz said about his future with the show. “It’s always a moment-for-moment thing for me. Whether it’s Episode 500 or Episode 1,000, it’s just about the moment at hand.” Read More »
Bones keeps going on Fox. The crime dramedy, now in its ninth season, has been picked up for a tenth. Currently airing on Fridays, Bones will return to its Monday 8 PM slot on March 10, following the March 3 season finale of freshman Almost Human, which will have completed its 13-episode order. “Over the course of nine seasons, Bones has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our lineup that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can,” said Fox’s Kevin Reilly. “Our viewers have embraced Emily, David and the entire cast and characters of Bones as their very own, and I think they are going to love what Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have planned for Season 10!” Bones veteran Nathan will run Bones next season as creator/showrunner while Hanson focuses on his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom. Bones will air an original this Friday before going on hiatus until its Monday return. Fox has slotted the sixth season of Kitchen Nightmares in the Friday 8 PM hour starting February 28, after a Kitchen Nightmares rerun on February 21.
At TCA last week, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly admitted he was disappointed by the early ratings performance of new comedy Enlisted but vowed to stick with the show for its 13-episode order and give it a shot. Now the network is giving the military comedy a better chance with a stronger lead-in by moving it to 9 PM where it will follow veteran Bones. Beginning this Friday, Enlisted and Raising Hope will swap slots, with Enlisted at 9 PM and Raising Hope at 9:30 PM. Bones has been consistently delivering a solid 1.5 or higher among adults 18-49 in the Friday 8 PM slot, half of which has been squandered by Raising Hope, which most recently managed a 0.8 at 9 PM, leading to Enlisted (0.7). For Raising Hope, the time-period downgrade is an ominous sign that the family comedy may end its run after four seasons.
UPDATED: The move to Friday didn’t dent Bones‘ longevity one bit. “We are in negotiations on another season of Bones and expect it would be back (for a 10th season),” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during the executive session today, indicating that Season 10 will likely be the show’s last. He confirmed what we had already reported: that Bones creator/showrunner Hart Hanson will move onto his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, taking over next season. Hanson still will be involved in major decisions.
Reilly also spoke of the renewal chances of softly rated sophomore comedy The Mindy Project, which is going on hiatus in the spring. “It’s really on the money (creatively) right now,” he said. “Ratings are not where they should be, the show deserves more viewers. But is a highly upscale show we make money on.” He said Mindy‘s “little hiatus has nothing to do with its renewal chances. “I’m highly bullish on it being back next season.” Read More »
As usual, given the number of pre-emptions for postseason baseball, Fox is getting ahead of the pack with early fall launches to give affected series longer uninterrupted runs. Last fall, Fox premiered The X Factor, Glee, Bonesand Mob Doctor in the two weeks leading to premiere week. The same shows (with newbie Sleepy Hollow in for the defunct Mob Doctor on Mondays) again will launch early this year, joined by Fox’s Tuesday comedy block. Only Friday entry Masterchef Junior and the Sunday animated block will open during the official premiere week, with Almost Human, Raising Hope and Enlisted held back until the end of baseball season. Check out Fox’s fall premiere dates after the jump:
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Fox‘s serial killer drama The Following has accomplished something that no other new drama this season has — to beat the Week 2 slump and build on its premiere in its second airing. Last night, the Kevin Bacon-starring series drew a 3.3/8 among adults 18-49, up 6% from the fast national for its debut (+3% from the final Live+Same Day number). Overall, The Following joins NBC’s Chicago Fire as the only new dramas to improve on their premiere demo rating this season. (Chicago Fire has done it three times, first in Week 5). In total viewers, The Following (10 million), dipped 4% from the opener. The new drama has helped reinvigorate Fox’s Monday night, boosting its lead-in, Bones (2.6/7, 9.2 million), which posted season highs for a second straight week. The veteran procedural was up 13% from last week in 18-49 to log its best demo and total viewer numbers in over a year.
Fox’s lineup was helped by the fact that CBS’ comedy block was in repeats this week vs. originals last Monday, which makes week-to-week comparisons favorable for the Fox dramas. The Following and Bones ranked as the top two programs of the night in 18-49, with Fox taking top demo honors. No.3 was ABC’s The Bachelor (2.5/7), flat with last week. After tipping the scales at 2.4 for each of its first three airings, NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.3/6) dipped a tenth … Read More »
Dramedy procedural Bones will continue to be the longest-running live-action series on Fox with a renewal for a ninth season. The pickup came after stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, whose current contracts were up at the end of this season, closed new deals right before the New Year. “After more than 150 episodes, Bones continues to be one of television’s most dynamic and consistent dramas,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly.
Bones returns with all new episodes, beginning with a two-hour winter premiere, on Monday. It will be used to launch Fox’s midseason drama hopeful The Following. Bones was created by Hart Hanson. Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton, Barry Josephson and Jonathan Collier are executive producers for 20th Century Fox TV.
EXCLUSIVE: Ballantine Bantam Dell has acquired North American rights for three new novels from Kathy Reichs, who aside from being a bestselling suspense novelist is also a forensic anthropologist whose novels inspired the Fox TV series Bones. The deal was negotiated by Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, with WME’s Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. The novels will be published under the Bantam label, according to Libby McGuire, EVP, Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell. The first comes out in 2014, and Jennifer Hershey will edit them. Reichs’ last novel, Bones Are Forever, was published by Scribner.
Reichs will continue the forensic exploits of Temperance Brennan, who has been the centerpiece of 15 bestsellers. As for her day job, Dr. Reichs has been Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and still serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council and is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Read More »
Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz are likely to come back for at least one more season of Bones, executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan said today. “They are currently negotiating through Season 9,” Hanson said on a conference call. He added: “We’re pretty confident they’ll come to an agreement.” The contracts of the two leads are up after Season 8. Bones was renewed for its eighth season in March and season debuts on Fox on September 17.
In the spring, Boreanaz seemed to indicate he was leaving or negotiating a new deal in public when he tweeted about “new chapters and new doors” in his career. Boreanaz also said “I’m a free agent after this season. So the Bones farewell tour is in full-swing.” This morning, Hanson and Nathan played down any significance to the actor’s social-media outbursts. “David is a mischievous guy, he loves lobbying hand grenades out. It’s all part of the game to him; I don’t think there is any serious bile to it,” series creator Hanson said. “David loves the show; I think he wants to come back as much as we want him to come back,” Nathan said. Read More »
Stephen Nathan, Bones‘ executive producer and creator/exec producer Hart Hanson’s right-hand man, has signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the long-running Fox dramedy. The two-year pact (with an option for a third) keeps Nathan on Bones as the second-in-command to showrunner Hanson. Additionally, Nathan will have the ability to develop new projects for the studio.
Nathan has been on Bones since Day 1 — he was recruited by Hanson to join the show after its pilot episode in 2005. “Stephen and Hart have had such an incredible creative partnership, and Stephen is somebody Hart has relied on in a huge way,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “Last season, Stephen demonstrated why he is so valuable as he enabled Hart to focus on (Bones spinoff) The Finder as he took on greater responsibilities on Bones and did an amazing job.” Read More »
Fox is keeping with the trend this year of rolling out a major portion of its fall lineup outside the official premiere week. The network, which debuted most of its series during premiere week last year, will unspool three nights — Wednesday, Thursday and Monday — in the two weeks leading to premiere week, which this year starts September 24. That includes the season premieres of The X Factor, Glee and Bones and the series debut of The Mob Doctor. The second-season premiere of The X Factor falls on the same week as the third-cycle debut of NBC rival The Voice. Kiefer Sutherland’s drama Touch will be held until end of October, with Kitchen Nightmares warming up its new Friday 8 PM slot until then. Of the nights launching during premiere week, Fox is kicking off its new all-comedy Tuesday with two New Girl originals serving as lead-ins for the network’s two new comedy series, Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project.
NBC last week announced fall premiere dates staggered over two months — from mid-August until mid-October, with only one series, veteran Law & Order: SVU, opening during premiere week. And the CW said at its upfront that it will roll out its lineup in October. Here are Fox’s fall premiere dates:
Wednesday, September 12
8-10 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part One)
Thursday, September 13
8-9 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part Two)
9-10 PM GLEE (Season Premiere) Read More »