Bones is officially coming to an end. Fox has renewed the series for season 12, which will be its last.
The season will also be abbreviated — Bones season 12 will only run for 12 episodes. To mark the announcement, the cast and creators are speaking out about the news.
“This is for the fans! Thank you to everyone at Fox and of course [Fox heads] Dana and Gary — for all your support,” said Bones star David Boreanaz in a statement. “Thank you to Hart, Stephen, Ian, 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 co-star Emily Deschanel.
Said creator and executive producer 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.”
Added Fox heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman, “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. 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.”
Bones will have completed 246 episodes by the time the series comes to a close in a few months.
The series is currently in the middle of airing season 11 on Fox. It’s actually on its mid-season break at the moment, but it returns this April.