Last week Fox renewed “Bones” for a 10th season, guaranteeing the quirky procedural starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz would live to see its 200th episode — and with no mention of No. 10 being its final go-round.
It’s an unlikely milestone for a show that has endured multiple moves around the schedule and speculation for the past few seasons about its probable end date.
“They always say every year that they expect it to be the last and then they look around and realize the ‘Bones’ audience is actually growing,” executive producer Stephen Nathan tells The Post. “We don’t quite understand it either. A decade seems like an awfully long time. We will be prepared for a series-ender but we will plan on a season-ender.”
On the air since 2005, “Bones” is Fox’s third most-watched drama, averaging 9.1 million viewers behind newer entries “The Following” (11.2 million viewers) and “Sleepy Hollow, ” (11 million viewers).
And it’s hardly the only graying drama refusing to quietly retire. For all the buzz that younger, sexier series like “Scandal” and “The Blacklist” (rightly) generate, an older class of drama veterans is quietly drawing an equal audience after a decade on the air.
CBS’ long-running “NCIS” is the poster child for a drama only growing stronger with age — the Mark Harmon headliner still draws an average of 21.8 million viewers a week in its 11th season and is prepping a possible New Orleans-set spinoff (it already has “NCIS: LA”).
“Criminal Minds,” which will air its 200th episode on Feb. 5, is averaging an impressive 13 million viewers in its ninth season while the network’s oldest series, “CSI” (14 seasons), still draws 12 million viewers a week.
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey recently signed new two-year deals, increasing the likelihood that the ABC medical drama will reach a 12th season. And with good reason — though it’s no longer the network’s most-watched drama, at an average of 12.7 million viewers it’s just behind “Scandal” (13 million viewers) and “Castle” (12.9 million viewers — it’s getting up there itself at six seasons).
If there’s a secret to keeping a show alive for so many seasons, it seems to be create a family of characters that viewers want to have in their living room year after year, say producers.
“People have really connected with those characters,” says “Criminal Minds” showrunner/executive producer Erica Messer. “And then on top of that, I think that fans tune in every week because of the battle between good and evil — it’s almost that simple. Out of 200 episodes, about 195 of them we’ve stopped the bad guy and there’s been a satisfying end to that week’s journey.”
That ability to neatly tie up each episode with a bow plays into the reason that the longest-running dramas tend to be procedurals, with seemingly limitless cases to help drive stories in the absence of character-based drama.
“The construct that we get to hang all the great character stuff that they give us on a murder every week also gives us that longevity, because this is a procedural,” Nathan says.
“In this weird way it feels endless because the cases every week really are driven by human behavior and there’s a huge spectrum of what that is,” Messer adds. “So I do feel there’s a version of that where this show can just keep on going.”
And while buzz will certainly die down with age, there is a wisdom of experience that can come in handy for the grueling task of churning out 22 episodes season after season.
“One of the advantages about a show that goes for this long is that our crew . . . they work together very well,” says “Bones” creator/executive producer Hart Hanson. “We’re not constantly putting out production fires. The show looks and sounds more expensive than it is because of how good that crew is. It lets us tell more stories.”
No one can accuse David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel of being anything but 100 percent game.
The longtime Bones co-stars — without any prompting from Fox — went way off script while shooting a recent scene and crafted a promo that not only touts this Sunday’s Super Bowl, but also the Bruno Mars-headlined halftime show, and the special post-Bowl installment of New Girl featuring Prince, and this Friday’s all-new Bones, and their underdog lead-out Enlisted.
They did the whole thing sans a script and in under 40 seconds.
The results are below.
It’s official everybody, “Bones” has been renewed for a 10th season! Exciting, right?! That is not the only news of the day, though. It has also been announced that the show will be moving back to it’s Monday timeslot starting March 10th. Read more below:
It’s a double-dose of good news for Bones fans.
Not only has the durable drama been renewed for a 10th season, but the show is moving back to its old Monday-at-8 pm timeslot beginning March 10.
“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 Chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement. “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!”
Kitchen Nightmares will take over Bones‘ Friday-at-8 perch on Friday, Feb. 28. Almost Human wraps its rookie season on Monday, March 3.
FOX boss Kevin Reilly spoke on Monday (January 13) at the Television Critics Association winter press tour and gave us a little insight into the 10th season of “Bones.” Unfortunately, he is saying it is likely to be the series final season. However, they are still in negotiations and nothing is set in stone. So don’t worry just yet. When the final word comes out, I’ll let you all know.
Bones Season 10 appears to be a fait accompli.
“I would anticipate it will be back,” Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, adding that the renewal deal is currently being hammered out. Reilly also noted that longtime EP Stephen Nathan will take over as showrunner as Hart Hanson segues to his new drama Backstrom.
Following his formal exec presentation, Reilly indicated to reporters than any Season 10 would “likely” be Bones‘ last.
Brennan (Emily Deschanel) once said she’d never wear white, but she broke that vow when she walked down the aisle to marry Booth (David Boreanaz) on the Oct. 21 episode of Bones, appropriately titled “The Woman in White.”
“It was one of those dresses where, when [Emily] put it on, it was like, ‘Ahh… that’s the one,” Bones costume designer Robin Lewis West told EW of the embroidered lace off-the-shoulder wedding gown. “She tried on a lot of dresses, but this one fit her beautifully.”
Before saying yes to the dress, West’s wardrobe team searched the racks at a number of L.A.-area bridal shops for a gown that would suit the style of the character, flatter the actress who plays her, and fit the specific guidelines laid out in the script. As for the groom, one great designer suit and a signature accessory, and he was ready to say “I do.”
Read on for all the details Brennan’s dress, Booth’s tux and the interns’ period costumes.
First (and perhaps most importantly), what about that dress? “[Brennan] had saved a picture from her childhood, from 1985… so we had to make the dress look like the picture. It couldn’t be too modern,” West said of the Legends by Romona Keveza gown, which she found at Panache in Beverly Hills. Though the team initially considered a few less traditional options — including having the bride wear a color — “they just didn’t look like a wedding dress.” A custom-made belt, Judith Jack earrings, Charles David shoes, a Panache bracelet, and a pearl-embellished hair pin that served as Bones’ something blue were the finishing touches.
The groom wore a Hugo Boss tuxedo and an Anto shirt accessorized with Paul Smith skull cross-bone cuff links. “We wanted a little touch of the theme of the show,” West explained.
As for the guests, Angela (Michaela Conlin) wore a navy blue Monique Lhuillier dress, Cam (Tamara Taylor) opted for a classic black frock from Karen Millen, and — in keeping with the storyline that saw Hodgins “borrowing” outfits from the Jeffersonian’s History of Fashion exhibit — the interns added a vintage vibe to the occasion in period costumes rented from the Motion Picture Costume Company and the Western Costume Company.
The designer says the clothes helped make the event feel real. “It was exciting for everybody. I got a little teary eyed, it felt like a real wedding,” she admitted of getting verklempt when the scene was filmed. ”For the fans, it was like, ‘Season nine! It finally happened!’”
Next up — Bones’ bachelorette party! “We shot [the scene] yesterday. I don’t know if [the details are] a secret or not, but I’ll tell you one thing… we did a lot of bedazzling,” West hinted. “We spent three days with hot glue guns, beads, and sequins. There are lots of sparkles.”