Less than five months after Bones went off the air, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden admits the long-running crime procedural could still have a future on the network.
After 12 seasons, the drama starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel bid farewell, but with the rate of shows being revived left and right — we’re looking at you, Will & Grace and Roseanne — Walden was asked how much time would have to pass before putting the show back on the air.
“I think David Boreanaz would be upset with his new show premiering if I said it was any time soon,” Walden said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday. “I would anticipate ultimately we would happily do something around Bones, and that group was so close and the experience was so good for all of them. I can’t say definitively, we’ve had no conversations, it’s just too soon, and they’re all pursuing different things right now.”
For his part, Boreanaz will return to primetime this fall in the CBS military drama SEAL Team — though the actor didn’t seem that positive about reprising his Bones role following the finale at TCA in January. “It’s very hard for me to answer that question, honestly,” Boreanaz said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in six hours. I mean, you’re asking a hypothetical question, but everything is possible in life. But I tend to like to go forward. I don’t like to go backwards… In general, I don’t like reunions and I don’t like to go back.”
Bones creator Hart Hanson, however, previously seemed open to the idea of following in the footsteps of fellow network series like 24 and Prison Break. “I think those things are always possible, and very desirable,” Hanson said.
Bones star Emily Deschanel knows how difficult it is to nail a series finale.
“It’s hard to be completely satisfied when you like a show and it ends,” Deschanel tells EW. “I know from being a viewer of other shows. You’re just like, ‘Well, yeah, I guess they did everything I wanted, but it’s still over!’”
But Bones, which wraps up Tuesday after 246 episodes, seems poised to stick the landing: Deschanel believes the final hour has a bit of everything fans love about the long-running series. “It’s dramatic, it’s exciting, it’s heartfelt,” she says. “It goes to the core of the characters and who they are, and I think it wraps up a lot of different story lines. I think it did a great job, and I was satisfied with it.”
Aside from series creator Hart Hanson, who Deschanel says was unable to return, the finale was a collaborative effort from most of the core minds behind the show: The story outline came from former showrunner Stephen Nathan, while current showrunners Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier wrote the hour alongside Executive Producer Karine Rosenthal. Even Deschanel and costar David Boreanaz had a hand; after crafting the initial story, the writers went to the leads to get their input.
Given that Bones has skirted death almost as many times as its characters, the ending fans will experience isn’t the first conclusion envisioned for the show. “We talked about how we were going to end it — I mean, we hypothetically talked about it for years, little bits and pieces,” Deschanel says, noting it’s “very surreal” that the time has finally come. And when Bones signs off, the final product will be as much a surprise to its star as it is to the fans.
“I have not seen it yet,” says Deschanel. “I just lived it.”
Bones’ series finale airs Tuesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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