Why wasn’t there a renewal for “Bones” announced today at Fox’s winter TCA panel? We got a chance to see such an honor handed down to such other shows as “Empire” and “Gotham,” but not this particular long-running show.
As it turns out, there is a very sensible answer to it: There are still some contract negotiations that need to be completed first! Emily Deschanel and David Boreneaz are still in talks over returning to the show for another go of things, but there is no confirmation yet. Given Fox’s confidence that a deal with get done, they may wait to announce a renewal until they know for sure that everyone is on board the series.
So how long can we see the show going moving forward? There is no concise answer to that, but our personal feel right now is that there is the potential to do at least another year of really great stories. We don’t get the sense that the writers are planning for this to be the end; the fact that they are writing in Deschanel’s second pregnancy also suggests to us that they are looking more towards the future, and a way to end the show that is not just about children.
As for when a potential announcement could be made, the latest time would be at the upfronts in May. However, we cannot imagine it being that long before we find out the truth about the status of this show. We imagine we’ll hear a thing or two in a matter of a couple of months.
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