Fans waiting to see what happens to Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) are in for a long wait. FOX has announced that the 12th and final season of Bones will be a midseason series, saying only that it will air sometime in “winter 2017.”
New baseball drama Pitch is taking Bones‘ place on Thursdays this fall.
When Bones returns it will also air an hour later, moving to 9 p.m. Thursdays as the Miami procedural Rosewood gets the 8 p.m. slot.
No specific reason was given for the changes in the network’s press release, so it could be that Bones needs more time to put together its farewell season or that FOX wants to use its coveted fall spots to launch new series instead of sending off an existing one.
Either way, it’s going to be at least seven months before Bones fans get to see the final season – as a midseason show, the earliest it’s going to premiere would be sometime in January.
At least for now there are episodes of Season 11 to hold audiences over. There are seven episodes left in the current season of Bones, with the season finale scheduled for July 21 at 8 p.m.
In next week’s episode “The Movie in the Making”, the show takes a faux documentary approach with a video team following Brennan and company as they investigate a corpse buried in a landfill. The team members offer commentary to the camera along the way, similar to The Office.
The Emmy and People’s Choice Award nominated series has already aired more than 200 episodes since premiering on Sept. 13, 2005, inspired by the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs. It also spawned the short-lived spin-off series The Finder.
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