Fox Sets Final ‘Bones’ Run

Bones Season 11 Finale
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Bones‘ final season will kick off on Tuesday, January 3 at 9/8c, Fox announced.

Season 12—which picks up right where Season 11’s “Is Zack a serial killer?” cliffhanger left off—will consist of 12 episodes. In this last stretch, the network teases fans will “experience a wedding, follow an epic serial killer storyline, go undercover in a lumberjack competition and see Booth and Brennan’s marriage get put to the test.”

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“From the very first season, Bones was called ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” series creator Hart Hanson said in a statement. “So we could not be prouder of ending up as Fox’s longest-running scripted drama. And we got there because of an insanely loyal, loud, lovely, lively audience.”

“We’ve loved working on Bones and are so excited to bring our fans this final season,” added showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson. “After 12 years on the air, it’s an honor to be able to write the exciting and meaningful ending, which the show deserves.”

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Fox expressed a similar sentiment for its longest-running live-action series. “A show this beloved by fans worldwide deserves a proper send-off, and that is just what we intend to do,” said David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “These final 12 episodes will wrap up storylines and bid farewell to characters who have become part of the fabric of popular culture. Once again, we’d like to thank David [Boreanaz], Emily [Deschanel] and the entire Bones cast, as well as Hart, Stephen Nathan, Barry Josephson, and this season’s showrunners, Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier. In the pantheon of Fox series, Bones has carved out a unique place for 12 incredible seasons, and we couldn’t be more grateful for its continued success over the course of this past decade.”

Bones, Season Premiere, Tuesday, January 3, 9/8c, Fox