‘Bones’ Showrunners Confident in Season 9 Renewal

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 13th, 2012 at 3:27 pm,

 2012 bones Bones Showrunners Confident in Season 9 Renewal

Much was revealed concerning Bones in today’s conference call with showrunners Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, but after some online ribbing from David Boreanaz about the veteran show beginning its “Farewell Tour” this season, nothing should soothe fans more than the duo’s confidence in the show’s future.

In fact, according to Hart Hanson, Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel might stick around until at least season 9.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Hanson said:

“They [Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel] are currently in negotiations through at least season nine. We’re pretty confident they’ll come to an agreement.”

And what of Boreanaz’s tweets concerning his own departure? Hanson accuses the actor of being mischievous when it comes to the Twitter fan base, but not malicious.

Stephen Nathan added:

“[Boreanaz] loves this show, and he’s better than ever. And I think he wants him to come back as much as we want him to come back. It doesn’t seem to be an issue.”

For Bones fans following the show’s renewal saga, the revelation of a potential season 9 comes as little surprise. Last spring, during studio renegotiations, Fox renewed the show for an eighth season, but signed a licensing deal for two. This gives them the option to pick the show up for a ninth season without having to wade through studio red tape a second time.

With the always tricky Fox Studios/20th Century Fox deal behind them, the only pieces needed for Bones to secure season 9 are renewed cast contracts and solid ratings in the coming season. With Boreanaz and Deschanel in talks for “through season nine” now, it could be time for Bones fans to get excited.

Because season 9 is still a dot on the horizon, Hanson and Nathan were more than willing to give fans reason to be excited for the upcoming season 8. The very beginning of the season will see one plotline with serial killer Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) conclude as a new one unfurls. However, folks will have to tune in to see how long it takes Brennan (Deschanel) to be exonerated.

Nathan said that for as much as he and Hanson dislike serial killers, they both love Pelant and have plans for him that stretch well beyond the September 17th premiere.

“He’s going to color season eight a little, and he’s going to color it red.”

If Pelant isn’t enough of a draw, the duo also revealed their plans for the show’s 150th episode. In a surprise twist, Cyndi Lauper will reprise her role as the psychic Avalon. Hanson and Nathan have been looking for an opportunity to bring the famed singer back since she came on in the season 6 premiere and the timing and story finally worked out for them.

The milestone episode was filmed as one of the “bonus” episodes ordered by the network last spring and was shot from the perspective of the victim – a young boy. Avalon’s help will be enlisted to discern what the boy needs and, Hanson teases, it may not be merely solving his murder. Clearly not standard Bones fare. The show has given audiences some very powerful episodes involving murdered children, but tends to be lackluster when they aim for a style that is out-of-the-box. (“The Double Death of the Dearly Departed,” anyone?) So it should be interesting to see what the marriage of these two approaches produces.

Since season 4, there have been rumblings that the show has dipped its toes far too heavily into the comedic genre, straying from the case-centric, dramatic roots that first lured in audiences. Quality case elements have been dropped for the sake of a cheap laugh. The victims become all but forgettable from week to week. Nevertheless, Hanson and Nathan have managed to cultivate the characters and good ratings and continued network support prove that their approach can garner success. Sustainability and growth as an older show will now come to the forefront.

The Pelant storyline gives the show a strong season opener with boundless possibilities to come; the 150th episode holds potential for the same; and the Booth/Brennan relationship is at a mature, stable place fans have been wishing for. If they can once again strike the balance between gravitas, macabre humor, and character depth, Bones just might find that final piece of the puzzle that will carry them through to yet another season pickup and beyond.

Bones premieres Monday, September 17th @8pm on Fox.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I dunno what to think about this. I used to be seriously addicted to Bones in its earlier seasons, but the last couple of seasons have been missing something. I really do miss the important, dramatic season long story arcs. The Pelant story felt kinda flat to me. Random, one of the most recent episodes that I LOVED was the rainy, noir ish episode in which Brennan confused her identity with that if the victim of the week. It was great. I know it’s cliche, but I can’t help but thinking that Booth and Brennan getting together really changed the dynamic and flow of the show. Maybe for the worse..who knows. I hope the sane doesn’t happen to Castle as well. I’ll still tune in though

    • I couldn’t agree more about your comment on Bones and Booth getting together. I think that was a mistake because seeing those two flirt with one another but not giving in to those feelings was part of the dynamics between the two characters. The show has been dead since the end of Season 6 and as much as I would love a Season 9, if it is anything like the last two Seasons I will probably only watch sporadically like I do now. Terrible, terrible story lines and this last episode where Bones and Booth were in a dancing contest was absolutely horrid!!!! This tells me that the writers have run out of stories so it may be best to give the series a befitting end because the road they are on now leads them into the path of an on coming train!

  2. In fact, according to Hart Hanson, Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel might stick around until at least season 9.

  3. Dem bones dem bones.

  4. All sounds amazing – can’t wait for the new season. I’m excited at the prospect of a slightly darker, angstier season and hope the series goes into season 9 and beyond. It’s my absolute favourite thing on TV.

  5. What did you guys think of the 5th season of Lois and Clark?
    That was GAURANTEED as part of an agreemento pick up The Rosie O Donell
    Show years ago.
    Rosie got picked up.
    L&C didnt .
    Nothing is guranteed until it happens .
    Enjoy season 8 and dont worry about the rest .
    And remember, every year this show gets more expensive to produce .
    Dont get me wrong,
    I hope
    it all works out .
    But I have seen this kind of thing happen before .
    Expectation can somtimes lead to dissapointment .
    Enjoy it, but, dont get too attached because you just never know .

  6. I agree with Sophia! I absolutely love Bones. I look forward to seeing this show every Monday. I am definitely looking forward to a season 9 and then some. Keep them coming Fox! Thank you!

  7. Ignore palant and just get them married. Palant is a loser and a psychopath. Making palant get angry might make the begining of season 9 intence. The whole season can all about facing him and losing at the end.