UPDATED: The move to Friday didn’t dent Bones‘ longevity one bit. “We are in negotiations on another season of Bones and expect it would be back (for a 10th season),” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during the executive session today, indicating that Season 10 will likely be the show’s last. He confirmed what we had already reported: that Bones creator/showrunner Hart Hanson will move onto his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, taking over next season. Hanson still will be involved in major decisions.
Reilly also spoke of the renewal chances of softly rated sophomore comedy The Mindy Project, which is going on hiatus in the spring. “It’s really on the money (creatively) right now,” he said. “Ratings are not where they should be, the show deserves more viewers. But is a highly upscale show we make money on.” He said Mindy‘s “little hiatus has nothing to do with its renewal chances. “I’m highly bullish on it being back next season.”
Reilly also spoke complimentary about the other Tuesday comedy series that is going on hiatus, controversial freshman sitcom Dads. It is funny, and the cast is as good; It makes me laugh,” he said. “They smoothed out the choppiness they had early on.” As for fellow freshman Enlisted, despite the dismal premiere on Friday, Reilly said he plans to stick with the comedy for its 13-episode run and look at the VOD numbers before making a decision.
Despite Simon Cowell’s announcement last month that The X Factor will be returning for fourth season, Reilly said that no decision has been made yet but hinted the the show will continue. “The show definitely underperformed this year, ratings are not what we wanted, but X Factor still is one of the most successful brands in the world, and the No.1 and No.2 show in many markets.” Is the space getting tight for both American Idol and X-Factor? “No, but I wish The Voice goes way first,” Reilly quipped.