It came down to the wire, but Fox’s comedic crime procedural Bones is set to return for an 11th season after series producer 20th Century Fox TV closed new deals with stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, whose contracts were up at the end of this season.
There will be a behind-the-scenes change on the show, with executive producer Jonathan Collier and co-EP Michael Peterson named new showrunners. Bones’ most recent showrunner, Stephen Nathan, is taking a temporary leave. Collier and Peterson, who have been on the show since 2011, will executive produce alongside Bones creator Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson, Nathan and Randy Zisk for 20th Century Fox Television, Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment.
Bones is joining fellow renewed Fox drama series Empire, Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. Still up in the air (and not looking good) is The Following. Backstrom is dead.
Fox will be beefing up its drama ranks next season with several new series, the already picked up Rosewood and pending Minority Report, Frankenstein and Lucifer, with Studio City left in contention for possible future consideration. The network also has the X-Files event series on tap for next season.