11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Bones' Renewed for 11th Season — With New Showrunners
Fox's veteran procedural Bones will return — but there's a catch.
The David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel drama will return for an 11th season after its two stars — as well as Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, John Boyd and Tamara Taylor — inked new deals with studio 20th Century Fox Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, showrunner Stephen Nathan will step down as showrunner, with John Collier and Michael Peterson taking on oversight of the series. Nathan is taking a temporary step back to work on other projects for Fox but hopes to rejoin the series later in season 11. There is no word on if season 11 will be Bones' final season.
Peterson and Collier — who exec produce alongside Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson, Nathan and Randy Zisk — have been with the series since 2010 and 2011, respectively, with both rising to executive producer roles. They take over for Nathan, who has been with the Hanson-created series since its start. For his part, Nathan started out as a consulting producer on Bones before serving as co-showrunner with Hanson and ultimately the show's point person in its most recent seasons. Hanson, meanwhile, has overseen Fox's freshman bubble drama Backstrom and as well as the network's short-lived Bones spinoff The Finder, which was canceled in 2012 after one season.
Rounding out its 10th season on Fox, Bones — from 20th Century Fox Television — may be hitting ratings lows (an average 1.9 rating in the key demo and 7.3 million viewers every week) — but its consistency makes it of particular value to fourth-place Fox.
Also working in its favor is the fact that the procedural — which settled into its Thursday at 8 p.m. slot — has carried its audience over a half-dozen scheduling moves. The series remains a favorite of Fox toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who have been with it from the start at the studio and now decide its fate as heads of the broadcast net.
Bones joins a roster of returning fare that includes dramas Sleepy Hollow, Empire, Gotham and comedies The Last Man on Earth, The Simpsons, New Girl, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Peterson is repped by WME; Collier is with ICM Partners.
The Bones season finale airs June 11.
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