FOX Renews 'Bones' for Season 8
FOX Renews 'Bones' for Season 8
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
In a major -- although unsurprising -- announcement, FOX has renewed Bones for an eighth season in 2012-2013. Keep reading for all of the Bones renewal details.

This marks the first major spring renewal of a series on that network. Prior to the official announcement, Bones was seen as the most-likely drama renewal for FOX. No official word, however, was forthcoming from either the show or the network.

Currently on an extended hiatus due to Bones star Emily Deschanel's pregnancy, Bones is set to return with new episodes on Monday, April 2 at 8pm. This marks a new timeslot for the show formerly a cornerstone of FOX's Thursday night entertainment.

With the eighth season renewal, Bones is poised to reach the unusual milestone of 150 episodes in the upcoming year. The renewal also allows time for the show's newest major plot development -- the coupling of main character Booth and Brennan, as well as the upcoming birth of their daughter -- to unfold.

What can we expect when Bones returns? Click here for spoilers!

FOX Entertainment president Kevin Reilly released the following statement about the Bones season 8 renewal:

"Over the past seven seasons, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible Bones cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility, and I'm really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season."

Speaking to reporters yesterday, executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan joked about a probable renewal. When Hanson exclaimed to his colleague, "We'll get picked up, Steve," Nathan replied, "We will? We're so heavy!"

And that's why Bones deserves its season 8.

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