Hart Hanson Suggestions That Bones, the Popular Crime Drama, Might Return

Fans of the Fox crime drama Bones may have to wait a long time for a resurrection, creator Hart Hanson said.

Starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz as a forensic anthropologist and an FBI agent, respectively, the show was based, at least in part, on the writings of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.

Hanson told Variety that the cast and crew are still in touch, but that the program’s revival prospects remain questionable at a recent show reunion for a WGA picket rally.

He said that they haven’t been able to build a compelling tale to tie the characters together because of the muddled rights issue following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox.His thoughts are as follows:

We communicate with one another. Everyone on “Bones” communicates with one another. It asks at various points, “What are you doing? How readily available is it? Fox broadcast “Bones,” although Disney recently acquired 20th, making them the owner of [the show]. To determine who owns what and what platform it would be on, a million agents and attorneys would be needed. But we do continue to speak. And once in a while, we are all sentimental enough to consider whether or not we ought to repeat the experience. The future? Perhaps this will give us a boost. I recognized it. I recognized it. Naturally, everything is dependent on David and Emily. No, not without them both. They wouldn’t play, according to what we’ve heard, so that’s a step. Actors will speak the truth when they claim that it depends on what it is, the script, how it seems, and whether it feels correct. They won’t take action simply because it’s us.

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)
David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)

Networks and studios are increasingly seeking for methods to reboot and resuscitate their hit shows as the demand for popular IP increases. Fans are treated to reboots and reprises for nearly every popular work of art, from comedies like Will & Grace to sci-fi thrillers like The X-Files.

The gap between the initial series and its revival, on the other hand, can occasionally be quite long for some shows.

Bones concluded in 2017, therefore the six years that viewers have had to wait have been significantly less than what other shows’ fans have experienced. Longer gaps also have a tendency to enhance viewer expectations.

The timing may be ideal for the Bones team to step on the gas pedal given the return of Dexter, another popular crime drama that debuted after Bones.

However, as Hanson points out, it all hinges on how willing and available Deschanel and Boreanaz are to execute it. No revival of the show would be successful without Bones and Booth since they are its soul.


Hart Hanson created the American crime procedural comedy-drama television series Bones for Fox.

With 246 episodes broadcast across 12 seasons, it had its world premiere on September 13, 2005, and ended on March 28, 2017.

An FBI case file featuring mysterious human remains is presented to forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). Forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology serve as the foundation for the course.

Bones is a co-production between Josephson Entertainment and Far Field Productions, with assistance from 20th Century Fox Television for distribution.The show is the longest-running drama series on 20th Century Fox Television.