'Bones' season 12 news, spoilers: Series will return for 12th and final run

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“Bones,” one of Fox’s longest-running and most successful programs, is nearing its end. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Fox announced that the crime procedural drama, which stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, has been given the green light for a 12th and final season.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have another season, so we can give the show, characters and fans the end they so richly deserve,” showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson said in a statement. “Also knowing there is a Season 12, we can now write the most rewarding Season 11 finale possible one we hope will leave our fans excited for what’s to come in this final season of ‘Bones.'”

The final season will reportedly be comprised of 12 episodes, as opposed to the usual 22. According to the Daily Mail, there had initially been some doubt that a 12th season would happen as both Deschanel and Boreanaz were only signed up to the end of season 11. Both have since been confirmed to have renewed their contracts for the show’s final run.

Collier and Peterson will continue to serve as showrunners for season 12. The pair took on their current roles after former showrunner Stephen Nathan, who now serves as executive producer, vacated the position.

Not long after the announcement was made, Deschanel, who plays the role of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on the show, and Boreanaz, who plays FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, both took to Twitter to comment on the news.

In Deschanel’s first tweet about the show’s end, she expressed joy that the “Bones” story can continue on for one more season. “As sad as it is to know something you have loved doing for 11 years will be ending, I am so glad we will have the opportunity to end it well,” she wrote.

“Thank you Fans. Above and Beyond,” Boreanaz also tweeted.

The 11th season of “Bones” returns from its hiatus with new episodes on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.