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@HartHanson On “Bones” Renewal, “The Finder” Future And Baby Bones

by Jim on March 29, 2012 · 2 comments

Brennan (Emily Deschanel, R) and Booth (David Boreanaz, L) adjust to their new routine as parents in the April 9th "The Bump in the Road" episode.

@BonesOnFox @TheFinderOnFox  It’s a good day to be Hart Hanson. Not only did Fox announce earlier today that his series Bones was picked up for an eighth season but after a hiatus of being off the air (due to shooting around star Emily Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy late last year), the series returns to the air with new episodes in its new Monday timeslot (8/7c). In the midst of a busy day of congratulations and chatting with the press, I grabbed some time to talk about the details of getting the renewal, the prognosis on Hanson’s Bones spin-off, The Finder, and how ‘Baby Bones’ will alter – or not alter – the popular murder series.

Jim Halterman: Congratulations on the pick up!

Hart Hanson: Thank you. It’s not completely unexpected but it’s always nice when it happens.

JH: From the business side of things, are there negotiations and storylines that you have to present when you get a pick-up or at this point does Fox know what they’re getting?

HH: They know. Informally, throughout the year, when you pitch the season ender, for example, they say ‘What do you see? How do we get out of this when we start the next season?’ They want to make sure you don’t back yourself into a corner. So you talk about that and you’re always talking with them about how characters are working and how the balance between personal and procedural is going. It’s part of the conversation that we have at least weekly or anytime they give notes or you have coffee with them.

In the old days…for season two and, I think, three I had to make a formal presentation to the network saying ‘Here’s next season with, say, eight cases and the idea where the personal stories were going.’ I don’t have to do that anymore. They know what the cases are going to be and they’ve gathered the information as we’ve gone along. It’s really just, at this point, just business and more between the studio and the network than me.

JH: I know the press release earlier today didn’t say how many episodes for season eight. Have they said how many there will be?

HH: The assumption is 22 and then somewhere around Halloween or Thanksgiving, we’ll start saying ‘Well, do they want 24? Do we want to do 24?’ but the season order is for 22 but it could go up to 24. But I doubt it because we have these four hanging episodes, which we already have. Then we’d have 26 next year if that’s when….CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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Jenny March 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Such a great interview. I love reading or listening to Hart talk about his shows, because it’s so evident that he loves his cast and crew and the show in general. I was thrilled to hear about the renewal. Congrats to Hart & the gang!

Debbie Nelson March 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

I am thrilled that we get Bones another season. It is my favorite show!! I’ve watched all the reruns over and over!! Keep the great writing and acting going!!

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