As you may remember, when the show was renewed in May, Fox ordered 22 episodes. Then at the last TCA, Fox’s President of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly told me they would only make 13 episodes this year due to series star Emily Deschanel’s (Brennan) maternity leave. A few months later, the plans changed and they decided to add an additional four episodes to the season, which would air at some TBD time.
But now, things have changed again.
“There are episodes that haven’t been programmed yet that will either move into next season if we go forward or play into the summer,” Reilly said. “But we don’t have 22 on the schedule but we ordered 22. We need to do a new deal with BONES for next season if we’re going to keep it going. I’d like to keep it going.”
However, when I pointed out last we heard there would only be 17 episodes, he slightly amended his statement.
“We programmed 17, but we ordered 22 for the season,” he told me. “Well, let me clarify that — we ordered as many as they could produce with Emily, so if they can produce 22 when she comes back, that’s what we’ll make. You are accurate about that. We ordered, ultimately, it ended up being 17 because that was all she could do. But if she comes back, they may ultimately end up making 22.”