By James Hibberd
Updated January 13, 2014 at 07:48 PM EST
Credit: Jordin Althaus/Fox

Will Bones hit 10?

It sounds likely, judging from Fox chairman Kevin Reilly’s comments at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. The executive told critics the Monday night procedural drama is looking good for a 10th season pick-up.

“We’re negotiating on Bones for another season I anticipate it will be back,” Reilly said, and also added that producer Stephen Nathan will be showunner freeing up Hart Hanson to focus on his new drama Backstrom.

After the panel, reporters asked Reilly if he anticipates the next season will be Bones‘ final season and the executive confirmed that, yes, that is his expectation. “I would anticipate it would be the final season,” he said. Though keep in mind that when it comes to broadcast networks and their procedural dramas, such plans sometimes change.

Though there have been rumors star David Boreanaz might quit the show, I’m hearing it’s very unlikely Reilly would have made such a strong statement of optimism about the show’s return odds if there were any lingering casting issues.