Less than five months after Bones went off the air, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden admits the long-running crime procedural could still have a future on the network.
After 12 seasons, the drama starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel bid farewell, but with the rate of shows being revived left and right — we’re looking at you, Will & Grace and Roseanne — Walden was asked how much time would have to pass before putting the show back on the air.
“I think David Boreanaz would be upset with his new show premiering if I said it was any time soon,” Walden said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday. “I would anticipate ultimately we would happily do something around Bones, and that group was so close and the experience was so good for all of them. I can’t say definitively, we’ve had no conversations, it’s just too soon, and they’re all pursuing different things right now.”
For his part, Boreanaz will return to primetime this fall in the CBS military drama SEAL Team — though the actor didn’t seem that positive about reprising his Bones role following the finale at TCA in January. “It’s very hard for me to answer that question, honestly,” Boreanaz said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in six hours. I mean, you’re asking a hypothetical question, but everything is possible in life. But I tend to like to go forward. I don’t like to go backwards… In general, I don’t like reunions and I don’t like to go back.”
Bones creator Hart Hanson, however, previously seemed open to the idea of following in the footsteps of fellow network series like 24 and Prison Break. “I think those things are always possible, and very desirable,” Hanson said.