Fox President Teases Final Bones Season, Gotham Origin Story and More

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Fox President Kevin Reilly presided over the Television Critics Association press tour today, touting the likely return of one long-running favorite and the upcoming premiere of an intriguing new series.

First, Reilly was asked about the future of Bones and replied that negotiations are ongoing, but "I would anticipate it will be back."

He later added that a 10th season would almost definitely bring the series to a close.

The Mystery in the Meat Scene

Will The X Factor be back? A decision will be made soon, Reilly said, admitting: "The show underperformed this year. Simon himself would admit that… If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format that we have.."

Reilly also spoke at length about Gotham. He said the drama will tell the backstory of commissioner James Gordon, while following a 12-year old Bruce Wayne until the first time he puts on a cape.

“This is all of the classic Batman characters, with a young Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, the Riddler [and] how they came to be," Reilly teased. "What events led up to [someone] becoming Catwoman…. all with Gotham teetering on the edge.”

Among other session notes:

  • Sleepy Hollow Season 2 will start filming in March and maybe include more than 13 episodes. But not many more.
  • Fox will "hang with" Enlisted for all 13 scheduled episodes.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine is pretty much guaranteed a second season, while Reilly is “highly bullish” on The Mindy Project getting a third.

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Bones Quotes

You are a horrible child!


Booth: I worked really, really hard on my vows, but you know, now that we're here, look, um, hey. Do you remember the last time that we were here? Standing right around in this spot? It was right in the beginning before we really knew each other. I was trying to get away from you because you were irritating me and, uh, you chased me down, and you caught up to me and I said to you 'listen, I just have to get all my ducks in a row' and you said to me--
Brennan: I can be a duck.
Booth: Yeah. You know we had been chasing each other for a long time. Chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. And now chasing you has been the smartest thing that I have ever done in my life. And being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now, we, uh, we don't have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other.

Bones Music

  Song Artist
Fearless Fearless Cyndi Lauper iTunes
The world is The World Is... Matthew Ryan iTunes
Song Rain Or Shine Matthew Perryman Jones