The Season 10 news came along with an announcement that “Bones” would be moving back to its Monday, 8 p.m. timeslot as of March 10. The series, which has previously aired on every weeknight over its nine seasons, occupied this position on the schedule during the fall of 2013.
This is great news for “Bones” fans … or is it? A Season 10 renewal means that “Bones” will reach the 200th episode milestone — a huge deal for any program nowadays — and it means at least one more year following the investigations of Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). Those are good things. The bad part may come in when we consider if there are any stories left to tell on “Bones.”
Think about what the show has dealt with already. Booth and Brennan spent almost seven years in a tense game of will-they-or-won’t-they before tragedy led them to bed and to an unexpected pregnancy. Brennan had baby Christine in the following season (an event that coincided with Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy). Then the couple finally got married in Season 9.
Secondary characters have had a lot in their lives too. Hodgins (TJ Thyne) and Angela (Michaela Conlin) have also married and procreated. Cam (Tamara Taylor) has adopted a teenager and dated around before settling on one of the squinterns. Even Sweets (John Francis Daley) has had a long-term relationship and has gone through some professional changes.
What could be left after this? Season 9 has mostly — other than the long-anticipated Booth-Brennan wedding — been filled with incidentals. Cam has had to deal with identity theft. Hodgins is improbably zen about losing his vast fortune. A serial killer has been killed and another may be out there.
The only really big event recently is the nasty form of cancer the show gave to beloved squintern Wendell (Michael Grant Terry). A bit of a downer and a side story at best, is this all we can hope for as “Bones” continues into its 10th season?
Hopefully, “Bones” really does have more to give to its audiences. Other shows have stayed healthy through Season 10 and “Bones” could do it too. After all, the show has lasted this long — something could easily keep audiences coming back for at least one more year.