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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Fox renews ‘Bones’ for eighth season

Brennan and Booth investigate a murder on “Bones.” (Patrick McElhenney - Fox)
Fox’s dino-drama “Terra Nova” may have rigor mortis, and its doc-drama “House” may be scheduled for scraping, but the network has renewed its Washington-set crime dramedy “Bones” for an eighth season.

“Over the past seven seasons, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible ‘Bones’ cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility and I’m really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season,” Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly said Thursday in a statement.

The announcement was timed to help publicize the show’s return to Fox’s schedule this coming Monday — new night, and new timeslot (8 p.m.). Only about half a season’s worth of “Bones” episodes were ordered this season, and the program has been off the air since mid-January — in order to accommodate star Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy.

“Bones” has been a reliable player for Fox for seven seasons. This season to date, original episodes of “Bones” have been pulling in about 12 million viewers and around 4 percent of the country’s 18-49 year olds — who are the currency of broadcast TV ad sales.

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