The drama, created by Hart Hanson and starring Emily Deschanel as forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and David Boreanaz as FBI agent Seeley Booth, has been one of Fox's most consistent performers. Hanson correctly predicted at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January that the show would be back for an eighth season.
He said at the time that the season would focus on Bones and Booth raising their child together now that they are finally a couple after several seasons of will-they-or-won't-they.
"We're all excited about it and have story ideas," Hanson said. "Putting Booth and Brennan together raising a child, as far as we're concerned, reinvigorated our series. I wouldn't want to try to figure out how to do another year of them not being together."
Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly said Thursday that the show has "redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility."
"I'm really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season," he said.
Far less certain was the future of the "Bones" spinoff "The Finder," which debuted this year to unimpressive ratings.
"Bones" returns with a new night and time on Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m., for the first of seven new episodes in a row.
(Editing by Chris Michaud)