“Bones” fans will have a chance to say a proper goodbye to the long-running show in 2016-17.

FOX has picked up a 12th and final season of the show. It will be a short one, running 12 episodes. Stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz have signed new contracts to return for the final run.

“In times like these, marked by instability and doubt, it’s comforting to know the world can count on at least one dependable beacon of stability. Apparently, that beacon is ‘Bones,'” series creator Hart Hanson says in a statement. “It just shows what you can do with an amalgam of genius cast, amazing crew, cunning writers,  stalwart studio, sweat, a tough economy, a mercurial network, determination, luck, magic, miracles and the most loyal audience in the world.”

The renewal comes despite the fact that Deschanel and Boreanaz are currently suing FOX and “Bones” producer 20th Century Fox TV over profits they say they’re owed. (Executive producer Barry Josephson is also part of the legal action.)

Nonetheless, network chairman Dana Walden told reporters in January that the court case wouldn’t affect the show’s chances for renewal. She and fellow chairman Gary Newman have made good on that promise.

“It was extremely important to us and to Hart, the producers and the cast that we send the show off in a way that gives those loyal fans a meaningful and satisfying conclusion,” Walden and Newman say in a statement.

The first half of Season 11 averaged a 1.14 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for FOX. The show returns to the network on April 14.

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Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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