'Bones' renewed for final season

Fox has ordered a 12th and final season of "Bones," the network announced Thursday.

Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel appeared chipper about the news. "This is for the fans!" Boreanaz said in a statement.

"I am thrilled the show will have the ending it deserves for all of our amazing, loyal fans!" added Deschanel.

Showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson said they were "thrilled" knowing there would be a Season 12, so that they can "now write the most rewarding Season 11 finale possible -- one we hope will leave our fans excited for what's to come in this final season of 'Bones.'"

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Creator Hart Hanson, who ceded showrunner duties a few years back, said: "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." 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."

"Bones'" final season will consist of 12 episodes. The drama will return to close out its 11th season on Thursday, April 14 on Fox.