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'Bones' final season premiere set for January

By Wade Sheridan
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'Bones' final season premiere set for January
Emily Deschanel (L) and David Boreanaz, who portray Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and FBI special agent Seeley Booth respectively in the television crime drama "Bones," attend the show's 100th episode celebration in West Hollywood, Calif. on April 7, 2010. Fox will premiere the series final season starting in January. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Fox has announced that the 12th and final season of their hit series Bones is set to premiere on January 3.

"We've loved working on Bones and are so excited to bring our fans this final season," current showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson said in a statement.

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"After 12 years on the air, it's an honor to be able to write the exciting and meaningful ending, which the show deserves," they continued.

"From the very first season, Bones was called 'The Little Engine That Could.' So we could not be prouder of ending up as Fox's longest-running scripted drama," added series creator Hart Hanson. "And we got there because of an insanely loyal, loud, lovely, lively audience."

According to Deadline, Bones' 12 episode final season will debut in a new time slot Tuesdays at 9 p.m. The show originally planned to conclude this fall in the Thursday 9 p.m. slot, but was pushed back to make way for baseball drama Pitch.

Bones, which follows forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) as they solve murder cases, first premiered on Fox starting in 2005.

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