It’s one of those shows that keeps going and going, and the veteran Fox drama Bones can thank a great cast, led by Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, along with a writing staff that keeps the stories about digging up old bones fresh and interesting. That’s why the series has been renewed by the network for a 10th season. The crime-solver has returned to the Monday night schedule with new episodes after a brief hiatus, and will tie Beverly Hills, 90210 by next season as the longest running scripted drama in the history of Fox. Would you believe the CBS forensics crime solving series CSI debuted in 2000 and it’s expected to get a renewal for a 15th season. Plus there’s another spin-off series in the works, with the network looking to expand the brand yet again with a proposed hour-long drama focused on cybercrimes set in Quantico. It will air as a backdoor pilot in an episode this spring. According to the network, “Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button.” And a new CSI team will take charge of the high tech investigations.
CSI: Miami, the first spin-off from CSI, aired from 2002 to 2012 (producing 232 episodes). And CSI: NY aired from 2004-13, and was one season shorter (with 197 episodes). The potential new series will be written by CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and former CSI: Miami showrunner Ann Donahue.
CBS also has a proposed spin-off from NCIS in the works set in New Orleans and headlined by Scott Bakula. The former Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise and Men of a Certain Age star, Bakula will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, who is described as being driven by the need to do what is right. Set to air this spring in a two-part back-door pilot on NCIS, the likely titled NCIS: New Orleans will center on the Big Easy office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon will executive produce the spinoff. Let’s hope it has more power behind it than last season’s backdoor pilot for NCIS: Red, featuring John Corbett and Kim Raver, which was introduced on NCIS: Los Angeles but did not move forward to series.
Also returning to TV is Michael J. Fox. After NBC swung the axe on his low-rated sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show, life will go on for the beloved TV star with Fox returning to CBS’ The Good Wife in his Emmy nominated role as Louis Canning, the rival attorney to star Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick. He will guest-star on multiple episodes during the current season five of the legal drama.
This summer ABC has ordered 10-episodes of 1969-based drama Astronaut Wives Club, which promises to tell the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Based on the book of the same name by Lily Koppel, the show is from writer-producer Stephanie Savage (Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl) and executive producers Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein and Michael London. Other original scripted dramas scheduled to air this summer include returning Mistresses, Motive and Rookie Blue on ABC, Under the Dome and upcoming Extant from Steven Spielberg on CBS, and the revival of 24: Live Another Day on Fox.
Legendary actress Ann-Margret has been added to the cast of the second season of the Showtime drama Ray Donovan in the recurring role of June Wilson, a major star back in her day that has a past with Ray’s boss Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould). Headlined by Liev Schreiber and Emmy Award winner Jon Voigt, other actors slated to appear on Ray Donovan in season two include Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn, Kip Pardue, and Wendell Pierce. Production on the second season’s 12 episodes is currently underway in Los Angeles and is set for a summer premiere.