Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images Photo: Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson at "An Evening With Bones" on May 9, 2011

Good news, squinterns! We already know that Bones Season 8 starts in September, but we could be inching closer and closer to Bones sealing the deal on a 9th season! Executive Producer Stephen Nathan is hot off the heels of signing a two-year overall contract with 20th Television, the studio behind our favorite crime drama!

"We're very happy to been in business with Stephen," 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden tells The Hollywood Reporter. "He's a fantastic guy, a great writer who's incredibly versatile. You can tell from the writing on Bones, which is a very unique tone that mixes great drama and very emotional relationships along with a terrific amount of humor –– and that's what Stephen does particularly well."

Stephen's new contract allows him to keep his job as executive producer on Bones', and also lets him work on new projects for the studio. "While we hope he will continue to keep an eye on Bones, we're very open to his development and look forward to having the opportunity one day to be making overall writer deals to support Stephen's own shows," Dana says.

Now that Stephen is married to Fox, can we expect Bones to last well beyond its upcoming eighth season? Fingers and femurs crossed! "I would never say never with Bones," Dana says. "I don't know right now that I can say exactly when the end is for Bones; we're going into an exciting new season with great new dynamics between the characters on the show, and it's hard to say right now when the end might be. I hope it goes on for a very long time."

There aren't enough exclamation points in the world to express how excited we are!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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