Credit: Patrick McElhenney/FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co.

Praise Baby Christine — the wait is over! FOX announced that we will feast our eyes on Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in the Bones Season 8 on September 17, 2012 at 8:00pm.

Show creator Hart Hanson says that the Season 8 premiere will deal immediately with the Season 7 Finale cliffhanger: Brennan’s on the run, Booth’s turned in his gun, and Pelant — he’s just a really bad dude.

No word thus far on how the 4-episode bonus mini-season will factor into the Season 8 premiere — will we get some of these bonus stand-alone episodes trickled in while we cross the Xs off the calendar counting down to September 17?

Let’s keep those fingers crossed, Squinterns.

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