Earlier Fox announced they were reducing the season 7 episode order from 22 episodes to 13 to accomodate the pregnancy of star Emily Deschanel. Now TVLine reports the network has upped the order by 4 episodes to 17. The 4-episode “mini-season” could air next summer, or simply be carried over into season 8 (if the show is renewed):
“Whatever happens, the four bonus hours will likely air apart from the original 13. “We’re constructing the season so that the finale is Episode 13,” Executive producer Stephen Nathan says. “And then there will ultimately be four more episodes that we can play with. [Fox] could run them on a different night, they could run them in the summer, or they could hold them for fall.”
Bones season seven premieres Thursday, November 3.