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BONES Moving to Fridays: Marisa and Sarah on Why This Could Actually Be a Good Thing

November 14, 2013 by  

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BONES has bounced all over the Fox schedule during its nine seasons on Fox, but this week, the show will go somewhere it has never gone before: airing original episodes on Friday nights.

Some fans are worried about the move. It’s an understandable concern whenever a show changes nights. However, BONES recapping rock star Sarah Curtis and I are actually feeling…pretty positive about the move. (I promise.)

Curious as to why we’re OK with the shift? Take a look at what we had to say about BONES finally making the move to Fridays…

Marisa: So, this is it…BONES is finally moving to Fridays.  They’ve announced it multiple times before during previous seasons, but unless something catastrophic happens, it’ll actually happen this Friday. And, honestly, I’m not worried. Part of it is my gut (Brennan would likely very much disapprove of that), and part of it is that there has been literally no indication from anyone I’ve spoken with/anything I’ve heard in the past six months that this was done as a way to end the show. What are your thoughts?

Sarah: There has been a lot of talk in the online Bones fandom about the show’s move to Friday. I am not doing cartwheels about it, but I’m also not opposed to it. I’m fine with it. Admittedly, the idea of watching and recapping an episode on Friday night, joining in on some discussions and NOT having to go to work the next morning is a big (albeit selfish) reason. But when I dig past that to some other main points, I find I’m still good to go with the move.

Marisa: Let’s hear it…


  1. Network interest

I agree with what others have said: networks don’t “need” to move a show to Friday to kill it off or to hope it dies naturally — they just cancel shows.  I’m not a ratings expert, but I’m guessing they have analysts dedicated to how well the show does in different time slots, what works best before and after it, etc.  The main problem I’ve seen is that in the past, when they’ve made the suggestion about moving the show to Fridays, the words “threat,” “doomed,” “killer time-slot” are tossed around, sometimes by the network, sometimes by people involved directly with the show and sometimes by fans. It’s given this move a “punishment” feel, like parents who threaten their kids all of the time and then all of a sudden follow through with something — which is unfair here and in an actual parent/child situation.  I think Fox would do well to promote the move and continue to do so. But (in keeping with the parent analogy), BONES is in high school and other Fox shows are still in diapers. As “parents,” the network has different responsibilities to each show to determine its success in life. While we may see the show as our “baby” and favorite thing, the network has a lot of other things grasping for its attention — including the checkbook.

Marisa: To be completely fair, how Fox handled this absolutely could have been better. You’re totally right with the parent comparison, because this has been a “threat” for years. And since they were kept in place for “good behavior” (AKA good ratings), now that it needs to move for genuine lack of schedule room purposes (when you have three hours of reality in a ten-hour Monday-Friday schedule, things get complicated), I can understand how it feels like a punishment.

Fox’s decision to delay the Friday move — something that was announced during the BONES wedding, just a mere two weeks before it was supposed to happen — also didn’t look great. That was absolutely something that should have been decided earlier.

But I also think the reality of things is that Friday isn’t a death slot. Fox did a great job of making that clear (and actually mocking the “death” rumors with a great promo) when FRINGE was moved there. FRINGE survived there for years. GRIMM has worked on NBC for years. So has BLUE BLOODS on CBS. If you’re a baby show and you’re shifted to Fridays, it’s probably not the best sign. If you’re  show that is nine seasons in and has proven time and time and time again that you can make anything work, this is just another step in the journey. At this point in TV, Fridays is not the death slot. When we should actually worry is if it gets shifted to Saturdays. (THAT is the real death slot.)

So, what’s next?


  1. Show is incredibly enjoyable

I don’t want the show to be cancelled, but honestly, if someone had told me in season three that the show would get nine (or ten) seasons, that B&B would be happy and married with a baby, I would have laughed it off as unlikely. That all of this (and more) has happened is amazing. There have been moments when the show has made me furious, but it has also made me laugh, cry, think, feel gratitude, and so much more, and all in all, I’ve loved so much about it. It isn’t being selfish to want more and more of BONES, and I don’t think the show has run its course and needs put out to pasture or anything like that. I just find the show to have been and still be incredibly satisfying. For the most part, I’m happy to watch anything these people put on the air, anytime, any place. Everything else is details.

Marisa: Right. In some ways, anything else is gravy. Booth and Brennan are married. That’s still a little surreal. I don’t want the show to end. But when the time comes for it to come to a close, I will honestly be able to say we got more out of this journey than I ever thought we would.

It’s weird, I remember the cast and producers joking during the 100th episode celebration, “Here’s to 100 more!” And at the time, I thought it was a lovely sentiment, but figured they wouldn’t get there. Even though the show was getting record ratings at that point, 200 episodes is a huge, huge, huge thing most shows don’t achieve. I figured maybe they’d get to seven or eight seasons. 150 seemed possible. 200 seemed unfathomable. Now, it’s just around the corner. If they make it one more season, they’ll have hit 200. Lesson learned: never underestimate the show.


  1. The fanbase/viewer base can handle it

I laugh with friends sometimes when it seems like EVERYONE I know is talking about a certain BONES plotline on Twitter or something like that — when in reality, it only seems that way because I follow a lot of BONES fans. The “data” is flawed because I’m pulling it from a small pool of information.  The show pulls in millions of viewers a week. I think it is fair to assume that some of those millions or at least several hundred thousand are not online discussing the show with us. They tune in, they watch, they move on. If as a fan, I feel anxiety about MY place in the fandom or whether or not the aforementioned people will still want to be friends with me when BONES is over…well, that is my problem. It’s not fair to superimpose that anxiety to the network or the show. My guess is that millions of people will still watch Bones for as long as it is on the air, and I think it will be an another eventual testament to the much-proven loyalty and tenacity of the Bones fandom.

Marisa: Yeah, Twitter/online conversations can definitely be skewed based on whom you’re following, but you are completely correct that there are millions of people who are not part of the online fandom.

One of the helpful things about being a television viewer these days is you don’t have to be a part of the fandom to stay on top of your show. Thanks to DVRs, if you set a season pass to a show, it’ll pick it up no matter what time the show airs. So it’s possible some BONES fans offline will go into Friday not knowing the show is airing then. But it’s also very, very possible they’ll wake up Saturday morning and realize, surprise, they have a new episode to watch. Networks are taking DVR usage into accounts now. It’s not something to dismiss.

  1. The show can handle it — and will likely thrive

Of course, it’s not fair to give ALL of the credit to a possible Friday night success to the fans/viewers. I remember a 2010 interview with David Boreanaz (Booth) where he said, “We’re the little show that could and the little show that has,” and I think that is still true. He was answering a question about the show’s success on Thursdays and went on to discuss how the show has found a lot of success in keeping its relationships at the forefront and for having patience in letting stories/character arcs grow naturally. I was reminded of that when I thought about how the show would do in a Friday night slot.

The truth is that BONES has remained steady in the ratings on any night of the week because it is good. If it can bring in a steady stream of viewers to Friday night, I think it can have a good home there. “Why mess with a good thing” is a question I see a lot, and with the way all networks tinker with their schedule, it’s a valid point. My educational guess is that when it comes to Friday nights, if a show does well, the network will be less likely to mess with it. I hope that leads to more freedom for the writers and at least one additional season.

Marisa: It also should be noted that the ratings pressure BONES will be under on Fridays will be significantly, significantly less than Mondays. It probably won’t hold 100% of its live audience on Friday, and that’s OK. But I’d be absolutely shocked if those DVR numbers don’t skyrocket. And yes, I do think this is the best way for a season 10.

In many ways, if they keep their heads down and keep doing what they’re doing, the rest (hopefully) doesn’t matter. As long as they make a quality show, as history has indicated, the fans will show up.

So now it’s your turn to weigh in — will you follow the show to Fridays?

BONES makes its Friday debut on November 15th at 8 PM on Fox.


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8 Responses to “BONES Moving to Fridays: Marisa and Sarah on Why This Could Actually Be a Good Thing”

  1. Jenna on November 14th, 2013 1:34 pm

    As you have mentioned, Bones has moved around to nearly every slot available. A few years ago, every move made me nervous. But the fans proved that we will follow the show no matter when its on. So I’m not too worried about the change.
    To be honest, I’m more worried about Raising Hope’s move. Its one of my favorite sitcoms and since it has never done fantastic in the ratings, I feel like RH is the one Fox is thinking of canceling.

    On the other hand, I’m never doing anything on Friday nights so it will be nice to have some good tv to watch!

  2. Karen on November 14th, 2013 4:07 pm

    I will be there whatever night it is on..may have to dvr sometimes but I always watch it the same night and usually more than once. I really enjoy this show..both the murder and the relationships.

  3. sandyholl on November 14th, 2013 8:07 pm

    People need to think positive! Bones is the best show on TV in my opinion and no matter what night it is on I will watch! I, However, do not own a dvr so I can’t record it! So I’m going to have to wait for a week to watch it online if for some reason I can’t watch it on Friday night.BUT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER I WILL WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Susana on November 14th, 2013 10:38 pm

    I will follow BONES any day of the week. I love the show and believe it will do great on friday night!

  5. Beth on November 15th, 2013 12:25 am

    I love Bones. I hope there are further seasons ahead. Its just a good show that is in no way boring or done. The more I have read concerning the Friday move, the more confident I feel that it will remain stable in ratings. I hope it makes history and ratings increase! All things are possible. Like you said…its the little show that could. And has. And probably will!

  6. andrea on November 15th, 2013 9:01 am

    I agree with all of the posts/Marisa and Sarah who say that Bones will do fine on Fridays and I for sure will not only DVR it but will watch it live! I have followed the show since the beginning and love it-it’s also my favorite show. I definitely believe Bones will get a season 10-there’s still so many stories to tell and no matter what day of the week Bones moves to I will be watching!

  7. ruth ann walker on November 15th, 2013 3:49 pm

    Hey, bones is the best show on tv and you can bet I will be watching whatever night it is on. Everyone I talk to I promote the show. the cast and especially B&B do a fabulous job every week, and I applaud them, thanks for your hard work. When bones is not on regular tv I’m watching re-runs, which even as I’m sending this message I’m watching re-runs on (TNT) every day from 12 P to 4 P and at night watch netflix who has all (8) seasons, I’M on my my (3) time around all seasons, soon to start 4 x. Thanks again, love the show 🙂 🙂 🙂 :-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)


  8. Lisa Ling on November 20th, 2013 5:40 pm

    BONES hasn’t been nearly as good since SEASON 1 . After they replaced the original head of the Smithsonian with CAM everything seemed to go downhill. It’s nothing more than a carbon copy of CSI only using bones instead of DNA. The first season was special. Don’t get me wrong I like Cam but the original head of the Jeffersonian WAS BETTER . As well as the story lines and the plot. Temperance was well balanced in season 1 she was doing what she loved and solving crimes on the side not a full flegde FBI detective. That shift i thought was stupid. I enjoyed the actual storylines that included her real work.