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Emily Deschanel  (photo by Margie Barron)

Emily Deschanel (photo by Margie Barron)

Old Bones! 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 (who also produce the show), 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? It now has a renewal for a 15th season. Plus there’s another spin-off series in the works, with the network expanding the brand yet again with star Patricia Arquette. The upcoming new CSI drama will focus on cybercrimes. 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 new series will be written by CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and former CSI: Miami showrunner Ann Donahue.

CBS has the spin-off from NCIS set in New Orleans and headlined by Scott Bakula. The former Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise and Men of a Certain Age star, Bakula plays NCIS Special Agent Pride, who is described as being driven by the need to do what is right, and doing things “Old School.” NCIS: New Orleans will center on the Big Easy office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. NCIS star Mark Harmon is one of the executive producers of 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.

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 among the 12 new episodes of Ray Donovan will include Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn, Kip Pardue, and Wendell Pierce. The Ray Donovan season premiere is set for July 13, the night that will also bring back season two of Showtime’s super-hot Masters of Sex. #


Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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