"Bones" creator Hart Hanson says he's very confident the procedural will be back for an eighth season.
The show, one of Fox's most consistent performers, would focus next season on lead characters Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) raising a child together, he said.
Asked if he wanted the show to return after this season, he responded, "Oh hell, yes. … I'm very confident that we'll come to an agreement and have an eighth season of 'Bones.'"
Hanson spoke to the Television Critics Assn.'s winter press tour during a panel for the "Bones" spinoff "The Finder." He appeared via Skype because he is recovering from injuries in a motorcycle crash.
Hanson said on Twitter that he was injured Tuesday morning on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles, suffering a broken ankle and minor injuries. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
He said the "Bones" team is already planning an eighth season that will focus on his lead characters starting their family after years of a will-they-or-won't-they dynamic.
"We're all excited about it and have story ideas," he said. "Putting Booth and Brennan together raising a child, as far as we're concerned, reinvigorated our series. I wouldn't want to try to figure out how to do another year of them not being together.
"I think there's still very, very good stories to be told. … There's an infinite amount of murders. So when I say stories, I mean stories that our characters generate.
"That was a long way of saying yes," he joked, "and I'm not even on painkillers right now."