Emily Deschanel and David Boreanez will be back when Bones returns to FOX on Sep 17th. Now producers are trying to make sure that they’ll be back again next fall for season 9 of the hit show. Today, the show’s producers, Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan said:

“They are currently negotiating through Season 9,” Hanson said on a conference call. He added: “We’re pretty confident they’ll come to an agreement.”

The current contracts expire at the end of this season.

Last Spring, the Angel alumn, Boreanez had mentioned that he was interested in moving on from the role… but that is the same thing that Tom Welling said about Smallville before he heard the sound of a Brinks truck backing up to his door and he changed his tune.

Here’s what producers had to say about that:

Source: Deadline