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Fox has ordered four more episodes of Bones — but they may not air this season, TVLine reports.

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After scaling back the seventh season to 13 episodes because of Emily Deschanel

's pregnancy, the network has picked up the additional episodes to air either over the summer or as part of an anticipated eighth season.The extra episodes will be written as standalones since the season has already been plotted out through 13 episodes, executive producer Stephen Nathan tells the site.

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"Because the show is centrally episodic, and we know what's happening with Booth and Brennan, we can do four great episodes that are almost like a mini-season," Nathan says. "So we can do a four-episode mini season after the 13-episode regular season."Bones premieres Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9/8c with six episodes, before breaking until the spring, when it will return with the remaining seven. In the interim, its spin-off The Finder will air in its place.