The legal drama over a Fox crime drama is intensifying. The two top stars of “Bones” are now suing the network, producer 20th Century Fox Television and others alleging they are owed “tens of millions of dollars” in profits, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show, in its 11th season, is the longest-running drama in the history of the Fox Network. Stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz have now added their star power to a growing dispute over profit sharing.
Deschanel and Boreanaz joined with author and executive producer Kathy Reichs in filing their own suit, following a similar suit filed last week by Barry Josephson, one of the show’s executive producers.
The new suit from Deschanel, Boreanaz and Reichs “claims they saw zero profits for years despite the success of the show,” THR reports.
In the suit, “the trio claim Fox has underpaid them through accounting tricks and ‘vertical integration,’ in which a company’s production division licenses a show at an artificially discounted rate to the company’s affiliated distribution channel,” the story reports. “They also claim Fox fraudulently accounted for revenue, employed strong-arm tactics to lower license fees to the point that the series never showed a profit, and withheld key documents that would help them better ascertain the extent to which they are owed money.”
The filing also makes note of what the complaint says is Fox’s “leading role in the well-documented history of Hollywood accounting scandals,” pointing to a history of lawsuits over shows including “M*A*S*H,” “The X-Files” and “NYPD Blue,” THR adds.