BONES: Creator Hart Hanson Answers Burning Questions on The Season Premiere and Beyond
September 24, 2010 by Marisa Roffman
But if you’re like me, you may have a few nagging questions after viewing the episode.
Thankfully, I had the opportunity to chat with series creator Hart Hanson and get his take on what went down during the opener, plus his thoughts on the series going past season 6 and that whole Hannah thing…
What was your thought when the promos spoiling Angela’s pregnancy were released?
HH: I just went, “Oh my God.” But we have no say over promos. And they’re pretty good. They’re pretty smart most of the time. I wish they hadn’t done that. But also…I accept that these guys are professionals and know more about promo-ing. I wouldn’t want them to tell me what to write in my show, so I’m not going to tell them how to promo. But myself, I wish that had been a surprise. I love the fact that we kept [the Angela-Hodgins] wedding a surprise and it just popped up. I loved that.
Why didn’t we see Angela tell Hodgins she was pregnant on screen? We only saw the aftermath of him digesting the news.
HH: Because she [originally] told him in Paris.
Oh, so that was part of the Parisian fig leaf scene that you cut?
HH: Yeah! Yes! Good for you, yes, that’s right.
Is the fact that Booth skipped out on his commitment to the military going to be addressed at all?
HH: He did not join the military. He did not become a soldier.
Then what was he doing? You had mentioned Booth didn’t go back to shoot people, yet we saw him shoot three people in one scene.
HH: Okay, there are so many civilian mercenaries. There are so many civilian contractors over there.
So he didn’t join the military?
HH: He did not join the military. He worked for them. The problem is, David just looks too good in fatigues. But you’ll notice there is no insignia [on them].
And was he being truthful with Brennan about what he was doing over there? Was what we saw of his time in Afghanistan an abnormality?
HH: When he says, I just did administrative work? He’s totally lying to Brennan because he doesn’t want her to be scared. He’s just being kind.
How about the reunion between the two of them in the premiere? I heard from fans who were disappointed by their goodbye in the season finale. Did you put a lot of thought into how they would greet each other after their time apart?
HH: Oh yeah. And I’ll tell you something else — we script one thing, then we shoot it 3 or 4 ways and then we cut it different ways. Then we see what we feel is going to work in that moment.
When I talked with David Boreanaz (Booth) recently, he was pretty clear that Booth wants to make Brennan jealous in regards to his new relationship. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but when I watched the premiere, I felt like I got glimpses of that, especially when they were catching up on the steps. Was that your intention when you wrote the episode?
HH: No. I don’t think Booth wants to make Brennan jealous. He wants what’s best for her. He wants to survive what he went through with her. There’s no vindictiveness, he’s not trying to get her back. As a grown-up male, he’s going, that [relationship with Brennan is] not going to happen — in his opinion — and he’s moving on. He’s doing his best to move on and have a happy life. There’s no ulterior motives and no wanting [to make her jealous] — it’s possible that David wants Booth to make her jealous without trying, if you know what I mean. David is not an idiot, he thinks things through.
I didn’t expect David’s comments about making Brennan jealous to come into play until after Hannah arrived, but I did feel a coldness — or at the very least an obvious detachment — towards Brennan when he told her about his new relationship.
HH: Oh, that’s interesting. See, we didn’t get that. We didn’t see that. But that’s interesting. I’ll look at it with new eyes and see if I see that.
For me, the most glaring example was when he told her his relationship was as serious as a heart attack. Brennan is crushed and has an obvious physical reaction to that news and it seemed to make no difference to Booth.
HH: If we did it right, he doesn’t see that, he’s not looking at her [when that happens]. I have to say Emily [Deschanel (Brennan)] is the master at a flicker of emotion. She’s pretty good at letting it happen when Booth is looking away and we try and cut it that way. You raise an interesting thing, though — does the audience notice that, or because they’re looking at both of them, do they see that he’s uncaring? That’s an interesting question. I’ll have to look at that. I think we want Booth to want the best for someone he truly cares about, with no ulterior motives. We’ll try and get that.
Well, you do have an extra episode this year to make it all work. I know you’ve already mapped out the first 10, but have you planned out the back 13?
HH: No. [pause] We’re there now. We’re there case-wise, well into the back 13. But the other stuff, not all the way. But we had a big meeting [last Monday] about big steps, so that we can start chugging them out.
And we did briefly touch on how scary your time slot is this season. If ratings do go down significantly and this ends up being the final season, are you worried about fans not getting their proper resolution?
HH: Yes. I’m hoping in the worst case scenario, the worst case scenario, we still see it coming. If we’re really surprised, I’d be really worried about that. But I don’t think we’ll be really surprised. I think we’ll know by Christmas how we’re doing [with regards to] the network and what their intentions are. It’s a worry. And I think I’ve said many times, I don’t want to get them together in the last episode.
We’ve discussed how you already know when, in the lives of these characters, they will get together, even if you don’t know when in the life of the series that will be —
HH: That’s right.
Has that changed at all?
HH: No. [long pause] I would guess…Nobody knows anything, [but] I think we have a pretty good chance, a 50-50 chance — which ain’t bad — of getting an 8th season.
An 8th season or a 7th season?
HH: An 8th. We have a 50-50 chance. I’m pretty sure — I’d say we have a 60-40 chance — if we go for 7, we’ll probably go for 8. The big question is, will we go for 7 or will this be our last year? And it’s a big worry. It’s a big worry. Because you know…how the other [new Fox] shows do, how we do in our time slot. We’re an orphan. No one [currently] at the network developed this show.
Okay, fair enough. Let’s talk about Hannah for a minute. We’re in season 6 right now — is it risky to be bringing a serious girlfriend into the mix? Fan feedback so far hasn’t been what you would call positive…
[TJ Thyne joins us]
HH: [to Thyne] She’s hollering at me about Hannah.
I’m not hollering, I want to have a discussion about her.
HH: Do I worry about it? All the time every day. What do you think, [TJ]?
TJ Thyne: About Hannah? I love it. [Hanson laughs] I love it because she’s smart and she’s sexy–
HH: You’re going to get me out of this, aren’t you?
TJT: –and Brennan is kind of forced to go, [pause] “Oh.”
HH: If [fans are] not going to give her a chance, there’s nothing I can do about those people.
The promos are heavily pimping that storyline and how much Booth is over Brennan…
HH: They must be crazy, people who think it’s over for Booth and Brennan. Who believes that?
TJT: Here’s my feeling on it…my feeling is if Brennan goes up against someone who is vivacious and sexy and sassy and smart and has it all and can fight and in the end, [Brennan] wins her man, then God, you’re going to be so much more excited for her!
HH: [To Thyne] You should do all the interviews! [To me] Can you say that I said that?
You want me to lie?
HH: Yes. Just say I said that. Because I write most of his stuff. That was a great line.
That was a great line. And honestly, if it’s done right, it could be fantastic, but it needs to be done right.
HH: Oh, we worry about that all the time, every day — are we doing this right? But imagine what a bad show it would be if went, “Oh, we better not try that.”
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