BONES: Hart Hanson and Carla Kettner Tease What You Need to Know About Season 7 (Part 1)
August 25, 2011 by Marisa Roffman
While most shows will be returning to our televisions in the next month or so, BONES fans still have to wait two-plus months before they get resolution on that little Booth and Brennan baby cliffhanger. However, the delayed start date hasn’t stopped spoilers from leaking out about the upcoming year.
“I think there’s too much stuff out there [about the new season] already,” BONES creator Hart Hanson told me at the recent Fox TCA party. Still, he and BONES writer Carla Kettner were willing to tease a few things fans should know about season 7…
How many episodes will Emily Deschanel (Brennan) appear in?
With series star Deschanel’s pregnancy already worked into the series, will she still be appearing in every episode of the seventh season?
“Oh yeah,” Hanson confirmed. “That’s why it is a shortened season. We had alternate scenarios that we pitched the network where we could have four or six episodes without her and they think that if one those two [leads] isn’t there, it ain’t the BONES show.”
Get ready for a new serial killer!
Booth, Brennan and the Jeffersonian gang may have just nabbed the latest serial killer to give them trouble, but another one is already heading their way in season 7.
“You know about the serial killer, which we actually think is really cool,” Hanson teased. “And you’ve never heard me say that before. It’s like, ‘Ugh, serial killers.’ I don’t like them. We do them because the audience likes serial killers, but it always seems kind of crazy to me. But I love this serial killer. I think we have a new motive and a way the serial killer does things…someone who is as interested in technology and the view of the world as [Brennan] is. And kills in the strangest ways. I really like it. I keep trying to think who came up with the final iteration of this, because I kept going, ‘No, no, no, no.’ I think it was [executive producer] Stephen [Nathan] who finally said, ‘How about this?’”
Kettner — who wrote the sixth episode of the upcoming season where the new foe is introduced — was visibly excited while discussing the latest big bad the team is facing.
“Right now, for the episode where we introduce our new serial killer, I’m learning about quantum indeterminacy and Schrödinger’s cat,” she said. “[The show] makes it fun to explore new stuff.”
“Hopefully we’ll get the chance to explore the whole arc in season 7,” Kettner added. “If not, we’ll carry it over to [a potential] season 8. Depending on how many episodes we have [this year]. This guy I’m happy to carry it over two seasons because it’s the first character I’ve felt is potentially an intellectual match for Brennan. I think it will be cool.”
What the heck is going on with Booth and Brennan?
The fastest way to get the BONES writers to turn coy? Ask them about the status of the Booth and Brennan relationship.
“If I say almost anything, it tells you where Booth and Brennan are,” Hanson explained. “In terms of are they living together, are they raising the child together, are they having sex regularly, where are they?”
Kettner was able to tease a little bit more about this new level to the partners’ relationship. “They’re committed to parenting their child,” she noted. “They’re so comfortable with each other. I think it’s going to be giant fun.”
And while the duo have never quite managed to say “I love you” in the past, Hanson was mum on whether they’ve already exchanged those three little words in the time we missed during this latest time jump.
“I’m not going to tell you that,” he said. “Why would I tell you that? That’s what I want people to tune in to find out! [The time jump is] the nature of the beast. You go away for six months and your choices are either it’s the next day or it’s six months later. For us, it’s six months later. But I think nothing will be missed. I believe people will be — I’ve been wrong before — pleased by some of the images and what they see in the first episode.”
But if you were worried Brennan’s pregnancy might impact her professional partnership with Booth, Hanson has some words of comfort…kind of.
“I want you to tune in to find out [if they are still working together],” he said. “But let’s face it, of course they are. But I still don’t want to answer it but to say of course they are, the show is about those two people solving murders.”
Guest stars, guest stars and more guest stars!
While there may be fewer hours to the show this season, that doesn’t mean viewers won’t get to see some of their favorites return. In addition to the return of Tina Majorino’s Agent Shaw and Ralph Waite’s Hank, a few other familiar faces are scheduled to be popping back up.
“Ryan [O'Neal (Max)] is coming back, but we have to check availability,” Hanson said. “It will be in the first six [episodes]. And Cyndi [Lauper] is very busy touring, but we have availabilities and we will use her. Same with Billy Gibbons. He has a week available and he’s actually written into a script.”
But no, for those of you who have been asking, unfortunately there are no plans to for Zack to return any time soon.
Will there be another BONES-THE FINDER crossover?
Now that it’s been confirmed the BONES actors will be shooting less episodes than they do in a normal season, I wanted to know if viewers would get the chance to see any of the squints make their way over to Hanson’s new series, THE FINDER, to reunite with Walter Sherman. (As viewers may recall, Geoff Stults’ Walter was first introduced during “The Finder” episode of BONES’ sixth season.)
“I hope so,” Hanson said. “We have this nice gap when Emily is off having a baby where people won’t be working unless they get movies, so it would be awesome to do that [on THE FINDER]. We have one really solid idea for it and a few vague ideas. We’d like to do it.”
And while Hanson didn’t want to expand too much on the potential idea in case things don’t work out, he did tease that Walter’s past health issues could be a key for the next quasi-crossover.
“Walter has a brain ailment,” reminded Hanson. “And Cam has done studies and Sweets is somebody who tends to evaluate people to see if they are competent to work in federal agencies.”
Make sure to check back soon for more teases from Hanson and Kettner!
What are you looking forward to in BONES season 7?
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