BONES Scoop: A New Romance, Who Will Be Popping Up in the Season Finale and More
January 10, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
BONES is back this week, but its return is just a tease — not only is the show temporarily borrowing its old Thursday at 8 PM time slot, but after the one (very important) hour it will then go off the air for the next few months. (An exact return date is still TBD.)
But it’s never too early to start teasing what to expect when the show comes back for its next batch of episodes, right? I caught up with BONES executive producers Stephen Nathan and Carla Kettner at Fox’s TCA party and grilled them on what viewers can expect in the second half of the season…
Cam is getting a storyline!
The executive producers teased last year that they hoped to further Cam’s relationship with her daughter, Michelle, and that will soon be coming to fruition on the series.
“There is a Cam storyline coming up with her daughter and Finn [in the eighth episode],” Nathan teased.
Does that mean romance is brewing between Michelle and the delinquent squintern?
“It seems like there should be,” he allowed.
“Cam is going to have to try and deal with that!” Kettner laughed.
Given how Cam has handled some of her past issues with Michelle, odds are this won’t work out any more favorably…
An update on the return of Agent Shaw:
“We’re thrilled to have Tina [Majorino] back,” Nathan said of Agent Shaw’s return, which is also set for the eighth episode. “In an odd way, she’s Booth squintern — she’s Booth’s intern. So we’re slowly getting to know more and more about her. So we’ll learn more about her in this episode. More will be revealed.”
A familiar face will be appearing in an upcoming episode of BONES — executive producer Stephen Nathan!
“I believe I am [appearing on the show],” he said when I questioned him about the recent photo of him looking rather dressed up on set. “I’m playing a doctor.”
But Nathan, who will appear in the seventh episode of the season — AKA the first one back after the hiatus — was quick to shoot down speculation he might actually help deliver Booth and Brennan’s child.
“No, no, no,” he said. “I can definitively state that I am not delivering the baby. [But] I have lines. I will be giving up acting for the second time in my life after this.”
Brennan’s maternity leave:
While BONES creator Hart Hanson told me before the season premiere that “the audience should not feel a time jump” after Brennan gives birth, Nathan confirmed that those plans changed.
“Time will stretch between the time the baby is born and the next episode, because she can’t come back to work right away,” Nathan explained. He joked, “And what has happened is there has been a strange and bizarre lull: no one is murdered in the United States and there have been no nefarious acts, no crime whatsoever, for 4-6 weeks.”
Brennan giving birth has prompted world peace?
“World peace for six weeks after Brennan gives birth,” he laughed. “It’s a miracle.”
But post-birth, there comes the matter of who is going to take care of the baby while her parents are off solving crimes. If the executive producers get their way, a familiar character will be assigned that job.
“We will have one very special babysitter coming to take care of Booth and Brennan’s child,” Kettner teased. “And that hopefully will be Max!”
Will there be extra season 7 episodes? And who is set to appear in the season finale?
Of course, the big BONES buzz of the party was the comments made by Fox’s president, Kevin Reilly, that the network wanted more episodes than had been previously announced.
“If that’s the case, Kevin must be shooting five of them,” Nathan said. “Because I don’t know, just in terms of the time-space continuum — there’s no real way for us to fit 22 episodes in [this year]. I think what he meant by that was if we could give him 22, he’d love to have 22 to air whenever he wanted, but it was our understanding there was no more time to run BONES episodes this season. Because what will be our episode 13 will [air] in May. So unless they’re planning on running all through the summer…”
“It’s up in the air,” he continued. “I guess from his standpoint, what if a show goes down? They can throw BONES in for as many episodes as we have. And those are the things we’re working out now.”
And while many fans might be delighted at the prospect of additional episodes, those extra hours could pose a problem for the creative team.
“The only difficulty we have is we have to end where we end [in episode 13] because of the nature of the finale, which is going to be big.” Nathan teased. “It will affect the series in a big way.”
Ah, yes, the season finale. While I’ll have much more for you on the new serial killer in the coming days, this little tease from Kettner is too juicy to hold on to…
“[Their new foe is] going to be in two episodes this season,” Kettner shared. “His second episode — I think…I’m very hopeful [but it depends on scheduling] — will be the finale. And no, his storyline will not be resolved [in that episode]. So put that together, and you might have a little bit of a spoiler.”
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