BONES: Hart Hanson on Getting a Season 9, the Possibility for Season 10, Pelant, and More
January 21, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
Pelant returns tonight on BONES (star Tamara Taylor teased he returns in a “gnarly, creepy, scary way”) and things get a bit dramatic. (Okay, that might be a really big understatement.)
And while this arc has been going on for more than a year (and potentially may have had a shorter run had things worked out differently), thanks to Fox’s early renewal of BONES, it may be continuing on a little bit longer.
I spoke with BONES creator Hart Hanson about getting season 9 early, if there’s life for the show beyond that, and more…
The BONES renewal was just announced, but there were rumors and rumblings about it for a while. When did you find out you’d officially be back for a season 9?
Hart Hanson: We knew…season 9 has been picked up for a long time, but there were a number of contingencies. There was a license deal and then deals with actors. So there were a multitude of things that had to happen before the pickup was official. I found out that the last of those things happened shortly before Christmas.
David Boreanaz (Booth) and Emily Deschanel (Brennan) have signed on to return, but will the rest of the cast remain intact for season 9?
HH: Our plan right now is to have everyone back for [season] 9.
The way the season has been playing out, it almost feels like you guys could be on the path to writing out Michaela Conlin (Angela)…
HH: Right? Let me say this: we have no plans to write out Michaela.
Good to know. Does your all in plan for next season include the squinterns, too?
HH: Well, we always risk losing a squintern…it would be very useful for us if that worked out. But we’re not going to get rid of anybody. Not by choice.
But I’m telling you, these people are amazing. So we always assume we’re going to lose more than one, to tell the truth. And when it doesn’t happen — or they’re able to do both things — like Michael Grant Terry (Wendall) has been doing GRIMM. But it’s worked out so far.
Nothing’s for sure, and I’ll tell you why — right now is the time where we have to pivot between ending the season and ending the series. So, we’re pivoting to end the season and not the series. And we’ve been moving as much as we can so we can do cases, but what’s going to happen to people [depended on] is this an end of series season or an end of season season.
It’s a little crazy, because it feels like yesterday when you were telling me the big question was whether the show would get picked up for season 7, and now you’ve been picked up for a ninth season. Kevin Reilly said he’d like the show to continue on, and some fans on Twitter pointed out that if it goes to season 10, in theory, it would might end at exactly 206 episodes… [Note — it seems like if a traditional 22 episode season was ordered for 9 and a hypothetical season 10, it would actually reach over 206 episodes.]
HH: I’d have to do the actual math, because we did have a strike in there. That’s really interesting.
Are you thinking about doing the show beyond season 9? Or is that too much?
HH: Well I am now! Here’s what I always thought — we could get to 10 with the series resembling to a degree what it is now. To go into 11, we would have to shake up the series; at least something as big as Booth and Brennan having a baby and moving in together, which gives us through 10. But I promise you, I’m not even thinking through 10 right now. I’m getting through 8 and then getting from the end of 8 to 9.
Does finding out this early that you got a season 9 change the plans for the Pelant arc going forward?
Will he continue on in season 9?
HH: If I tell you that, you’ll know if he survives season 8…the Pelant story takes a massive twist throughout season 8. And he may be back in season 9 or he might not. What if he doesn’t survive?
BONES airs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox.