BONES: Hart Hanson Talks Booth/Brennan, Hodgins/Angela, Cam/Arastoo, Brennan’s Mother, and More
January 28, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
There’s a lot of potential relationship drama on BONES right now.
Hodgins and Angela just lost all their money. Cam’s hiding a secret romance. Sweets and Daisy split (and will soon be reunited, professionally). The only couple who seems to be doing well is Booth and Brennan.
But will that last?
I spoke with BONES creator Hart Hanson about some of the couple drama coming up, the (re)introduction of Brennan’s mother, Sweets’ living arrangements, and more…
What can you tease about what’s coming up for Booth and Brennan?
Hart Hanson: As you’ll recall, Booth said to Brennan, I am not proposing to you ever again; you’re going to propose to me. And that wasn’t something we’re throwing away. That’s what I’ll tell you.
Whether they get engaged soon or not, do you see them being married and still doing what they do sometime in the life of the series? Because, for all we know, they could get engaged next episode and have a long engagement that lasts for as long as the show runs.
HH: I would never tell you that! That’s too much of an answer that I want an audience asking themselves as we go on.
I suppose, technically, they could go to a chapel, a courtroom, whatever, and just get married and forgo any kind of engagement…
HH: Absolutely. There’s any number of things. Or they could never get married. They could have another child. Any number of things could happen. But I don’t want to say what is going to happen.
Are they a solid couple throughout the season?
HH: They’re a solid couple. They’re a solid, solid couple. But again, it’s a big, cruel world that sometimes pokes its thumb in your eye.
On the newer end of the couple spectrum, Cam and Arastoo are now paired up —
HH: Carastoo? Camastoo? Here’s what’s hanging in the wings: when does everyone find out? And that will happen this season. What’s the fallout from that? There’s fun to be had there.
Is it supposed to feel like an inappropriate relationship?
HH: Is it really super inappropriate? That becomes part of the story.
You know, we talk about this all the time at our show. Workplace romances, well, it’s where most people meet their mates. But it’s not good. And it’s especially not good for women. We talk about that all the time. It’s one of the things we — and in TV, no one seems to care in TV. GREY’S ANATOMY, for example, people care less on TV than they do in the real world. I think we care more in our world than [the rest of] TV world, but less than the real world, which gives us agitas. We talk about that all the time.
Fair. Let’s talk about Hodgins and Angela — despite all the bumps they’ve gone through this year, do you still view them as a couple who is in this for the long haul?
HH: I still view them as the world’s greatest couple. That whatever they go through, they are destined to be together. But there’s rough patches for couples like that. But they are the world’s greatest couple.
Hodgins and Angela, we’re a crimedy. We’re a romantic crimedy, and they’re one of the romances. Ups and downs, hithers and yons, and all that stuff.
You’ve hired Brian Klugman as a new squintern, and I have to say, he looks an awful like TJ Thyne (Hodgins)…
HH: When you see him on-screen, he’s not going to look [like him]. He doesn’t actually look like TJ. I certainly see why people think that given the picture and stuff…if you saw them standing besides each other, not that similar. Especially when we’re done with him. [Laughs]
Are you planning to keep him around for a while?
HH: We don’t plan to get rid of any of our squinterns.
True, but you’ve also had one-off squinterns, like David Alan Grier (Bunsen Jude, The Science Dude).
HH: He’s not one of those. [But] we’d love to have David Alan Grier back.
THE FINDER characters were also first introduced on BONES. Now that you have a bit of space from that show ending, are you giving serious thought to bringing any of those characters back to tie up that story?
HH: I would jump at any chance to have them on the show. Geoff [Stults (Walter)], I would be very, very surprised if he stayed available through upcoming pilot season. He’s a leading man.
He’s been so great on BEN AND KATE.
HH: You’ve seen how funny he is on BEN AND KATE! He’s hysterical. And Michael [Clarke Duncan] is unavailable…I’m still very taken with Saffron Burrows (Ike). I think she’s underappreciated. I don’t know where Maddie [Hasson (Willa)] is, I know she’s having a fabulous life doing wonderful things.
Completely fair. One of the most-repeated questions I’ve gotten from fans lately is wondering where Booth’s son, Parker, fits into the show right now. Is that a discussion the writers have actually had?
HH: You know, it’s a pickle in the world of producing television. I see that all the time. I’m getting a lot of stuff about…a lot of people are saying, “We need to see more of [this.]” And they’re really adamant that they want to see more of Hodgela, or more of this, or this. And this is what our show is. You might get an episode of Angela and Hodgins, but it’s not going to suddenly turn [into something new]. People have actually said to me, I like Angela and Hodgins way more than Booth and Brennan, and I have to say, that’s not going to happen. [Joking] Write Fox and ask for a spinoff, I’m all for it.
For example, someone like Parker and even it’s still up on the board [in regards to] someone like Zack. Do we bring back Zack? And the fact is a) there has to be a story, and b) in the story, you then have to remind a huge [portion] of the audience who this person is. [By doing that] are you picking a scab?
In our world, Parker’s gone to England with his mom, because [Booth and Rebecca] weren’t married and [Booth] has no rights. A lot of people forget that.
I would guess the complaint is more about how it hasn’t really seemed to bother Booth that his son is missing.
HH: It’s really a pickle for us, because if you say Parker, and then you show a picture of Parker, that is screen time in which drama is not happening. You’re only conveying information. So that’s a pickle. But we hear it, and we do wonder what we do about it. But if someone [on the show] has a good idea about it, we’ll do it.
Sweets is currently staying in Parker’s room; it’s still Parker’s room.
Speaking of that, how long is that living arrangement going to last?
HH: Sweets is not going to live with them indefinitely. He will move out.
Before the end of the season?
HH: Yeah. It’s fun, but it’s not an infinite number of stories. There’s just a few stories of Sweets there. When we run out of the stories that make it fun, we move him out and make a story out of that.
Looking ahead, you’re reintroducing Brennan’s (dead) mother to the audience. What can you tease about how Brennan reconnects with her?
HH: Brennan’s mom is dead. Boy, I think that [episode] turned out really well, where Brennan has a near-death experience and sees her mom, and it makes her wonder if the universe is not more complicated than it appears. That story turned out really well.
Does the experience make her reconsider her relationship with Booth?
HH: It makes her reconsider her relationship with the universe.
But will it specifically impact how she looks at her life with Booth?
HH: Like, am I going to break up with you?
No, more like a “life’s too short” mindset…
HH: It makes her question her reliance on sheer rational thinking, which has to do with raising children, being in love, getting married, those things. She has to reevaluate in her [own] way.
BONES airs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox.
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