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BONES: Stephen Nathan on Booth-Brennan-Sweets Dynamic and What’s to Come for Hodgins-Angela

January 7, 2011 by  

Are BONES’ Hodgins and Angela about to hit a rough patch?

Almost immediately after the news of Angela’s pregnancy broke, fans were warned that it might not be the easiest experience for the couple. And while viewers haven’t seen much of the pregnancy play out on screen so far, it appears the storyline will move forward in the second half of the season.

Give Me My Remote chatted with BONES executive producer Stephen Nathan about what’s to come for Hodgins and Angela, if Hodgins has been hiding some secrets, plus the complicated, shifting relationships between Booth, Brennan and Sweets…

When I talked with Michaela Conlin (Angela), she teased something — aside from the pregnancy — would be going on with Angela and Hodgins. Is there anything you can share about that?
Stephen Nathan:
Really what I can say is all pregnancies have their ups and downs. And all couples have huge emotional ups and downs during the pregnancy and Hodgins and Angela will be no different. They will be forced to confront a whole new life that’s coming, that’s going to be presented to them and there could conceivably be difficulties along the way. And we want to see how a good solid couple like Angela and Hodgins deal with something like that. Was that vague enough?

Very vague. Michaela also hinted some siblings could be coming out of the woodwork for Hodgins. Fans were under the impression that Hodgins had no family left, so will we be finding out some secrets from him?
We might be finding out some secrets from Hodgins. But that’s the second half of the season and we haven’t locked [that] down yet.

Okay, let’s discuss things you can talk about. What exactly is Sweets’ role on the team now? He used to be Booth and Brennan’s therapist, but now it seems to be a little unclear…
Initially, they tried to dismiss Sweets because he was so young and so inexperienced, but in the last few years, they’ve come to realize how brilliant he is. And also he’s the only person on the show that knows all the secrets between Booth and Brennan. He’s the only one who really knows their entire history, even more than Angela. So they have an intimacy in that relationship that no one even discusses, but it makes the three of them close, especially Booth and Sweets. So we have had the luxury of having a new relationship between Booth and Sweets because David [Boreanaz (Booth)] and John Francis Daley (Sweets) are just terrific together. Oh god, they’re so great. And this year, for the first time, Booth goes to Sweets for help or for advice. Begrudgingly, he pretends he doesn’t really want it or he doesn’t really need it, but he’s actually grown to trust Sweets. And not just for the occasional piece of advice, which he then can dismiss and say he doesn’t need it when he really does, but also in terms of working on cases, Sweets being a terrific psychologist, forensic psychologist as well as a profiler. Sweets is being used a lot more in the nuts and bolts of these cases interrogating people, investigating the cases. That’s been a great, new avenue that’s been opened up to us. We can send Sweets in to interrogate the suspects now, which makes those scenes a lot of fun. Which also frees Booth up to go out in the field more and be able to interact more with Brennan, who everyone wants him to be able to interact with.

Of course. However, Booth has also been staying away from the lab this season. Was that been an intentional move on your part?
Yeah. The lab is really our place for the squints. There’s a lot going on there. Booth doesn’t really have a place at the lab, except to hear information. He’s not going to really have any kind hands-on involvement with cases in the lab. We haven’t tried to force that. We try to keep it as realistic as we possibly can. So that’s why he really hasn’t been there. He does his stuff at the FBI and in the field and the lab is really meant to be someplace that is devoted just to the squints and Brennan.

It also seems like in many ways, Booth is using this new aspect of his friendship with Sweets to substitute part of the relationship he had with Brennan, especially now that there is a clearer distinction between the FBI and the Jeffersonian…
With Sweets, at this point in time where we are with the series, there’s not the same emotional weight that’s connected with those scenes. And there would be that emotional weight with Brennan. That will occur again, but at this point in time with Hannah here, Sweets is a bit safer choice for Booth.

And is the book Sweets wrote about the Brennan-Booth relationship ever going to be brought up again?
The book will be brought up again.

Thoughts, BONES fans?


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67 Responses to “BONES: Stephen Nathan on Booth-Brennan-Sweets Dynamic and What’s to Come for Hodgins-Angela”

  1. Shannon on January 7th, 2011 10:52 pm

    Grrrr! That Stephen Nathan is EVIL!!! A genius, yes, but EVIL!! 🙂

  2. Bailey on January 7th, 2011 10:53 pm

    “And there would be that emotional weight with Brennan. That will occur again, but at this point in time with Hannah here, Sweets is a bit safer choice for Booth.”

    I liked this … especially the “that will occur again” part, because as much as I’ve been okay with Hannah, I’m starting to miss the Booth/Brennan dynamic and I can’t wait until they get it back. We always knew they would eventually go back to that, but to hear one of TPTB mention the “after Hannah” period, is nice. Lol.

    I thought the reasons for Booth not being in the lab was kind of a dodge, Booth has always found reasons to be in the lab, or sometimes just been there for no reason at all. “Proof in the Pudding” starts with Booth moonwalking in Brennan’s office and eating pizza, and of course then he goes to great lengths to get back into the lab … the ending of “The Pain in the Heart” has Booth there with all the squints … Booth gives Brennan Jasper the Smurf at the lab, and they do shots together in the lab … yea, I don’t buy the “it’s just for the squints” line. Not really getting why’d they try now to start making clearer lines between the FBI and the Lab, other than to highlight the disconnect between Booth and Brennan, which Nathan seems to discount.

    Sorry, that was really long winded. Lol.

  3. Shannon on January 7th, 2011 10:54 pm

    Grrrr! That Stephen Nathan is EVIL!!! A genius, yes, but EVIL!!

  4. Bailey on January 7th, 2011 10:55 pm

    Oops. I meant “Jasper the Pig.” 🙂

  5. Bridget on January 7th, 2011 11:23 pm

    @Bailey I agree with your view of Booth & the lab. Booth has been coming to the lab from day 1, so to say that it’s realistic for him not to be there now after 6 years – not buying it either.

    But still, Sweets’s book being brought up again, the emotional weight of Booth & Brennan on cases together again – that all gives me great hope for how the rest of this season is going to progress. I am really excited for the show to start up again.

  6. Holly on January 7th, 2011 11:42 pm

    So history is rewritten to push the current Bannah plot. Booth was an intregal part of the lab but now it’s the Jefffersonian group and Booth & Sweets. Sorry, Sweets & Booth scenes are nowhere near the enjoyment of Booth and the Squints. Hart and SN have made drastic changes to the show and not one of them has been an improvement.

  7. Angela on January 8th, 2011 12:43 am

    I’m excited to see what will happen to Angela & Hodgins about the pregnancy and how things will turn out for them. I also would wanna know if Booth & Brennan or any of the squints are ever gonna talk about the “Brennan having a baby” subject because it just like disappered out of the blue and I was like confusing to me and they should talk about it again. But it’d be freaking awesome if they did again (bring up the subject). I’d like to see them get together and see that happen.

  8. JaneK on January 8th, 2011 12:53 am

    Agree with the other comments regarding Booth & the Lab situation. Watch the reruns and Booth is always at the Lab, interacting with the Jeffersonian people. If SN can’t be upfront and honest, I think it’s better to stay silent and let the show speak for itself.

    The hook in Bones is the Lab. It’s like getting rid of the lab scenes in CSI, the whiteboard sessions in House, etc. I understand Booth/Boreanaz is popular, but Booth alone is not enough of a draw for me.

    The season has become very tedious. I was hanging on hoping for a quick conclusion to the triangle drama but the SN is obviously still delusional. Thanks to the article, I can settle on the NBC comedies instead. I’ll check back after the next sweeps period. Thank god for these blogs….

  9. Drippan on January 8th, 2011 1:26 am

    And once more we see Booth or Brennan using people for social/physical needs but turn to each other for emotional support.

    Boy, this storyline has been playing out since the 2nd episode of the series (Man in the SUV) when Booth told Brennan about killing people but doesn’t say anything to Tessa.

    This whole emotional support for each other has been playing out for so long that it’s boring….

  10. Barby on January 8th, 2011 4:28 am

    I miss booth been in the lab SO much, i really don’t buy the idea of “just to the squints and Brennan” c’mon that ridiculous. I have always been in agreement with SN & HH, but been honest all this stuff, is just because of hannah. Actually i would find pretty interesting Hannah finding Sweet’s book. Also though is going to be funny, seeing all the Angela&hodgins twist&turns the only thing i hope is that every will come OK in the end, and not just for them but for the rest of the team.

  11. Julie on January 8th, 2011 5:59 am

    I’m so hopeful, he said the dynamic between Booth and Brennan ‘would occur again’… great!
    So Hannah will leave, soon I hope…
    Love Bones, no lmatter what happens!! Can’t wait 2 weeks!

  12. marple on January 8th, 2011 7:23 am

    Finally some Hodging and Angela, that can be nice.
    About Booth in the lab i have always loved to see him there earlier, but this seasons Booth i´d rather he stayed away totally from Brennan.
    Let her move on plan a future, start to rething her wanting a baby. I´d love to see that.

  13. carl on January 8th, 2011 9:32 am

    after the way booth did in afghanstan he too ashamed to go to the lab/

  14. carl on January 8th, 2011 10:38 am

    marisa, why didnt hart hanson just let hannah go out of town/instead of all these hurtful comments/and the embarassment it brings to the show.

  15. ahandfulofearth on January 8th, 2011 10:55 am

    oh my god. SN and HH are really getting ridiculous. for 5 seasons/years, booth has been a part of the lab, has made friends there to visit and out of a sudden, when this blonde something shows up, these 5 years don’t coun’t anymore? so it was all a lie? the 5 seasons and everything? interesting point of view, mr. nathan. you sound like one of those fans that don’t like the character bones. maybe you want to create a spin-off called “we-love-booth-the-stud” ?

  16. Steffi on January 8th, 2011 11:09 am

    Booth does not belong in the lab? Since when? Booth has been in the lab constantly in the past. Not just for information, but for his FRIENDS. Or should I say former friends, since he doesn’t seem to care about Cam, Brennan and the Squints anymore. S6 Booth is simply bad writing IMO. And it seems it’s not getting better soon.
    The history of the show is rewritten to fit the Bannah plot, one of the worst storylines ever on Bones. I will never understand why SN/HH took everything that made their show successful for 5 years and threw it out of the window.

  17. Vanessa on January 8th, 2011 11:34 am

    I agree so much with the comments about Booth and the lab. I read on another blog that David B. does like the lab scenes and that’s why he is not in the lab anymore. Don’t know if it is true or not….. I’m sick of Hannah – it is a dumb plot lien – Bones was ready to be with Booth after she came back from Maluku – this is just dragging it out and I have hated all the shows this year except for Bunsen Jude the Science Dude. I used to be a fanatic – now I don’t really care….. (of course I am on this website right now LOL!)

  18. Vanessa on January 8th, 2011 11:35 am

    Oops I meant David DOESN’T like the lab scenes

  19. Eve on January 8th, 2011 11:40 am

    Well said Steffi. SN said that the dynamic will come back with B & B, but probably not this season IMO. Bones is a totally different show now. The original squints are now backstory. Sweets and Hannah are the “popular” kids hanging with the Wonderful Booth. Brennan is treated like “the loser.”

    Where has the real “Bones” gone. I am not sure it will ever be back, or more like, can TPTB ever get it back. It has become so ridiculous. Really, really, bad writing and very poor character develop and continuity. Who are these characters now and where did the characters from the first five years go?

  20. EL on January 8th, 2011 11:46 am

    Agree totally with all the comments above about Booth and the lab. Does SN even watch his own show or is he suffering from acute memory loss? As for bringing in random siblings of Hodgins — WTF? If they have to bring in siblings, and who really cares anyway, let them bring back Russ or Jared. At least there was interaction with B&B. HH and SN DO understand, don’t they, that it’s B&B, their relationship and interactions with Hodgela, Cam and the squints that we want to see? Oh no, I forgot, they think we’re crazy for wanting to see that and children shouldn’t get what they want. Color me fed up.

  21. Linda on January 8th, 2011 1:40 pm

    What Alternate Universe is SN living in? Booth is not part of the lab? I find comments like that really scary! Does this man even know his own show? But it seems like the last 5 seasons of Bones have been thrown down the toilet anyway. Please let this whole season be Brennan’s coma dream. I can’t believe that I’m hopeful for that SL. Anything but the loss of my beloved characters who I grown to love watching every week pre-100th. Character integrity has gone out the window. Sorry to vent Marisa, but I just don’t get how such a good thing Bones had going for them (fantastic chemistry between two people/wonderful interaction between cast members) could have been put at risk, for such a contrived, over-used SL. I think fans of Bones are more intelligent than that!

  22. EL on January 8th, 2011 2:21 pm

    I think the fans of Bones deserve better than that as well.

  23. Mary on January 8th, 2011 2:21 pm

    Sorry, Mr. Nathan: I just don’t buy your line.

    You’ve changed the show so much this season that it’s unrecognizable from its former state. This new show should be called, The Seeley and Hannah Show featuring Brennan and (sometimes) The Squints.

    What will I be watching on Thursdays at 9 p.m. for the rest of the season? Why, the comedies on NBC, of course.

    Sorry, SN, but I’m not into soap operas, and I don’t enjoy cliche plot lines.

  24. JD on January 8th, 2011 2:59 pm

    Is the show doing so well in the ratings picking up newer audiences that it can play fast and loose with the longtime viewers? Because the show is ignoring the previous seasons. Fresh start indeed.

  25. marple on January 8th, 2011 3:06 pm

    Maybe they just want to get rid of their fans/viewers, they don´t like them and there have bean mentioned that they want to attract new viewers, now with the new timeslot.

    Can´t come up with much more than that.

  26. monika on January 8th, 2011 4:04 pm

    I think they need to get rid of Hannah and they need to do it by having an episode where something happens to Brennan and Booth spills his feelings for her because he feels this may be the last moment and he can’t hold anything back. He has to come to a moment where he can’t fight it anymore and have his feelings takeover and admit he loves her and can’t live without her and Hannah witness it and leaves for good. But it would be an emotional episode with both of them not holding back anymore. What do the fans think about this idea?

  27. carl on January 8th, 2011 5:05 pm

    booth, cant quit rolling on the floor with hannah and panting for more/by the way was we this loud in the warzone/what a turnoff/a nd they had to know fox wouldnt let that come over/so why did they do it? beyond me/

  28. Linda Beeman on January 8th, 2011 9:53 pm

    I really resent that SN doesn’t even know his show. We long time fans could clue him in. Booth was a part of the Lab and they were his family. The sophisticated and witty banter between all the cast members was really something special. This year that has all been thrown away for the in your face sex scenes between H and Booth. They have pushed the other cast to the side with the result being boring, boring ,boring. I really don’t think that this storyline is attracting any new fans and it’s certainly driving many of us long timers away. My favorite show isn’t a 10 any more it barely rates a 3!!!! Unless Booth comes to his senses soon and sends the blond packing; I predict that this show’s ratings will continue to fall.

  29. Shelly on January 9th, 2011 1:08 am

    Love all the comments! I agree, Booth has been a part of the lab throughout the show. HH and SN are JUST THROWING this Hannah thing in the way to bring Booth and Brennan together. It’s not really a horrible thing. They had to come up with a roundabout way to do it, some realistic situation, something that typically happens in real life. In the mean time, the show and the fans are suffering a bit, but it will turn around. We will have the chance to see B&B get closer and the H&A pregnancy play out, though I doubt the show will ever regain it’s originality. The B&B we’ve loved all these years are gone. Their feelings toward each other have changed. Luckily for me I will not stop watching, I want to see B&B together regardless of how it happens. Don’t you?

  30. Nancy on January 9th, 2011 3:07 am

    What show is SN talking about? It sure doesn’t sould like Bones. From the beginning the FBI and Jeffersonian have worked as a team, remember the whole team the squints with Booth & Brennan as the center. Every time I read an interview with SN about how happy he is with all the changes that are happening on Bones I get an ache in my belly. I’m glad he’s happy I’m miserable. Hannah needs to go, bring back the sexual tension between Brennan & Booth and get Boolth back into the lab now & then. And of course Brennan & Booth need to be together. I’ve always looked forard to each new episode of Bones, not so much this season.

  31. KateP on January 9th, 2011 3:40 am

    In reply to the previous comment:
    I want to see B&B together regardless of how it happens. Don’t you?

    –> I can’t agree with the “regardless of how.”
    Speaking for myself, if Booth can’t be bothered to be part of the Jeffersonian team, I don’t think he deserves Bones. Meanwhile, Bones is being punished out of proportion and made to be a pathetic lonely woman (contrary to what we know about her family & friends, and kickass career & sex life).

    Frankly, I think the show miscalculated how long they could drag out the BB tension.

  32. Jenlovesbones on January 9th, 2011 5:13 am

    It’s hoo-haa that Booth suddenly doesn’t need to be at the lab anymore. He never used to need to be there, and was there all the time. And now, aside from the first episode of season 6, to stare at the literal and metaphorical elephant, he hasn’t been back. Why can’t they just acknowledge that we get that? It’s bad enough we’re suffering through this season, a lot of which has not been up to normal snuff, but at least acknowledge that we get you’re writing a wedge between our main characters. *thunks head*

    Having said that, I hope Sweets hands Hannah a copy of his book, and that’s why it comes up again.

  33. Jenlovesbones on January 9th, 2011 5:18 am

    And the dude taping… he was there for the Science Dude taping… but that’s been it. Booo.

  34. marple on January 9th, 2011 7:15 am

    Ditto KateP, I agree i don´t want them together after all this. Only way to get there and rid of all this sh*t they handle Brennan is if season six never happened.

  35. Upset on January 9th, 2011 8:26 am

    It would be nice is SN just told us that the reason Booth isn’t in the lab anymore is because David doesn’t want to work there anymore. I read it in an interview with him over a year ago, around the time of ‘The Hero in the Hold’ in season 4.

    It’s about half way down the page. Why can’t they just be honest with the reason instead of saying it’s the squints place blah, blah blah.

    I’m really disappointed that Booth won’t be in the lab anymore, we had some of the best BB moments in that lab.

  36. carl on January 9th, 2011 1:54 pm

    a simple fix to the hannah storyline/is after the diner scene/hannah says to booth/a coworker and I DECIDED to take a new job in dc and to shared an apartment/thats all and after booth came back fron afghanstan she knew he was in dc.

  37. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 2:00 pm

    For those of you thinking that they’re making this the “Booth-Hannah show featuring Brennan and (sometimes) the Squints”, have you guys noticed that Hannah is barely mentioned AT ALL in the interview?

  38. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 2:05 pm

    And if the REAL reason why Booth isn’t in the lab anymore is because DB doesn’t like being in those scenes, obviously they can’t just say it out loud. That would make the actor look like he wasn’t getting along with the rest of the cast. There are rules in the business world about what you can and cannot say to the public.

  39. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 2:12 pm

    And I don’t think the Hannah storyline is going to go on for that much longer. Notice how they’ve switched the episode order around (Bullet in the Brain is no longer airing on the 20th)? It looks like they’re preparing to burn off all the Hannah episodes they have filmed in one go.

    And Mary, unless you have a Neilson, I doubt if Fox or NBC really care about you as a viewer. No offense or anything.

  40. Grrr on January 9th, 2011 3:39 pm

    The viewer comments are about Hannah because that story has swallowed and tainted the entire season so far. I can’t even get excited for Angela/Hodgins because frustration about Hannah is getting in the way. And it seems I’m not the only one. Hannah/the triangle isn’t just a non-success in terms of BB romance, it’s a distraction from everything else.

    Also, if there’s a need for the show to be tactful about the Booth-lab situation, then they should just stay silent. Just as there was no need to emphasize the coma dream sex as “real.” There’s no need to prevaricate. Yeah, I get that ratings are all that matter in the business, but the show is losing credibility.

  41. Eve on January 9th, 2011 3:56 pm

    Agreed, the showrunners don’t really care about one fans move to another show, especially if they are now a Nielson family. However, when was the last time you heard a critic call Bones the underrated Bones, and a critic talk about how great Bones is. There has been little publicity about the show this year, and most of what has been talked about has been given negative responses. Now there is very little discussion about the show period.

    It will be interesting to see how much publicity Fox gives in the next few weeks about the time change. CBS has wonderful promos for Blue Blood changing times. Also curious to see how many interviews will be done in the major magazines, TV Guide, EW, etc.

    So far, the publicity for the show has been very little and not very complimentary.

  42. LCY on January 9th, 2011 4:11 pm

    Marisa – How do you keep from laughing out loud or at least rolling your eyes, when SN or HH start shoveling this stuff at you? Do they at least warn you ahead of time, so that you can prepare yourself?

    Next time you see one of them, tell them it’s time to bring on another coma/dream/nightmare…this time for Brennan. I would suggest starting during the GD trial when we know Brennan was already suffering from nightmares. That way every stupid plot point that has occurred since then becomes part of Brennan’s fevered imagination: Booth choosing to leave Parker to go to Afghanistan, Parker talking Booth into leaving, the idea that Brennan’s leaving would cause the Jeffersonian lab to close, lock, stock and barrel, love under a fig tree, etc. The whole sixth season has been a delusion. You might as well bring it to a close in a delusional manner.

  43. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 4:23 pm

    “Also, if there’s a need for the show to be tactful about the Booth-lab situation, then they should just stay silent.”

    Except that in this case they were asked a direct question about the issue, so they have to at least pretend to answer it – even if no one believes them.

  44. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 4:26 pm

    “There has been little publicity about the show this year, and most of what has been talked about has been given negative responses. Now there is very little discussion about the show period.”

    Actually, if you look back over the year, the amount of publicity has been pretty much the same as in previous years.

  45. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 4:35 pm

    “The viewer comments are about Hannah because that story has swallowed and tainted the entire season so far. I can’t even get excited for Angela/Hodgins because frustration about Hannah is getting in the way. And it seems I’m not the only one. Hannah/the triangle isn’t just a non-success in terms of BB romance, it’s a distraction from everything else.”

    Yeah, well, fortunately, if the episode order change is any indication, it looks like she’s not going to last much longer. With any luck, she’ll be gone by the end of the month. And then everyone can celebrate.

  46. JaneK on January 9th, 2011 4:35 pm

    Re: above comment
    You brought up being savvy about publicity in the previous comments, so you should know these interviews aren’t exactly senate committee hearings. SN didn’t have to answer that question, he used the interview to present a PR angle on the situation. Which, I gather from the answers, not many people are buying.

    I agree that the show is losing credibility. And speaking of absent critical attention, I think the major outlets (EW, TV Guide, etc.) stopped calling Bones the cute, underdog favorite after the whole coma dream (the sex is real!) debacle. Viewer responses to that episode aside, the publicity was misleading.

  47. TinkonBrink on January 9th, 2011 4:42 pm

    SN’s comments on the Lab being a place for the Squints? Booth doing his stuff in the FBI?
    Went and did a little statistical research of my own…

    In Season 1 Booth set foot in the Jeffersonian in 100% of the episodes. (Be it quarantined for a lung fungus, coming for an exchange of information on the forensic platform or talking with Brennan in her office.)

    In Season 2 Booth set foot in the Jeffersonian 90% of the episodes. (2 episodes out visiting Las Vegas and stuck in therapy with GordonGordon for shooting a clown.)

    In Season 3 Booth set foot in the Jeffersonian 93% of the episodes. (1 episode out to attend court for Max’s trial.)

    In Season 4 Booth set foot in the Jefersonian 62% of the episodes. (16 episodes out due to: Being in London, being stuck on a plane, being undercover in a circus, kidnapped on a boat by Diggy, at a funeral/wake, semi-disturbed by babies, sperm donation and cartoon characters…and 3 cases just not going to the lab.)

    In Season 5 Booth set foot in the Jeffersonian 64% of the episodes. (8 episodes out due to: Being in Roswell and at a high school reunion. 6 cases not in the lab.)

    In Season six…Booth has been (in the 9 aired episodes so far) in the Jeffersonian 3 times. This gives Season 6 a 33% Booth attendance rate.

    For the entire show Booth shows up at the Jeffersonian 76% of the time.
    These are the cold hard mathematical facts.
    If “Booth really doesn’t have a place at the lab”….why has he been there for OVER three quarters of the entire show?

  48. sdfsd on January 9th, 2011 5:15 pm

    ^ Again, if the real answer is that DB simply doesn’t like doing those scenes anymore (for whatever reason), then that’s something that cannot be publicly revealed. They try to avoid the issue for as long as possible, until someone asks them or points it out directly in a way that can’t be avoided with silence, then by rule, they have to make up some sort of answer – no matter how much it does or doesn’t make sense.

    Likewise, the writers aren’t going to come out and say: “Oh yeah, Hannah was a big mistake. We screwed up. Sorry about that.” The fact that they seem to be hyping her less lately (not to mention the schedule change – though that may be Fox’s own doing) is by itself an indication that they know the current storyline isn’t working out, and they want to end it as quickly as possible.

    This is what politicians do all the time whenever they’re asked a tough question on a talk show. They never respond with *silence*. They always have to have some answer. I’m not saying this is a good thing. All I’m saying is that it’s what people do.

    On the issue of DB not liking the lab scenes: If that were true, that actually might explain the decline in his presence in the lab from the end of season 3 onward. The REAL question is why doesn’t he like doing them anymore.

  49. Bridget on January 9th, 2011 7:50 pm

    I don’t like Booth enough to watch him in his own side show, if he’s too good or has outgrown the Lab fine, moving him into Cullen’s position where he comes out and help the new Agent that’ll work with the Bren, Cam and Hodgela. Bones is a totally new show one that is worse than the old, do what you will with Booth but give us more of the Squints and Brennan.

  50. LCY on January 9th, 2011 8:02 pm

    SN has replied by twitter:

    To the upset #Bones fans: Of course Booth belongs everywhere. But the lab isn’t HIS place. Just like Hodgins doesn’t ‘belong’ in the FBI.


    One last time #Bones fans: Booth has been and will always be in the lab when necessary. He’s part of the family. No need to worry.

  51. Lurker on January 9th, 2011 8:25 pm

    Booth hasn’t acted like he’s part of the Lab family all season long.
    Whether or not it makes sense to the story/character/whatever, it’s made the show a drag. The flirty fun is gone and viewers are trickling away.

    About the whole credibility/publicity/politicians discussion going on here, SN and HH shouldn’t have toyed with the loyal viewers so much. Their behavior wasn’t clever, hasn’t helped the show, and was plain not nice.

  52. Linda on January 9th, 2011 8:45 pm

    If SN wanted to answer the whole lab question in a more legitimate way, how about something more along the lines of what is happening in season 6? He could have said words to the effect, that Booth is in a relationship with Hannah now, and might possibly feel uncomfortable at the lab. Or even, being in the lab might make him have to confront his possible feelings for Brennan, his partner of 5 plus years who he’s “moved on from”. So we have created this distance. I could respect more of an honest response like that. I would feel like he knew what was happening on his own show.

  53. Grrr on January 9th, 2011 8:47 pm

    Funny, I think SN and HH are out to disprove the “no such thing as bad publicity” adage with their cheap publicity stunts. Hasn’t Bones been losing viewers?

  54. JaneK on January 9th, 2011 9:01 pm

    With tv, publicity and ratings can be separate. Teeny-bopper shows get tons of publicity while ratings giants like NCIS and CSI run along smoothly with relatively much less press. So I am genuinely confused as to what Bones showrunners are trying to achieve here- they are baiting or undermining the diehard fans while obviously not reaching a new, broader audience.

    I was never much of a Booth fan, but still miss earlier Bones (it’s hard to find strong female characters with a non-romantic purpose in life). Will keep my eyes on what’s happening. But Thu night was full anyway.

  55. jen on January 9th, 2011 10:06 pm

    I think HH and SN have made a lot of mistakes with the show this season. Some of them were mentioned in this interview.

    1. Booth needs to back in the lab. It was part of his charm with the squints. Now it’s like “their family” never existed.

    2. Booth going to Sweets instead of Brennan. This is why we don’t see a friendship anymore. How can we velieve that they would ever be right for each other again? How will Booth realize he made a mistake? This whole dynamic switch has proven the the center did not hold.

    For me, every aspect of the show has changed so dramatically that I don’t even recognize it anymore. I’m one of millions who has stopped watching. They might like to tell themselves that the fans getting upset is a good thing, but I guess that shows their lack of intelligence. The ratings show the truth. I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue to go down in their new time slot. The show has become so bad that I don’t even care if it gets canceled at the end of the season.

  56. Josephine on January 9th, 2011 10:14 pm

    I actually found the comments a lot more interesting then the interview. However as others have talked about it seems like he did not talk about his great love Hannah for once, and the might have started the set up for her leaving, you can always hope. However I have another reason why I think that could be. If other are watching Castle they know it is a bit like Bones just the oppesit with male author and female cop. Durring a resent interview with the female lead in castle regarind spilers ofr January she stated that she would not be against the two leads in Castle getting togethe rnow durring season 3. I have a feeling she is scared the Castle writers would do a the oppesit of the “moonlight curse” we can all it a “Bones” the one there they take to long with getting them together. If that is actually starting to become a official oppinon among other actors aswell as writers along with official reviewers, it might actually start to scare SN and HH quite a bit, because who wants to be the writers of the show who creats the newest “curse” among tv-shows.
    There for if they are keeping up to date with what is said about other similar shows (I know HH is following Sonda imes (Grey’s) in Twitter) they would probably have been quite intersted in what she said. It might even have made them starts to reevalouate how to contiue this season.

    Regarding the lab scenes I miss Booth in the lab just like everyone else and call BS on the reason SN gave, why would he suddently not belong in the lab.
    That is what have made Bones different form other crimes shows all the lab scenes aswell as the personal scenes which take place in the lab.

  57. carl on January 10th, 2011 9:40 am

    I AFRAID THEY WANT HAVE A SHOW TO SAVE when they send hannah away/what a disappointed/once a goood show and they have let the hannah character not just negative comment but offensive comment/what does fox said/how can you switch show after its been in the press for at least6 weeks.

  58. Mom2KidsDog on January 10th, 2011 10:47 am

    Yippee! I wondered what had happened to the “book” Sweets had written about Booth and Brennan, and Sweets’ conclusion that B&B were actually in love (this being the foundation of the vigor and rigor they bring to their cases). So it’s been gone, but not forgotten. Despite Sweets’ brilliance and his spot-on conclusion about Booth / Brennan, I still can’t forgive Sweets for making Booth doubt his feelings for Brennan by showing Booth the scans of his brains pre- and post-op.

    Booth being out of the lab, however, was a real mistake. If you’ve noticed, as well, Brennan has not been at the FBI Building with Booth interrogating witnesses. Those scenes with Booth in the lab, and Brennan in the FBI Building, provided a lot of “fish out of water” humor, and I miss it. It showed to a great extent how much Booth and Brennan rely on each other’s skill sets and expertise. I miss the reliance they used to have on each other.

  59. Jenny on January 10th, 2011 1:02 pm

    Well i think that Booth has been in the lab just to be near Brennan, because of the feelings for her! am i right?

  60. poodle on January 10th, 2011 2:47 pm

    Destroying the engine of their show, re-setting it, taking it apart, whatever you want to call it was the biggest mistake ever. No B/B chemistry or friendship. No squint time. Poorly executed third party storyline. Muddy characterisation and audience left wondering ‘what the hell was that?’ – to be told something laughable by HH or SN. No Booth in the Lab, no Brennan in the FBI, apart from when she needs Hannah to Bing something. And then we’re just supposed to forget the past 5 years ever happened. To quote Hank Booth… ‘I don’t think so’.

  61. Eyrianone on January 10th, 2011 5:56 pm

    I really, really, really just want my favorite show back. I’ve been a loyal viewer, I own all the dvd’s, and I’m really pissed off that the best written, most intelligent and funny and engaging show on TV has become a bad soap opera.
    For the love of B&B pull the plug on this crap storyline with Hannah already and fix this mess – I’m not watching anymore until you do.

  62. carl on January 10th, 2011 7:10 pm

    I liked to see our favorite show back/but till they wake up and see hannah about got their casket lid half closed and everytimed you go to there blog and still have see all that stuff about hannah/its liked they think everyone wrong but them/to me a huge mistake more then hannah is for them to think fans still want booth and bones together/I DONT THINK booth could take that much pencillian.

  63. spivy on January 11th, 2011 6:34 am

    I am with you Eyrianone- I own all dvds, loved the show to bits and pieces but am not watching until they fix the B&B chemistry and make something big to fix it. And of course no more Hannah- ugh!

  64. woody2837 on January 11th, 2011 2:03 pm

    Interesting to read all this. I too have been an avid-buy-all-the-DVDs fan. I said this on another blog, and I really may be off, but it seems to me that they would HAVE to be looking at declining ratings and also that FOX has moved them against Grey’s. They say they hope to pick up new viewers after Amer. Idol . . . are they crazy or just hoping against hope that it will be picked up for another year? Read an interview with HH. He came right out and talked about Hannah’s exit. They know what will prompt it but don’t know yet how to lead up to it, at least a few weeks ago. I think they have to have some kind of realization that they have majorly miscalculated the story line with Hannah. Everything has gone downhill right out of the gate of season six. All of the interviews with the stars show no signs of worry, and I guess, people are right: they would not politically speaking. But they cannot be that stupid as to torpedo their loyal fan base the entire season. CAN THEY? LOL. Do you guys really think they can salvage the show—at least to have it wrap up before its departure? Has it even been renewed for next year? News is out there this week about other shows have been picked up but not Bones news yet that I have heard. Let’s face it guys: don’t you think their plan initially was to string it out for a season 7—and that it has now just plain gotten away from them? Take a hint from X-Files. That got downright disgusting before it limply waved goodbye.

  65. Lola on January 11th, 2011 5:30 pm

    So – any hints at why DB doesn’t want to do lab scenes??? Is there trouble on the set? Too difficult or boring?

    I hear Fox is saying they will likely renew Bones and House, but much negotiating needs to be done before that happens!

    Perhaps things aren’t so good in Bones land?? Someone making demands? Creative differences??
    Any hints Marisa?

  66. Eve on January 11th, 2011 5:47 pm

    Honestly, I think that in the next few episodes Hannah is going to leave. Either she is gonna get fed up with the tension between booth and bones or booth is gonna dump her. I never liked Hannah, but I think she had a purpose in the show – to get bones to realize that she loves booth. If booth hadn’t gotten into a ‘serious relationship’, bones would’ve kept the fact that she loves him to herself because she’d think that he would always be available. But the question is: What will happen when they (bones and booth) get into a relationship and cant work together anymore? That’s what I’m worried about the most.

    I think that Booth is avoiding the lab to avoid Bones. I think that he is avoiding the new tension that has come between them when he started dating Hannah. Once Hannah gets out of the picture, I think that Booth will go back to the lab more often.

    I don’t criticize SN and HH very much for what they did, even when they could’ve done it more gracefully. I’d give them more credit, at least until I see how it unfolds. I just hope they have a plan in mind for getting this show back on track. I’ve loved bones from the beginning, and I’m not prepared to ditch it after this one speed bump that may even turn out OK.

  67. Jillian on January 22nd, 2011 9:10 pm

    I think the B&B dynamic will come back this season. SN also said that the sniper will bring B&B closer together…and DB said that in the sniper arch, B&B will come back as the shows “center.”