The crime drama series “Bones” is a darkly amusing procedural entering that is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and writes novels on the side. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless (i.e., the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed), law enforcement calls on Brennan for her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim’s bones.
While most people can’t handle Brennan’s intelligence, her drive for the truth or the way she flings herself headlong into every investigation, Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz) of the FBI’s Homicide Investigations Unit is an exception. A former Army sniper, Booth mistrusts science and scientists — the “squints,” as he calls them — who pore over the physical evidence of a crime. But even he cannot deny that the combination of his people-smarts and Brennan’s scientific acumen makes them a formidable duo, both professionally and personally. Aside from Booth, Brennan is most comfortable with her equally brilliant colleagues at the Jeffersonian’s Medico-Legal Lab. At the conclusion of Season 9, the team took down the Ghost Killer serial murderer, only to find that she was just a small cog in a much larger conspiracy involving high-ranking government officials and people within the FBI. Committed to uncovering the truth, Brennan and Booth ignored the potential danger of confronting a governmental monolith and soon found their professional and personal lives in turmoil, after Booth was arrested for the murder of three FBI agents.
Season 10 of “Bones” (which premieres on Fox on Sept. 25, 2014) begins with Brennan and the squints desperately trying to get Booth out of jail, clear his name and absolve him of crimes he did not commit. They know the only way to do this is to finish what Booth started and uncover who is behind the conspiracy at the FBI. Throughout this ordeal, Brennan and Booth both will wrestle with the decisions they made on their biggest case yet — decisions that will test their relationship, as well as their careers. Here is what Deschanel and Boreanaz said during a recent “Bones” telephone conference call with journalists.
Can you talk about how Booth and Brennan are going to deal with everything that’s going on, with Booth being in jail and also after that fact?
Boreanaz: Actually Bones has got to help Booth out — he has problems. There are problems.
Deschanel: Booth is in trouble. We’re worried about him. We think he’s not going to survive being in prison. We have different ideas about how we’re going to get him out. Being in prison brings up a lot of stuff for Booth, as David can follow up on. He’s suffering from PTSD because of being there, as well as being tortured, and what not, being in the military and the Army Rangers in his past. He’s gone through a lot in his life.
We’re dealing with a lot when we come back from this season. He’s in prison or jail. We’re working to get him out. He’s not safe and all these people want to kill him there. It puts a real strain on the relationship even when he does get out of prison and it’s a big deal. It’s not just going to be healed in one episode or something. It has long lasting repercussions. David, do you want to add anything?
Boreanaz: Yes. I think it’ll last throughout the season. I don’t think it will necessarily be as dark as some people might think it will be. I think the first two episodes really have the sense of how dark it could be … and who he trusts with inside of the FBI, how he decides to take things into his own hands, and how Bones deals with that and gets him back.
There’s a great moment in episode two that is a very strong moment between both of them. I’m not going to really say what that is, but it is definitely, it’s a page-turner for their relationship and see how that unfolds.
Can you talk a bit about the character of James Aubrey and how he’s going to come into play and affect everybody?
Boreanaz: He’s, right off the bat, definitely he’s somebody who works within the FBI and someone who needs to gain trust from Booth. I think, he’s just someone who—I know that we’ve in the past have really focused on how the “squints,” and I think it’s a great opportunity to dive into some of the FBI people and maybe start that rotation of looking at some FBI people that literally work with Booth in and out of good conditions and what not. We’ll see how that unfolds.
Deschanel: He’s originally sent to watch out for Booth because the FBI is not trusting Booth now either. He’s in a really awkward situation. Aubrey’s character is sent to spy on Booth essentially, and then we’ll see if Booth can trust him at some point. He comes back in other episodes and he’s an interesting fresh blood to have on the show.
Is the Tempe on TV, as played by Emily, going to catch-up with book Tempe? How long do you think you can keep this show good for viewers, good for you?
Deschanel: It’s hard because the character’s named Temperance Brennan, but it’s really based on Kathy Reichs, so my character writes books and the character in her books is named Kathy Reichs, just to confuse things even more. There are definitely similarities between Tempe, Temperance in the show and Tempe in her books; but yes, she’s in her 40s.
I’m about to turn 38 myself, so if we keep going, I may catch up to the book. Maybe, each episode, the writers won’t have to come up with new storylines. We can just start doing episodes based on each of her books and go from there. I don’t know, but that would be a wonderful problem to have, I think.
If we look at the way the last season ended and the way this season is beginning, obviously it’s been among some of your most intense episodes. Could tell us a little bit about what it’s been like these past couple of months filming these episodes and really if you think it’s maybe among your most rewarding work on the series?
Boreanaz: Well, I know there is some light at the end of the tunnel, once we get through Episode 2 and went into Episode 3. It was, for me, it was long and arduous from even towards the end of last season, and to go into it this season again, was figuring out this whole conspiracy within the FBI and playing this arc that went on for some time. It’s always difficult when you’re in demand, challenging, when the storyline is of that nature. It’s been fun, rewarding, as well as different.
I think that we’ve really been able to examine the characters’ relationships within when they’re at home and when they’re dealing with the conspiracy, how it ended last season. Things have changed dramatically, and I think that this season we will see that the reward for all of it is going through this fire that they went through in their relationship, and how it affects them and how it changes things and also opens up new doors.
Emily, how about you? How has the roller coaster ride been for you?
Deschanel: Yes, very similar to David, except for the fact that last season, we ended the season with the season finale. David directed that episode and that was incredibly intense. The shootout scene took three days to shoot. We shoot five scenes in a day on the show.
It’s not like we take multiple days to shoot one scene. It’s been really intense, that means long hours. That means intense emotions. It takes its toll on you, emotionally and physically.
We’ve come back in a similar space for these characters. I can’t say there were happy times to be shooting these episodes. They’re intense, but in a way, nice to jump into some strong emotions. There’s some really big conflicts that Booth and Brennan have in these first couple episodes that you don’t really see very often.
It’s nice to do something different in that way, but it is demanding and a bit exhausting, but I think that there’s new dynamics in this show, taking new, different directions and you’ll see as you see the first few episodes. This season, we’re not just resting on our laurels here. We are taking this to a new level.
We always try and challenge ourselves as actors. The writers are always taking things to the next level and doing different things and taking the show in a different place and changing the dynamics of the characters. It does keep it interesting.
What can you share about the upcoming undercover episode?
Boreanaz: Well, I know that, it’s funny because we were actually discussing that yesterday and I know that we were planning to shoot that a little bit earlier in the season, but now we’re going to plan on shooting it a little bit later in the season. I don’t know too much about it.
I do know that it’ll be a blast because I really enjoy shooting those episodes. I think it’s just become this thing now that Emily and I really enjoy doing. It’s a lot of fun and the two of us have a blast stepping into whatever those characters are at times. I really enjoy those episodes.
Congratulations on 200 episodes. What can you share about the 200th?
Boreanaz: I know that we’re prepping now and we start shooting that in October , so it’s going to be pretty big.
Deschanel: Yes, it’s going to be big. I don’t know how much we can say about it. They’re still figuring out some details; we know some of what’s happening, but I know we want to keep it a bit of a surprise for everyone. It’s going to be a big episode.
It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be very different, but still great characters. You’re going to see a lot of some you might not have seen in a little bit. It’ll be great.
Boreanaz: Yes, it’ll definitely be a throwback to a time when things were a little bit simpler and light, but yet something that’s a flair of classic, how should I say, film expose of love and laughter?
Deschanel: David’s directing that episode, so we’re super-psyched about that.
Boreanaz: Yes, it’s going to be fun. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to enjoy the 200th episode but on top of it, give something back to the fans, that they’ll watch and go, “Oh my God, that and this,” whatever this and that may be, just hold on. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
Deschanel: This and that and this.
Boreanaz: Emily is going to look so beautiful as she always is, but classically beautiful.
Deschanel: You’re going to look very handsome.
Boreanaz: Thank you.
What can you tell us about some of the struggles that Booth and Brennan are going to have and what their relationship is going to be like as the season evolves?
Boreanaz: Well, they’re going to have to deal with their different types of reactions to certain things, because of where Booth is in prison and coming out. Bones is going to really have to reevaluate their relationship in a way that is — why is he acting this way and I’m not quite understanding it? Booth takes some things in his own hands and there’ll definitely be some conflict that’s there.
I think there will be a tipping point at the end of Episode 2, that will look at it and see that it’ll obviously bring them closer together. Throughout these seasons, we’ve always maintained their relationship and always gone back to their relationship. Yes, there will be some conflicting moments, some emotional moments, as well as trying to figure each other out again, because things are going to be much different when he gets out.
Deschanel: I think you got it all. There’s lots of conflict but we’re still a solid couple, but we’re really dealing with some strong differences of opinion; and Booth is clearly hurting and Brennan doesn’t understand and they’re trying to figure out how to address it all. It’s hard on both of them.
We hear that Daisy is pregnant. We haven’t heard much about your characters as parents this season. Are there any plans to add a brother or sister? Are there any other pregnancies? How is the parenting going along?
Deschanel: We do deal with different things, parenting-wise, from choosing what school our daughter should go to, to how we deal with when our daughter starts swearing. Like any normal couple, we have different opinions on it and different approaches to it. You’ll see that this season. We’ve got Daisy pregnant and is going to have a baby, so that’s a really big, exciting thing. I think we’re good with that. No plans for any more.
Do either of you make suggestions, based on your own parenting experiences about things that the couple could go through? Does the drama that happens at the beginning of this season, does that impact anything in the family area?
Deschanel: It definitely impacts the relationship and therefore the family. I haven’t made many suggestions. David, you can tell them if you’ve made suggestions about things you’ve experienced as a parent to use in episodes. I have to say, I’ve come across what you’re dealing with at school, choosing a school for the child, now we’re even looking at elementary schools for our daughter because she’s a little older. We’ve moved ahead in time.
With preschool, my son I certainly was similar to Brennan, in that I’m researching as many schools as possible and maybe have different criteria than she has. I find it interesting, when we address the parenting things, because I do see some similarities to my own life. I don’t know if, David, you have too.
Boreanaz: Anything to do with travel hockey and travel, I’m in.
Deschanel: There you go.
You have mentioned that Daisy and Sweets are having a baby. How are Booth and Brennan are reacting to that news?
Boreanaz: They’re such great characters and they’re part of the family. It’s just definitely going to bring everybody closer together. I think we can all now enjoy each other’s time more, via character-wise. I think it’ll be interesting to see how that develops with I know, going forward, especially with someone like Sweets.
It’d be great, such a bonding experience for Booth and the two of them. They’ve almost treat each other as friends but they’ll get closer. I’m looking forward to that relationship and how that unfolds in the episodes, especially with myself and Sweets.
Deschanel: Seeing them together, which is so exciting for everybody, I think that we’re all excited. We were excited that Carla actually was pregnant in real life and did have a baby. She got to bring her baby over to the set.
Off camera and on camera, we’re very excited about a baby happening, a baby being born. It’s really exciting. I think it’s going to be exciting for the fans and it’s exciting for the whole Bones family on the show.
Gavin MacIntosh said that he’s going to be playing a recurring role in Season 10 of “Bones.” He is the same age as Ty. Is Ty still going to be playing Parker or will Gavin be taking that over? Can you talk about that?
Boreanaz: Yes, I think that it’s one of those things with the characters that we have seen develop with over the past few seasons, and we’ve always seen when and where we can actually show Tyler, as far as those storylines are concerned. It’s been, especially leaving after season 9, where we can fit them in and how we do that. I think Steven Nathan has more of a plan for that, as far as when and how we can use that situation. To address it directly, I think it’s just depending upon how it fits in story-wise. It’s going to be fun to see how that unfolds.
Are we going to see more of Parker in this season? In one of the season 10 trailers, Brennan visited Booth in jail, and he asked how was Christine doing and she said “frightened.” How is Parker handling this and are we going to see any of that?
Boreanaz: I think that we’ll address it, obviously. It’s something that, when we approach these characters and their lives, we have to just see how it fits within the storyline, and obviously how Booth is and where his head is and where his mind is. think that stuff will be answered as we go on with the season.
Now that Booth is suffering from PTSD, will this open the door maybe for the audience to learn more about his past trauma?
Boreanaz: I think that we will. I think that through the challenges that he has, being in prison, trying to get out of prison, trying to deal with the people in prison, and obviously trying to deal with his life outside and how his relationship is with Bones; I think that you’ll get an insight into how he reacts to certain things and maybe why he’s not the same when he comes out when he’s with Bones, and how she may tiptoe around him and not understand him certainly.
I think that that will creep in and out throughout the season. I don’t want to say that it’s going to be really heavy arc. I think that we’ll play it out in the beginning of the year and realize that these characters are there for each other. What’s great is that we solve crimes and we do it in an open-end kind of style. We start the shows and then we have these great storylines that these writers provide for us. I don’t think it will be a major, major, hard season that way.
Will we get to see Christine more and how she interacts with Booth as a dad this season, based on Booth being released from prison as well?
Boreanaz: Yes, there’s a real touching moment that happens, and I think that the fans will really enjoy the first episode a lot, and you’ll see that bond. It’s something that will be reflected also through Bones’ character and how she sees that. It’ll be a very impactful moment. I remember shooting it so it’s going to be a lot of fun and enjoyable.
Deschanel: In the second episode — that might be in the second episode, we’ve got a lot going on too. You will see Christine and you will see a bit dealing with what Booth coming back from prison and all that. There’s so much we’re dealing with, especially in the first couple episodes. Christine is coming back more and more in different episodes and we’ll see that.
Being that this case is so big with the government conspiracy, is there going to be a surprise how it unfolds or ends? Is there a big shock to it?
Boreanaz: You know what? We’ve been dealing with this towards the end of last season. It was kind of started in episode I think 17 or whatever, and it just slowly built and built. It exposed itself in a major ugly way at the end of the season and then we start off with it again, where I can’t really do much about it because I’m stuck in prison; but when I do get out, I think that there will be a sense of closure that will wrap things up in a very neat way, and it will kind of show it in a way that’s like as, “Wow, it was right under our nose the whole time,” but how that affects their relationship and how it affects Booth and whether he continues to work in the FBI is still to be determined and worked out throughout the first half of the season.
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