FOX’s long-running series Bones [returning Thursday, 9/8C] has taken the forensic procedural in a unique direction with its oil and water lead characters – the brilliant, cerebral, rational forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan and the intuitive, physical and determined FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. You would expect, then, that a Q&A session with the show’s executive producers, Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, would be a lot of fun. You would not be wrong.
Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference call with Hanson [co-creator] and. The Q&A session covered such topics as how Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy inspired and affected the decision to have her character, Dr. Temperance Brennan become pregnant; how, exactly, the decision was reached to write out beloved ‘squintern’ Vincent Nigel-Murray [played so endearingly by Ryan Cartwright], and much, much more.
The fifth season premiere of Bones [Fox, Thursdays, 8/7C] finds things a bit off kilter for Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan [Emily Deschanel] and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth [David Boreanaz]. It’s six weeks since Booth has come out of his coma [see season four’s finale, The End in the Beginning] and he’s pretty certain he loves Bones – but then, he’s forgotten that he rebels against authority in subtle ways like wearing goofy socks and loud ties. Meanwhile, Bones has been introduced to professed psychic, Avalon Harmonia [Cyndi Lauper], who tells her that many bodies lie beneath a certain fountain.
At this morning’s Fox upfront, the network unveiled its schedule for 2009-10 and, as usual, some new shows [Human Target, Past Life and Sons of Tucson] were held back to mid-season because of the baseball playoffs. One drama and two comedies [Glee, Brothers and The Cleveland Show] will premiere in the fall.
Significant changes: House will lead-in to Lie to Me [making for an evening of lies being uncovered]; Fringe moves to Thursday, where it will lead-out from Bones [since Bones fans are so faithful, this could result in consistently good ratings for both shows – even on the overwhelmingly crowded Thursday nights]; So You Think You Can Dance moves to Tuesday and Wednesday in the fall, where it is expected to draw a better audience for new series, GLEE; despite not really finding an audience, the woeful ‘Til Death returns on Friday nights, sandwiched between Brothers and Dollhouse.
Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, somewhat of a surprise pick-up, returns to its Friday night timeslot after making a few cost concessions. Fox entertainment president, Kevin Riley described the move “as a bet on Joss Whedon.”
American Idol and 24 return to their familiar timeslots – good news for Past Life and Human Target.
Maria Elena Fernandez, TV writer for the Los Angeles Times is reporting that ABC has picked up Eastwick – the second TV series to be based on John Updike’s famous novel, The Witches of Eastwick – and that Fox has shown romantic comedy/procedural drama hybrid Bones two more years of love.
For Bones, the deciding factor would have to be the fact that the show’s sizable core audience follows it faithfully to whatever odd timeslot Fox schedules it. Since that means the crackling chemistry between Emily Deschanel [Dr. Temperance Brennan] and David Boreanaz [Special Agent Seeley Booth] – not to mention T.J. Thyne [Jack Hodgins] and Michaela Conlin [Angela Montenegro] – will be entertaining us for two more seasons, that is no way a bad thing.
ABC’s Eastwick follows the basic premise of Updike’s novel insofar as it is centered on three single women who live in the New England town of Eastwick. When they weather a crisis together, odd, supernatural things begin to happen. The show’s cast includes: Rebecca Romijn [Ugly Betty], Lindsay Price [Lipstick Jungle], Veronica Cartwright [Invasion, The Nine], Jaime Ray Newman [Veronica Mars, CSI], Ashley Benson [Days of Our Lives], Jon Bernthal [The Class], Paul Gross [Slings & Arrows, Passchendaele], Sara Rue [Less Than Perfect, The Big Bang Theory], and Johann Urb [The Mountain].
This evening the new fall season of television programming begins with two returning series on The CW [Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill], one on TNT [Steven Bochco’s inept Raising the Bar] and one on Fox [Prison Break]. Overall, the new season looks a lot like the last one. Thanks to the writers’ strike, a number of series that might have been cancelled are reappearing, series like Life, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Chuck and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to name a few. Add to them the few buzzworthy new shows [Fringe, The Mentalist, and Eleventh Hour] and it still doesn’t add up to the anticipation for Fox’s Joss Whedon-created Dollhouse. Which is not to say that there aren’t points of interest on the fall schedule.