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Although tonight’s episode of Bones (Fox, Mondays, 8/7C) doesn’t take up much space in our latest conversation with showrunners Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, they definitely seemed happy to be back on Monday nights (or, maybe, they had one cup of coffee too many…).

When they chatted with a group of bloggers/journalists on Friday, there was a great deal of laughter and a wide range of topics – ranging from Wendell’s cancer to the gross remains that kick off each episode and even Hanson’s new series, Backstrom (premiering on Fox next season). Stephen Nathan even played Kevin Reilly for a completely unauthorized bit faux scheduling. It was one of the liveliest Q&As of the season. If there are showrunners out there who love talking with the press more than these guys, I’ve yet to encounter them.

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Rain Wilson will star as the head of the Serious Crimes Unit in Backstrom, a new one-hour drama from Hart Hanson. The Creator of Bones has been given a thirteen episode order for the series which is based on the acclaimed series of novels by renowned Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson. Wilson will play Detective Everett Backstrom, ‘a delightfully disheveled misanthrope with a twisted, brilliant mind and a heart of barbed wire.’

Production is scheduled to begin soon. For more details check out the press release after the jump.

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There are two things you can count on when you take part in a conference call Q&A with Bones (Fox, Mondays, 9/8C) showrunners Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan: they (and you) will have a good time, and the call will go long. Hanson and Nathan love what they do and they love to share that love with press, the show’s fans and anyone else who will listen to them.

Most of the core characters on Bones began the season in a miserable state, which makes the much talked about Bones/Booth wedding (due before the end of the calendar year) hard to imagine – especially with serial killer Pelant (the reason for everyone’s misery) still on the loose. The progression from one state to the other occupied most of the call. The call began inauspiciously with a prolonged silence that prompted one of them to opine that maybe the press was sick of them.

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BONES:   Brennan (Emily Deschanel, L), Booth (David Boreanaz, C) and Cam (Tamara Taylor, R) investigate remains found in a city garbage can in "The Method in the Madness" episode of BONES airing Monday, Nov. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ray Mickshaw/FOX

It’s always a fun call when Bones (Fox, Mondays, 9/8C) showrunners Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan are at the other end of the line. With upheaval in the lives of the show’s characters – forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, FBI Special Agent Booth Seeley and their infant daughter are living together following Tempe’s flight from a murder charge (framed by the psychopathic Christopher Pelant); FBI psychologist Dr. Lance Sweets has broken up with his fiancée and is living in his office, and other relationships are about either happen of get shaken up – there’s plenty for Hanson and Nathan to talk about and a variety of ways to talk about them without giving away too many spoilers.

The following is what happened when the usual group of bloggers/journalists took part in a conference all Q&A with Hanson and Nathan, late last week, about the show’s first new episode following three weeks of pre-emptions.

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Whenever you get Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, the co-showrunners of fox’s hit series Bones (Mondays, 9/8C), talking about their show, you can planning on both learning something new about the show and being grandly entertaining by them.

For the eighth season, Hanson and Nathan were in fine form – riffing on short-term memory loss; when to get Booth and Bones back together; hinting at the continuing spectre of some computer genius Big Bad; the new guy in Cam’s life, and writing together (among many other things).

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One of the best things about the return of Bones [Fox, Mondays, 8/7C] is the opportunity to chat with series creator Hart Hanson and showrunner Stephen Nathan. As you might expect from the series itself, these are two funny, charming guys – and with the birth of the show’s lead couple’s baby, with all its attendant potential for the funny, they certainly didn’t let us down when they spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers last week [one day prior to learning of the series’ renewal for an eighth season].

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THE FINDER:  The one-hour procedural centering on a remarkable man with an extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable premieres Thursday, Jan. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Pictured L-R:  Mercedes Masöhn, Geoff Stults, Michael Clarke Duncan and Maddie Hasson.  ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

FOX’s The Finder [Thursdays, 9/8C] premieres this evening and, though cast changes have clearly resulted in a bit of unevenness, the series first episode, an Orphan Walks Into A Bar, has the kind of mix of breeziness and dark undercurrents that have its parent series, Bones, a hit.

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