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By Suzanne

Interview with Emily Deschanel and Michael Peterson of "Bones" on FOX 9/30/15

I've been lucky to speak with Emily quite a few times. She and the other actors have been very gracious about speaking with us to promote "Bones."  She's much nicer and more friendly than Brennan, of course! She's always laughing and making jokes. This was a very fun call. I really love the way these two answered my question! It's great when they take a simple question and end up making it really fun and cool. This one had a great story.

Final Transcript
September 30, 2015/2:00 p.m. PDT

Kim Kurland
Emily Deschanel
Michael Peterson


Moderator :Welcome to the Bones conference call with Emily Deschanel and Executive Producer, Michael Peterson. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions will be given at that time. Also as a reminder this conference is being recorded.

At this time we値l turn the conference call over to your host, Miss Kim Kurland.

Kim : Hi, everyone. Thanks for participating in this conference call with Emily and Michael. As you all know, our Season 11 premieres tomorrow night at 8:00 ET/PT on Fox. Hopefully, most of you have had a chance to watch at least the first episode. We have the first two posted on our screening room. If anybody has any questions for me afterwards, please feel free to e-mail me

I think that Tony may reiterate this, but if everyone can just stick to one question and one brief follow-up question and then after that if you have something else, please get back into the queue, just so we can try and get to everybody.

Thanks so much. Tony, I think we can start.

Moderator :We値l take our first question from Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite.

Suzanne: Good morning! Emily, first, congratulations on the birth of your new son.

Emily: Thank you.

Suzanne: I was wondering, when people meet you, do they mistake you for your character, expect you to be brilliant like Brennan and know all this medical stuff?

Emily: Of course, I知 brilliant just like my character! (Chuckles) Yes, well, I mean people call me by my character all the time, I mean people call me Bones or Dr. Brennan. My favorite was in Spain people would say Doctora Brennan. I don稚 know, sometimes people think I know medical stuff beyond Bones, too. They assume I know everything about the human body, which I, obviously, do not.

I think people are mostly pretty savvy. I don稚 get that many people thinking that I値l be able to solve a murder or operate on somebody or whatever they think. There are a few people who, I guess I知 that convincing, they believe I知 really like that.

Michael: Emily, one of my favorite stories Hart ever told me was his dad came to set and watched you doing a line and he was just enamored with how you delivered it and he looked to Hart and said, 展here does she come up with this stuff? Which is pretty fantastic to say that to the writer.

Emily: So, so hard for Hart, Hart Hanson, who created the show, I知 sure so hard for him to hear because he痴 the one that comes up with all the words.

Michael: He thought it was hysterical. Yes, he loved it.

Emily: I値l take all the credit.

Moderator :Our next question in queue will come from Jamie Ruby with SciFiVision.

Jamie: I was actually going to ask something different, but as Suzanne asked that it made me think, after you致e been doing this show, now you池e on the 11th Season, obviously, you have learned a lot of science and technical things and you don稚 learn, necessarily details, but is there something that you have learned from working on the show, like scientific-wise or medical-wise that you thought, wow, that痴 really interesting. I never would have guessed that?

Emily: Oh, my God, there are so many things. Of course, the minute you asked me that I have no idea. I can稚 remember one thing. I certainly know the skeletal system a lot better than I ever have. There are still things that I couldn稚 point out, all the little wrist bones, exactly which one is which and where they exactly go in the wrist.

Yes, there痴 trivia information that you can just get from dialogue, regardless of the science that we have to study and talk about on the show in order to film it. Yes, it痴 lots, but I can稚 think of one particular specific instance of something that comes to mind, but I have Mommy brain and there痴 a limit.

I feel like I learn my lines and I learn new things and I知 like, oh, that痴 interesting, only whatever percentage of people in prison return to whatever it is and then I値l forget it the next day, but I値l learn something new for that day. I知 always learning new things, but I can稚 retain them.

Jamie: Then as a follow-up, most of the people writing me on Twitter with questions, they all want to know the kind of the trajectory of the partnership this season and are you guys going to focus more on Booth and Brennan again and this is what I知 getting over and over again. So, can you just talk about kind of where they池e at this season, I guess?

Emily: Michael, do you want to talk about that?

Michael: Sure, sure, absolutely. That was definitely the focus coming into this season, was when Jon Collier and I met with and talked to David and Emily our focus 100% is making sure to have as much time as possible with Booth and Brennan. That is the heart of the show.

We will challenge ourselves to make sure to get as much screen time as possible. David gave us a note early on and he said go back and watch early seasons, like Seasons 1 and 2, and just really kind of see all the interactions that we were able to have early on and it was great, I did. I spent my hiatus watching all these episodes over and over again and it also inspired a lot of storylines.

For instance, watching the pilot, it talks a lot about the first book that Temperance, that the Brennan character writes and how it痴 inspired by each one of the characters on the show and that led to a fun storyline that is coming up I think in Episode 4 where there痴 a twist in Brennan痴 latest novel that is a sharp departure, but it leads to some pretty good back and forth between Booth and Brennan as a result of it.

It痴 been fun to re-discover those early seasons and then really having it reflect in this season.

Moderator :The next question will come from Sarah Curtis with

Sarah: By the end of Episode 2 Brennan has seemed fine that Booth has basically lied, perhaps, to her, hidden his involvement with Jared痴 group from her. Is that the end of that or will there be some ramifications to that secrecy later on? They池e just getting off that gambling and trust storyline, you know what I mean?

Emily: Yes, that痴 such a big thing. Michael you can probably answer that question better, though.

Michael: Well, we値l go into it some, but last year was very specific, you know, Booth lying about gambling versus what happened this year and I think that if it had just been a one-parter and David was reunited with her after the first episode I think that Brennan would have hit him a lot harder as far as accusations, but through the course of the second episode, what we池e trying to get to is she understands who she is better through this case, that she belongs at the lab.

In discovering where she belongs she also understands Booth better, that Booth is this man of action. The way that we say it internally here is Booth is a little bit of a Superman and Superman can稚 just sit by and watch as people suffer. There really is no retiring for him, so by the end of the second episode Brennan understands that she belongs in the lab and that her Superman, Booth, belongs out there in the field saving people.

She understands him in a way that probably nobody else could, so while a lot of people would yell at him saying you lied to me, she understands it痴 just who he is and she wouldn稚 want him to be any other way.

Sarah: Then a quick follow-up. Along with that I loved Kim Raver痴 character because she, I think, cut through the bias for Booth that other characters have for good. She questioned that and it really worked. What was it like working with Kim, with a character like that who didn稚 take everyone痴 word for Booth痴 character? I guess Emily, maybe.

Emily: I致e been a fan of her work for a long time. She also went to BU, Boston University, where I went, so I致e just been following her. I was very excited to work with her personally and she痴 a delight. That was wonderful.

And it was cool to have a character who challenges Booth and his motives and is really suspicious of him. It痴 interesting to kind of come up against that because all of our characters do recognize Booth as the good man that he is and the hero at times, so it痴 interesting to have a dynamic like that where somebody comes from a totally different perspective and we池e almost in a way having to defend him and what he痴 done and what he does and his choices that he makes.

It definitely added an interesting dynamic to the beginning of the season.

Moderator :The next question in queue will come from Catherine Cabanela with BuddyTV.

Catherine What can you tell us about any major story arcs that are going to span several episodes or even an entire season for your 11th season?

Emily: Michael, that might be a good question for you.

Michael: There will be quite a few. If you致e seen the first two episodes for Cam and Arastoo, we値l be following their relationship very closely after what goes down in the first couple of episodes. Also, Hodgins and Angela in Episode 10, there will be a major shake-up for them and it also is going to be related to Aubrey.

That痴 our mid-season finale. It痴 an episode that was actually, originally we were considering for our season opener, so we池e going to start with a quite literal bang, but that episode will be very interesting as far as how it will change the trajectory of the rest of the season.

When Jon Collier and I were handed this gift to be able to work on this show and be able to be showrunners this year we wanted to make sure that we shook things up, and so there are going to be many, many major arcs. We don稚 want to get complacent in the fact that Booth and Brennan are married and everyone is coupled up.

We want to challenge them, but not in any kind of artificial way. We want it to be character-led. So, we池e going to have lots of arcs going for each of the people this season.

Catherine There痴 a lot of exciting buzz going on about some of the changes that you guys have had, especially you and Jon coming on. Just a quick follow-up, what kind of big bads are Brennan and Booth going to be facing this season? Are there any of them that you can tell us a little bit about?

Michael: Well, obviously, there痴 the 鉄leepy Hollow episode, so that痴 a very interesting version of a big bad, which is in that one we池e going to find two sets of remains. One of them is going to be very, very old and that痴 going to be more of a big bad from the Sleepy Hollow universe. That痴 going to be interesting in itself.

Again, episode 10 is probably going to be the biggest bad that we池e going to come across and I really don稚 want to give too much away there, but, as I said, it痴 going to be something that impacts Hodgins, Angela and Aubrey very directly.

Emily: I don稚 know the term big bad, so this is new to me.

Michael: Well, we keep you on your toes.

Emily: I know, I知 going to Google this right now.

Michael: Don稚 tell anybody.

Moderator :Our next question in queue will come from Tim Gerstenberger with TVOvermind.

Tim: Emily, it痴 very clear that you and David have great chemistry. I was just curious, how long did it take for you both to build such a strong friendship that carried over on screen so well?

Emily: Well, ten years I guess. That痴 always a focus of ours and for maybe six seasons would always work together on the weekend and building our chemistry has always been a focus of ours for our performances and I think that kind of commitment to the work in that way and to our characters and the relationship. We致e made that a priority.

Onscreen and off, it痴 been important for us to get along and build that chemistry on camera. If you see chemistry, that痴 not just an accident. We致e worked on that, but, you know, it痴 not that hard to have chemistry with David Boreanaz, I値l be honest with you.

Tim: I believe you on that one.

Emily: I don稚 have to work really hard.

Tim: Then, as my follow-up to that, some of the greatest episodes that kind of show that chemistry are when Bones and Booth go undercover, like when they went to the circus or when they went to the bowling alley. Which has been your favorite and will we get to see any more episodes like that this season?

Emily: I love the circus episode. That痴 probably my favorite undercover episode. It was just a lot of fun to go and dress up. I had to kind of learn how to kind of fake walk on wire, or whatever you call it, tightrope walk and it wasn稚 me actually tightrope walking up above very high, but I got to do it down low, like on a much lower wire, which was a lot of fun for just filming close-ups or closer shots.

I actually hit my eye in real life and I had like a bruised eyeball and so we had to think of a way of covering that in that episode, so I got an eye patch. It was just such a crazy fun episode where we also had to [indiscernible] and change things around all the time, so that was a lot of fun to me.

I have a lot of favorite episodes, but that痴 probably my favorite undercover episode for sure.

Michael: And we will definitely be going undercover again this season and I think it痴 going to be so good that maybe next year she値l change her answer as far as what her favorite undercover episode is.

Emily: It痴 a challenge, Michael.

Michael: Oh, no, no. We致e got a good one. One of our former writers, Karine Rosenthal, is coming in to guest write one for us and she痴 fantastic and it痴 going to be a different version

Emily: I love Karine.

Michael: It痴 going to be a different version of undercover than we致e ever done before, so it痴 going to be very playful, competitive. It痴 unlike any undercover we致e done before, so we池e very excited.

Tim: I can稚 wait to see it, thanks.

Michael: I believe that痴 going to be 1109.

Moderator :Our next question in queue will come from Melissa Giramonte with thetelevixen.

Melissa: I think you guys have always done such a fantastic job of bringing in real, true crime headlines and putting your own little spin on them. Will there be any stories kind of inspired by real events this season or any kind of news stories that have peaked your interest that you壇 like to turn into something?

Michael: We池e always looking. Obviously, we read a ton and just look for inspiration anywhere we can. Hart Hanson actually e-mailed us recently asking whether or not we thought there was any kind of storyline with the young child in Texas who got arrested over building a clock. And that seems very much in the Bones wheelhouse.

We haven稚 really developed a story yet for that, but it certainly could be a possibility down the line. We look everywhere. I致e got all my Google alerts that are set up for body finds and stuff like that. It gets a little morbid sometimes. We also have the bad habit of, it seems like when we write something then it actually does happen in real life, so we had one episode where a person was canned and then shortly after we started writing somebody actually died, I think it was at the Bumble Bee Tuna factory and was canned.

Sometimes it goes the reverse of that and it痴 horrifying, which led us to write a lottery episode hoping that if we write it and it happens, maybe we can win the lottery. Sadly, that did not happen.

Moderator :Our next question in queue will come from Bridget Liszewski with The TVJunkies.

Bridget: Emily, as you know, when you go from a family of

Michael: Hello?

Emily: Hello?

Moderator :Her line is still connected. Ma誕m, could you please check your mute key? Is sounds like her line is cutting out. We will move on. Our next question in queue will come from Megan LaBruna with Pop

Megan: I致e been a fan of the show since high school. I love it. The thing that drew me to it was that it was such a strong and smart female character role that at the time I hadn稚 seen too much of. My question is over these years we致e watched Brennan grow and she has had faults that she痴 worked on, such as communication and kind of having emotional interactions with her friends and Seeley and things like that.

Do you find that your everyday life affects her and do you find that you池e maybe inspired in your life by the character that you play? Because I would imagine over ten years some kind of effect would be there.

Emily: I think absolutely. It痴 hard to be on set for so many hours a day for ten months of the year or whatever we do and not have the actor leak into the character and vice versa. I think my husband will tell you that definitely I致e taken on some qualities of Brennan, but then he didn稚 really start dating me until after I started the show. Maybe he just thinks they池e from Brennan.

There are certain things, we have similarities. I take things literally, just like Brennan. I don稚 follow metaphor very well. I like practical things, the tangibles, etc. Sometimes the way I値l phrase things will sound like Brennan. You値l see different sides of Brennan in me from day-to-day and vice versa.

I think definitely Brennan has softened a bit over the years and probably we致e kind of met in the middle somewhere. I致e hardened, she痴 softened and now we池e kind of the same person, I don稚 know; not quite that.

Megan: To follow up really quickly I read that Betty White is going to be on an episode. How was it to work with her? Have you worked with her yet?

Emily: Yes, yes we have and she痴 amazing and it was a dream come true working with her. She痴 93 years old and she came in, was so professional, she knew her lines. She was just so lovely to talk to and she痴 just a jokester. She痴 making all these jokes and pretending to get hurt and everyone runs to her and she痴 like laughing.

It was a dream come true to work with her. I mean, we had Cyndi Lauper, Betty White, these people I adored from when I was much younger and so it痴 so much fun to get to meet these people in person and also they don稚 disappoint in terms of their kindness and fascinating personalities. It was a great joy to have her on set. I hope we bring back Beth Mayer, Dr. Beth Mayer, the forensic anthropologist, to be an intern.

And it was fun to also have a rivalry with her, which we kind of do have on the show. It痴 a lot of fun.

Moderator :We値l go back to the line of Bridget Liszewski with TheTVJunkies.

Bridget: I was just wondering how Booth and Brennan痴 life is going to change now that they have two children instead of one and will we see anything that they値l have to deal with given that now they have another little one running around?

Michael: Well, Emily and I, we were very smart in preparation for this as Emily, obviously, had her second child and I had mine also over the hiatus. We池e hoping that real life will inspire us. Yes, obviously, it痴 totally different one versus two and right away we池e going to see some of that and there痴 a sweetness that comes, especially I think it痴 the third episode.

We see in the first two episodes the death of Jared and the things that you do when you have a little brother and now Christine has that little brother. There are some direct parallels and it works very well. It痴 a nice little emotional conclusion to that. I知 hoping that my little one will inspire many great stories. Emily and I will be comparing notes all year and we値l see what we come out of it.

Kim : Tony, I知 sorry. We can take one more person, unfortunately, and then we池e sort of out of time.

Moderator :That will come from Ashley Sumerel with Tell-Tale TV.

Ashley: I have sort of a big, loaded question. I was curious if you could talk about how the way that we watch television now, they致e changed so much even since Bones first began with streaming and on-demand and also social media, how that affects the way that the stories are being told now in this season.

Emily: That痴 a story for Michael. I知 going to pass that over to you.

Michael: The biggest thing I think everything just, you know, the quality of TV is fantastic right now and you want to keep up with all the great shows, your Mad Mens, your Game of Thrones, I mean everybody since The Sopranos. The bar has been raised and you want to bring better and better work all the time.

That痴 the first thing. Then, secondly, there are just subtle differences. We were cutting a show recently and the transitions between acts, I think, are, for instance, a little bit more subtle because many people now are going to watch things without commercials. You want to make sure that it plays well for those people as well as somebody who is watching with a three-minute interruption in between the show.

You want to cut the shows just slightly different so that it痴 seamless, if you池e watching it streaming or if it works with a break in between it. And that痴 probably been the biggest thing that I致e noticed. I think we edit it just a little bit different because of that. Back in the day you壇 almost have a recap to remind people what happened in between the three minutes of commercial airtime and now it痴 got to be a lot more just continuous.

Kim : I think we can wrap it up there. Tony, do you have any closing instructions for anybody as far as the replay?

Moderator :Ladies and gentlemen, this conference will be available for replay after 3:00 p.m. pacific time today running through October 7th at midnight.  That does conclude your conference call for today. We do thank you for your participation and for using AT&T Executive TeleConference. You may now disconnect.

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