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Interview with Hart Hanson of "Bones"
on FOX October, 2008
In October, I was able to speak with Hart Hanson about
"Bones". Mr. Hanson created the show, writes, and is the executive
producer. I love the show, so I was very happy to be able to tell him
that on the phone. He seemed like a really nice guy, and he had a great
sense of humor. We learned a lot from his conference call.
Starting November 5th, the show returns to FOX. It took a break because
of baseball. Here are the press releases we were sent about the upcoming
THE TEAM INVESTIGATES AN ARTFULLY CRAFTED MURDER ON "BONES" WEDNESDAY,
NOVEMBER 5, ON FOX
When the smashed remains of a well known artist are found in an
impounded junkyard car, Booth and Brennan are on the case to find out if
foul play is to blame for his death. With suspects ranging from the
artist's rival to his own assistant, the team must race against the
clock to find evidence of murder before the car is relinquished and put
on exhibit as the sculptor's ultimate display of self-sacrifice for the
sake of his art. Meanwhile, Angela's ex-girlfriend Roxie, who worked
with the artist, becomes a suspect in the case, and Angela and the team
must find out who delivered the final stroke in his artfully crafted
death in "The Skull in the Sculpture."
A CON-MAN LEADS THE TEAM INTO A DUPLICITOUS INVESTIGATION OF MURDER ON
"BONES" WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, ON FOX
Brendan Fehr ("Roswell") Guest-Stars as Booth's Brother Jared
Booth and Brennan investigate the scene where a body was uncovered
during a botched practice police raid. The team identifies the body as a
struggling inventor's father who had recently reunited with his son. But
when a second body surfaces, the team is led on a trail of deception to
find out who was the actual con-man in the inventor's life. Clark Edison
returns to the lab, and he and Hodgins work on piecing together
blueprints from one of the inventor's potentially valuable inventions.
Meanwhile, Booth's younger brother Jared (guest star Brendan Fehr) moves
to D.C. to take a job at the Pentagon and Brennan, smitten with Jared,
agrees to go on a date with him to a White House function. But her date
with Jared leads her to learn information about Booth's past and give
her a far greater understanding into her partner's motives in "The Con
Man in the Meth Lab."
BOOTH AND BRENNAN FLY THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES ON "BONES" WEDNESDAY,
NOVEMBER 19, ON FOX
Booth and Brennan are en-route to China where Brennan has been summoned
to help identify pre-historic anthropological remains with Booth in tow
to watch over her highly-sensitive equipment. However, their flight is
disrupted when a flight attendant discovers a fully-cooked human body in
the plane's industrial microwave. Booth and Brennan connect with the
team back in the U.S. via internet connection and they use Brennan's
high-tech equipment, as well as odds and ends from the airline
passengers, to send evidence back to the Jeffersonian for processing.
When they identify the victim as a travel writer working on a
controversial story about airline pilots, Booth and Brennan must race
against the clock and solve the murder before the plane lands in China
and they lose their jurisdiction over the case. Meanwhile, back in the
states, Angela and Roxie's relationship progresses as Hodgins tries to
move on in "The Passenger in the Oven."
AN INVESTIGATION INTO A WELL-TO-DO FAMILY TURNS MURDER INTO A QUESTION
OF FAMILY VALUES ON "BONES" WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, ON FOX
When a skull and various skeletal remains are found in a tree in a
nationally protected wooded preserve, Brennan and Booth are on the case
to investigate. Back at the Jeffersonian, Brennan learns of her
estranged father's new position as a teacher, a prospect she is less
than happy to learn about considering his recent acquittal for murder.
In a lucky break, the victim's bones are identified in a government
database as those of an ex-Marine who has been off-the grid for nearly
three years. With no records of his whereabouts from the past three
years, the team turns to the internet for answers. The investigation
eventually leads Brennan and Booth to an ultra-elite private school and
a group of rich and powerful families, one of whom the ex-Marine had
worked for as a "manny." As the investigation continues, the team finds
Brennan's father to be an unlikely asset to the case, but Brennan has
mixed feelings about her father's involvement. Brennan and Booth's
investigation delves deep into the world of lies and deception of the
ultra privileged families in "The Bone that Blew."
BIO INFORMATION: HART HANSON (Creator and Executive Producer of BONES)
Hart Hanson was born on the West Coast of Canada to an American father
and a Canadian mother. He spent the rest of his childhood and
adolescence moving East, eventually finishing high school in
Mississauga, Ontario, whereupon he decided to pursue a career as a heavy
metal guitar god just as the Sex Pistols released "Never Mind the
Bollocks..." - thus rendering heavy metal guitar gods not only moribund
Abandoning his childish dreams of being a guitar god, Hanson enrolled in
Maths and Sciences in university. A year later, abandoning his childish
dreams of being a physicist, he changed majors and graduated from
University College, University of Toronto, with a degree in English and
Political Theory. While there, Hanson took part in a writing workshop,
won a college creative writing competition and met Governor-General
Award-winning novelist Jack Hodgins, whose polite comments Hanson
interpreted as a sign from God that he should become a writer.
He did this by riding his bicycle across Canada, from Newfoundland to
Victoria, BC, against the wind, and writing about his adventures for the
Toronto Sunday Sun.
After working for a few long, gray years as a technical writer in
Toronto, Hanson decided that an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the
University of British Columbia was his ticket out of hell.
Uncharacteristically, he was right.
His thesis novel, "The Last Gypsy Summer," contained a great many pages,
more than double the average thesis. It was never published, a decision
the Canadian publishing industry has undoubtedly regretted to this day,
but it did win the prestigious National Norma Epstein Award.
Another writing project, a half-hour script written for a screenwriting
class, was bought by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, thus
launching a Canadian career that included "The Black Stallion," "Neon
Rider," "Northwood," "The Odyssey," "The Outer Limits," "Poltergeist,"
"Road to Avonlea" and the series "Ready or Not," for which he received
his first Gemini (Canadian Emmy) nomination.
Hanson then wrote the pilot for "Traders," an hour-long dramatic series
set in the exciting world of investment banking, which was picked up by
the Global Television Network. Though it was perhaps the worst idea ever
for a television series, "Traders" ran for many, many years, winning
many, many Gemini Awards including Best Writing for Hanson.
Hanson and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he worked on the
short-lived series "Cupid" as a supervising producer, then as
co-executive producer on the even-shorter-lived series "Snoops." He
moved to 20th Century Fox and worked on the series "Judging Amy" for
three seasons, rising to executive producer, then helped launch "Joan of
Arcadia." Finally, Hanson wrote the pilot for BONES, which found a home
on FOX and is currently in its fourth season.
Hanson lives in Los Angeles.
The shows sound very exciting! I can't wait to see them. Here is the
transcript so you can read all about what Mr. Hanson had to say!
Moderator Thank you. (Operator’s instructions) We’ll go to the line of
Matt Mitovich of tvguide.com. Please go ahead.
M. Mitovich Hello, Hart. Thanks for your time today.
H. Hanson Hello, Matt. Thanks for your interest. Nice to talk to you.
M. Mitovich I have to wonder: ‘Booth’s’ brother; is that a card you’ve
been wanting to play for a while?
H. Hanson Yes. We were originally going to have ‘Booth’s’ brother appear
in the ill-fated Season 3; ill-fated because of the writer’s strike. We
were looking forward to bringing ‘Booth’s’ family more into Bones in
Season 3 toward the end of the season. But, that was one of the
decisions we made when we came back for such a short period of time is
to let that play out better in Season 4. So yes, we’re excited about it.
M. Mitovich Now, is ‘Jared’s’ primary function to shed light on
‘Booth’s’ murky background and it’s just a glorious side effect that it
might push ‘Bones’ and ‘Booth’ together finally?
H. Hanson Yes, those two and there’s a spark between ‘Brennan’ and
little brother ‘Booth,’ as is the way things go on Bones. Since she, in
her own mind can’t have the older ‘Booth,’ maybe this younger one is a
good … copy. It turns out not to be true, but it gives us some fun with
them, but, mostly to shed some light on ‘Booth’ who was a guarded
character for all his…. You don’t actually find out much about him. So,
it’s another way into that and it’ll be some fun.
M. Mitovich All right. Thank you.
H. Hanson Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go to the line of David Martindale of
Hearst Newspapers. Please go ahead.
D. Martindale Thanks. Hello, Hart.
H. Hanson Hello, David.
D. Martindale I did an interview with Michaela a few days ago. I love
her. I thought I’d ask you since you’ve been writing for her, working
with her for several years now; what was it that made her stand out for
you when you all were casting the part? Does she still have the capacity
to impress you and surprise you as an actress today?
H. Hanson Yes. The answer to part two is that I think-- Well, the first
thing that appealed to me and the rest of us when we were casting was
her-- She’s a very experienced actress. So, she has great chops, and
she’s obviously extremely beautiful. But, she’s also funny. She has a
lot of range. We were looking initially for that best friend who could
be a sympathetic ear and she has that in spades, that really warm side
We have found out that she is funnier than we thought as well. Not only
has she still got what we were looking for in the first place, but now
that we’ve sort of, for the time being at least, split her from ‘Hodgins,’
she gets to be a little bit more of the free spirit Bohemian that we
were after in the first place and she’s just even better at it.
It’s funny you ask that because in the last three or four episodes, in
post, we’ve just been saying, “Wow, look at Michaela. Look at Michaela
go.” I think she’s really come into her own in the fourth season.
D. Martindale What motivated you to give her … at this time? Is it kind
of like thinly veiled male fantasy on your part?
H. Hanson It could be that, couldn’t it? It was like you get to watch
Michaela kiss another really beautiful woman. That’s not the worse thing
in the world. But, I don’t think that’s why we did it. We did it to--
You want to jolt a series every once in a while and remind people that
anything can happen. We wanted to go back-- A series of events happened
where she broke up with ‘Hodgins.’ We met her ex-husband. She’s the
offspring of a rock star. We just wanted to give a little jolt to the
Michaela character, to the ‘Angela’ character to reset, just reset that
anything can go anywhere.
It worked quite well. The actress who was playing her ex-girlfriend,
perhaps girlfriend again is Nichole Hiltz and she’s very funny and very
warm. Also, if we do this right, and you’ll let us know, it’s not played
very prurient. It’s pretty matter of fact. This is who she is. This is
who she was for a while and who she could be again. It’s just tossing
that salad a little bit.
D. Martindale Thanks so much.
H. Hanson Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go to the line of Daniel Fienberg of
H. Hanson Hello, Daniel.
D. Fienberg Hello, Hart. How are you doing? You lost me at not very
H. Hanson Really? You don’t believe me?
D. Fienberg I’m disappointed in you.
H. Hanson I shouldn’t say that, should I?
D. Fienberg (Hard to hear speaker) Could you talk a little bit about
what the revolving ‘Zack’ replacements have done for you guys in the
writer’s room this year and sort of being able to do that and how long
you think you can play out that gambit?
H. Hanson Great question. It has been really fun for us, notwithstanding
everybody’s deep affection for Eric Millegan and ‘Zack.’ What it has
done for us is we’ve been able to invent a series of characters that
make more stuff happen at the lab. It kind of gives “B” stories to the
“B” story, to get some character and humor out of the lab. We found this
group of people; we found actors that have just been delightful. It’s
been amazing for me how good these people have been at coming in and
integrating and being on kind of a revolving door.
Initially, I thought, “Oh, we’ll look at four to six people and then
pick someone who is great and have them come in.” We have a couple of
more ideas now that we’d like to pursue with these grad students. It’s
no longer a case, at least in my mind, of finding someone to replace
‘Zack,’ but, as you say, figuring out how long we can do this and how
long it serves the show.
Frankly, our biggest problem now is that some of these people are very
good and we could lose them if we don’t book them as recurring
characters. And so, it’s a little scary. They’re very good and people
are going to see them and snap them up for pilots and things.
But, I think we’ll do this for a while. I can’t say right now how long
it will go on, but I think we’d like to do it for a while.
D. Fienberg Is there a danger to it becoming sort of a Murphy Brown
secretary kind of thing where even the writers become tired of it after
H. Hanson Oh, yes, absolutely and I think what we would do is-- I mean
Murphy Brown did it every single week and it was kind of a gag that they
pursued. We’re actually not interested in having an infinite number.
For example, a couple of times, some very interesting casting ideas have
come to me as to whom we might have come in as an intern and no
character suggests itself. They each have to be different. It just can’t
be someone with a quirk each week. I think that would become very
tiresome. But as long as we’re interested in looking at each one of
these people as characters, then it will work for us and hopefully not
become a gag that will annoy people.
There are a lot of people watching the show. I don’t mean just audience,
but we’ll start to hear from the network, studio, writers, directors,
the other actors when that feels old and hopefully we’ll be before the
curve. But right now, it still feels like something that everyone is
into and interested by.
D. Fienberg Let me put you on the spot quickly. If you had to guess,
where do you think you guys are airing come January?
H. Hanson Oh, I am not withholding any opinion from you at all. I will
tell you I have no idea. I don’t know what their plans are. I know
anything is possible. I think not Friday. I’m pretty confident we won’t
be on Friday, but I don’t know what they’re going to do with Idol. I
don’t know what they’re going to do with Dollhouse. Your guess is as
good as mine. For a while, I thought Mondays; they’d put us on Mondays.
For a while I thought, “Oh, my God, maybe they’ll,” which I would love,
“pair us with House on one of the nights that Idol isn’t on.” But, I
don’t even know, I don’t think anyone does - well, they do at the
network - when Idol is coming on. That, of course, will change
D. Fienberg It’ll be fun to see. Thanks.
H. Hanson It will be. Thanks.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go the line of Richard Keller of TV
Squad. Please go ahead.
R. Keller Hello, Hart. How are you?
H. Hanson Hello, Richard.
R. Keller I’m looking forward to seeing the return of Bones after the
World Series eventually ends sometime in Christmas.
H. Hanson If it would just stop raining.
R. Keller I’m in the Philly area and today it’s cold and it’s cloudy and
hopefully they can get it going tonight.
H. Hanson That’s what you get for playing baseball in October and
R. Keller That’s right. Cut it down in half and end the series in
August. Let’s go back to the interns actually. I had a question. I see
that ‘Clark’ is coming back for an episode. Is there any chance that
Michael Badalucco will come back? He personally was my favorite intern
of the group.
H. Hanson Wasn’t he great? Yes, we’d like to have him back again. He is
on the list of people we would like to have back. He’s really fun. Every
once in a while, the feeling you get from the network, although they’re
pretty good at not jamming it down your throat, is that they want youth.
Then every once in a while you get someone like Michael or Stephen Fry
that just turns everyone on their heads.
Yes, we’d like to have him back. It’s a great character to have, the
ultimate “Dad.” He’s the middle-aged man who actually does know
everything. It could be my own bias there as a middle-aged man. But yes,
we’d love to have him back.
R. Keller Great. That’s my only question. Thanks a lot.
H. Hanson Thank you. Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go to the line of Joshua Maloni of
Niagara Frontier Publications. Please go ahead.
J. Maloni Hello, Hart. Thanks for your time today. I’m a big fan of the
H. Hanson Thank you.
J. Maloni Speaking of ‘Zack,’ I mean it seems like you definitely left
the door open for him to return. I’m just wondering; what are your plans
for Eric for the rest of the season?
H. Hanson Well, I don’t want to say too much about it. We’re not done
with ‘Zack.’ ‘Zack’ is a fun character. We left a big hanging chad with
‘Sweets,’ that ‘Sweets’ knows that ‘Zack’ didn’t do what he is thought
to have done. He has a problem, an ethical problem on how to deal with
that and we will deal with that. That’s an ideal episode in which to
have Millegan come back again; Eric Millegan come back and play ‘Zack’
I think it’s okay for me to say that I’m looking into Stephen Fry’s
availability because I think he would be the ideal person to help
‘Sweets’ figure out how to deal with that.
But, ‘Zack’ is still in our minds. His name is hanging up there on the
boards in the writer’s room as to what cases he would be useful in, that
he could organically fit into. Also, it’s funny how things come up. You
realize when ‘Zack’ wasn’t there every day that he and ‘Hodgins’ are
pretty good friends. They were a pretty good friendship, an Odd Couple
friendship on TV that you miss. So, there are those things that mitigate
toward him coming back.
J. Maloni Great. Thanks for your time. Take care.
H. Hanson Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go to the line of April MacIntyre with
Monsters and Critics. Please go ahead.
A. MacIntyre Thanks so much for taking our calls.
H. Hanson Hello, April. Oh, I’m so pleased.
A. MacIntyre My question dips into your crew and the crafts people that
put the show together. There’s such amazing hard work and I really
notice it, the look of the show. I was curious to know if you were ever
tempted to see if Caleb Deschanel was ever available to be a DP on one
of your shows or even direct.
H. Hanson Well, he has directed one show and he was booked for another--
First of all, thank you so much for asking about our crew. The show
looks great. The show really looks wonderful and we are not one of the
highest budgets on television and we look as good as anything else. I
mean the difference in budget between us and, say, Fringe; it’s
dramatic. It’s because of the crew that we’ve amassed in the last three
years. They’re amazing. I’m constantly astounded by the vigor and
creativity of our crew.
We have a lot of elements too and I hope it’s sort of seamless to the
audience. But, there are a lot of elements in the show that have to be
perfect. Just scheduling our show, because of the dead bodies; the dead
bodies have to be made. That’s a real skill. And so, they’re not
available towards the beginning of the shoot. They’re available more
toward the end. We are constantly in shackles as to when we can shoot.
We don’t have a lot of flexibility.
The crew does an amazing job and I think people don’t realize how
amazing they are because it just looks like good TV, but it is amazing.
So, thank you for asking that.
We did have Caleb direct a show. It was “The Glowing Bones” episode back
in first season. He got bumped during the strike and we are looking to
get everybody who was bumped during the strike back on the show again.
It was a lot of fun to have him around, and it was really a lot of fun
for our DP Gordon Lonsdale. He was so happy to have Caleb Deschanel
there and he was so pleased that Caleb respected his work.
A. MacIntyre Right. My follow-up for you is along the same lines. I
noticed that Gary Tunnicliffe, who is an amazing prosthetic makeup
artist. He did Feast and the Hellraiser guys.
H. Hanson Yes. Wow, you’re good.
A. MacIntyre Well, I’ve actually talked to Gary in the past regarding
the Feast project that he worked on. I was curious to know who does the
prosthetics. What shop do you use? I mean who does all the prosthetic
H. Hanson The bodies are done by the Yaghers, Chris and Kevin Yagher,
who have been with us right from the beginning. I think we got them
because Barry Josephson knew them from feature film world. They are
amazing. They’re also the sweetest, most innocent looking guys. They
look like nice college boys and they bring us the more horrific things.
Their bodies are amazing.
Really, last year; I told the story last year that - I wasn’t kidding.
We had a severed head that they made that looked just like the actress.
To be funny, I leaned over to pretend I was going to kiss the severed
head just to be a funny guy - not that funny - and it made me barf a
little bit. It just was so-- They’re very, very good.
A. MacIntyre Awesome. Thanks so much, and a great shout out to your art
H. Hanson Thank you. I’m going to tell them you said that.
A. MacIntyre Thanks so much.
H. Hanson Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go to the line of Jim Halterman of
FutonCritic.com. Please go ahead.
J. Halterman Hello, Hart. How are you doing?
H. Hanson Hello, Jim. I’m great; how are you?
J. Halterman I’m good. With the family coming - ‘Booth’s’ brother and
‘Bones’ father coming in; every time we get a nugget of ‘Booth’s’ past
or the ‘Bones’ and ‘Booth’ relationship, people seem to go crazy. How do
you kind of keep that from snowballing? I mean how do you really keep a
reign on that because isn’t there a part of you that just wants to kind
of just blow it all out?
H. Hanson Oh, yes. That whole dynamic is the trickiest things about
Bones and I mean I guess the easiest way to say it is you’re torn
between the case and the character. If one or the other takes over-- I
mean we cannot become just a soft soap opera, a character piece and we
cannot become a procedural.
So to varying degrees of success, I think, we bang back and forth
between the riverbanks on that. It’s discussed at every, every story,
every outline and every draft. When I’m doing my final pass on drafts,
it’s always the thing that’s in my mind. It’s on a per scene basis too
where you go, “All right. Should we laugh in this scene or find out that
it was a bronze bullet that killed this person?” It’s the pain in the
ass that is Bones. It’s there all the time.
J. Halterman You do a great job. Good luck.
H. Hanson Well, thank you so much.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go the line of Lynn DeVries of b5media.
Please go ahead.
L. DeVries Hello, Hart. How are you?
H. Hanson Hello, Lynn. Pretty good; how are you doing?
L. DeVries I’m doing well, thanks.
H. Hanson You’re SearchingBones, right?
L. DeVries Yes, I am.
H. Hanson Yes, you are.
L. DeVries Yes, and I wanted to ask you; in August, I did an interview
with your writing team of Bones - Karine Rosenthal and Liz Benjamin and
the whole crew. At the time, they gave me a scoop that still hasn’t come
to pass. They said, “’Brennan’ would like ‘Booth’ to be the father of
H. Hanson That’s true.
L. DeVries Is that still in the works?
H. Hanson It is still in the works. It’s exactly like the previous
question. What case can we be in that resonates with ‘Brennan’ suddenly
deciding she wants to have a child and that ‘Booth’ would be the perfect
father for it? That has not come up yet. It will before the end of the
There’s one that’s horribly obvious, but we don’t want to do that. We
try not to do that in Bones, which concerns a group based on, a little
bit ripped from the headlines, on a group of girls who decide to have
children. I think it was Gloucester, MA that that actually happened in,
that 16 girls or something. So, we’re doing our take on that.
That was just a little too on the nose for us. So, it was in there for a
bit and it’s come out, but it will happen. You have a good memory.
L. DeVries Well, everybody’s been wanting to know that reads my site.
One thing to follow-up with that; a lot of people have said that we
don’t want to get the ‘Booth’ and ‘Brennan’ characters together because
that would be the repeat of the Moonlighting debacle. What if we were to
approach them as a ‘Nick’ and ‘Nora’ from Thin Man? Would that make it
H. Hanson That’s a great question. Around here, we’re very flattered by
the Moonlighting reference, but we actually look at it as the ‘Nick’ and
‘Nora’ thing. But of course, they’re not together in that way, but very
much of their relationship is seasoned. They have kind of a seasoned
I am not flip about getting ‘Booth’ and ‘Brennan’ together. It’s another
of the things that we discussed at great length. But, the fact is
there’s a great engine, a great energy that comes from two people who
are not together and people want them to be together romantically. When
you take that engine away, you’d better have something else there to
You can say, to grossly simplify it, I hope, the science versus
humanist. But, we have that and in a relationship that is not brought to
fruition, we have to have a game. When we make that change, we have to
have the next thing between them in place and there’s a whole bunch of
things we don’t want it to be and a couple of things that might work.
But, we’re just going to be very certain of our decision to do that
because it’s a dangerous one.
L. DeVries Right. Well, what about a baby? Just a thought.
H. Hanson I read your site. I see that stuff.
L. DeVries Thank you very much. Have a great rest of the season. We love
H. Hanson Thank you so much.
Moderator Thank you, and we’ll go next to the line of Suzanne Lanoue of
the TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.
S. Lanoue Hello. Thank you for taking our questions.
H. Hanson Hello. I’m delighted.
S. Lanoue I love the show. I’ve watched it from the first episode
because I love David Boreanaz, but now I love the show, too.
H. Hanson Oh, good. That’s a common pattern.
S. Lanoue I’m sure because of his work on Angel and everything. I wanted
to ask you; I noticed that the description for the November 12th episode
talks about ‘Brennan’ learning stuff about ‘Booth’ from his brother and
you also mention that we get to meet his grandfather. I was wondering if
you can tell us ahead of time anything about what we might learn about
‘Booth’ and his past.
H. Hanson Well, what we find out; I think it’s okay to say that what we
find out in the November 12th episode is that ‘Booth’s’ childhood was
very tough. It was very tough and it’s hard even for him to say it or
admit it to anyone. The story with ‘Jared’ makes them both confront what
happened in their past.
I think it’s also fair to say that ‘Booth’s’ relationship with his dad
is not good, but he has a very good relationship with his grandfather.
We always had in mind that since David is so much, in our minds, like
James Garner, that that would be a very cool piece of casting as his
But, I don’t yet know when we’re going to see ‘Booth’s’ grandfather. It
will be this season and we are coming into the last third where we are.
So, it’ll be in the last third of the season if all goes well.
I will tell you that soon we see ‘Booth’s’ apartment and there’s the
wreckage or part of the wreckage of ‘Booth’s’ grandfather’s jet - he was
a jet fighter, a fighter pilot - in there as kind of an homage to his
S. Lanoue Oh, thank you. That sounds great.
H. Hanson It’s cool.
S. Lanoue I don’t have another follow-up question, but I wanted to thank
you for the show and also I was a big fan of Snoops. I read that you
worked on that. I was very annoyed when they canceled that.
H. Hanson Thank you. I actually quit Snoops, you know.
S. Lanoue Oh, I didn’t know that. …Ratings weren’t that bad. So, I was
H. Hanson I know all those shows from back then that got canceled the
ratings look pretty good now. Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. Next, we’ll go to the line of Sarah Curtiss with
S. Curtiss Hart.
H. Hanson Hello, Sarah. How are you?
S. Curtiss Good; how are you?
H. Hanson I’m swell, thank you.
S. Curtiss I have a question for you and it’s kind on behalf of the
Boneyard. I asked them what they wanted to know and there’s kind of been
some discussion. They’re very annoyed that FOX is changing the order of
the episodes. What’s your reaction to that, and what can fans do to
maybe keep that from happening and keep the consistency of the plot
H. Hanson Well, God bless the Boneyard people. I mean those people watch
with-- They have a detailed eye. They are assiduous human beings
watching that. We knew this was going to happen. So, I have to give
credit to the network for warning us that this would happen. It’s awful
for us in a way.
What we had to do was do four episodes that around here we call them the
limbo episodes. They were shot before the English opening, the season
opener, the two-part English season opener, but they had to air after
and not in any particular order and not in order with the things that we
were shooting anew. Was that confusing enough for everyone?
And so…time in our series stood still in them, which is very hard for us
and hard for the actors and obviously, noticeable to the audience. I
think it’s a one-time thing because of the-- Again, it was trying to get
as many episodes out. The network wanted the maximum number of episodes
they could after the strike and not knowing when-- We were actually
shooting before we knew when we were going on the air and if we were
going to England and what was going to air in Season 3 and what was
going to air in Season 4.
So, it was just a complicated dog’s breakfast, a mishmash of horror that
we’re almost through. We’re almost done showing things out of their
It happens all the time, by the way. They will decide that they like one
episode better than another and put it where they want. Last year, the
worse example, I think, was for a while, they wanted to show our
Christmas episode in February. That was upsetting, but they didn’t do
it. They went back on it. So, they’re the best they can.
I’m delighted that you noticed, by the way. But, I don’t think it’s
something that endemic. It’s not going to always be like that, but it
has been. That’s a large number of episodes to be written, shot and
shown out of any order.
S. Curtiss Sure, that makes sense and that was a good answer, I think.
Thank you very much.
H. Hanson It went on a bit. It could have been edited.
S. Curtiss That’s our job.
H. Hanson Yes, thank you.
K. Kurland I think, unfortunately, we only have time for one or two more
Moderator Okay, and we’ll go the line of Reg Seton of thedeadbolt.com.
R. Seton Hello, Hart. How are you doing?
H. Hanson Hello. Very well, thank you.
R. Seton I’m sitting up here in Vancouver.
H. Hanson Oh, are you in Vancouver?
R. Seton Yes, it’s raining now.
H. Hanson Of course it is. I wish it was raining here.
R. Seton I’m just wondering if you could talk about casting Brendan for
‘Jared’ and why he was right for the role.
H. Hanson Oh, it was one of those things. God, it is so hard to find
somebody who is, in fact, a leading man caliber who isn’t on a show. We
needed somebody that we thought the character of ‘Booth’ would care
about deeply, but had a dark side and bore at least some physical
resemblance to him. I said while we were doing it, “Oh, that’s it. I’m
not casting any more family members. It’s too difficult” and then in
came Brendan who I knew from Roswell. He’s also a nice Canadian boy, you
He has grown up nicely. He has some wisdom on his face, some experience
on his face and he’s a very good actor. It didn’t hurt a bit that he and
David had conflict on the ice. They both play hockey in the leagues and
they’ve had some conflicts on the ice that comes into their relationship
in the show. He just knocked it out. He came in and I think it was two
days before we were shooting and we had to change some air dates because
we just weren’t going to go with somebody who wasn’t right and he was
very good. He was very impressive to us.
R. Seton Great. Just one other thing; can you talk about how you came up
with the idea for the body in the “Passenger” episode? Was that ripped
from the headlines or anything?
H. Hanson Oh, in the airplane?
R. Seton Yes.
H. Hanson The story of solving a crime - that’s a great question;
solving a crime on a flight where ‘Brennan’ had to solve a crime,
‘Brennan’ and ‘Booth’ had to solve a crime on a flight before it landed
has been pitched every year. It was something we wanted to do. I think
that it was our co-exec producer, Carla Kettner, who had the idea of
cooking the body in a giant microwave so that it would be within
‘Brennan’s’ field of expertise finally gave us the way into the story.
We just had failed five or six times to make that story work and she
came up with that and the story fell into place. So, I have to give her
credit for that.
R. Seton Great. I can’t wait to see it.
H. Hanson It’s quite good. Disgusting, but good.
R. Seton Yes, thank you very much.
H. Hanson Thank you.
Moderator Thank you. We do have one last question in queue. We’ll go to
the line of Zach Oat of Television Without Pity. Please go ahead.
Z. Oat Thank you for doing this, Hart.
H. Hanson Hello, Zach. My pleasure.
Z. Oat I just wanted to ask one really quick one. Jumping ahead to the
December 3rd episode, I just had to ask you; is “Double Trouble in the
Panhandle” where ‘Booth’ and ‘Brennan’ go undercover as a knife thrower
and his assistant--
H. Hanson That is correct.
Z. Oat Is it as ridiculous as it sounds because it sounds like a
fantastically hysterical episode? Is it more funny than the normal
H. Hanson It is more funny than the average episode and then oddly,
because it’s more funny, more touching for them. Andy Richter is in that
as the ringmaster and he’s an incredibly good actor. So, it’s one of
those situations where we went for-- Every once in a while, we go toward
the comedy of our show and the fun and Dave and Emily are so willing to
go there. In fact, they push for it constantly and it was very funny.
But in the end, I have to admit, it was actually more touching than I
So, it does sound like a whackadoodle episode and it is one of our odder
ones, but I hope the audience goes with us as to why they would go
undercover in a circus. It is one of my favorite episodes.
Z. Oat Great. Thank you. I’m looking forward to it.
H. Hanson Thank you so much.
Moderator Thank you, and there are no further questions in queue. That
does clear the queue.
H. Hanson Thank you so much, everyone, for your interest in Bones. I
really appreciate it.
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