Archive for June, 2008
Bones TV Show works double time to establish the character of Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel). She’s a D.C.-based scientist famed for discerning the identities of skeletal remains. From executive producers Barry Josephson and Hart Hanson comes the darkly amusing drama Bones, inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, who works at the Jeffersonian Institution and writes novels as a sideline, has an uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim’s bones. Consequently, law enforcement calls her in to assist with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned, or destroyed that the standard identification methods are useless.
Brennan’s equally brilliant colleagues (or “squints” as they’re often called) at the Jeffersonian’s Medico-Legal Lab include earthy and bawdy Angela Montenegro, who’s created a unique way to render an original crime scene in a three-dimensional computer image; Brennan’s assistant, Zack Addy, a young prodigy whose genius IQ sometimes distances him from reality; Dr. Jack Hodgins, who’s an expert on insects, spores and minerals, but conspiracy is his hobby; and Brennan’s boss Dr. Camille “Cam” Saroyan, who replaced Dr. Daniel Goodman after the first season. Brennan often finds herself teamed with Special Agent Seeley Booth, a former Army sniper who mistrusts science and scientists when it comes to solving crimes. Brennan and Booth clash both professionally and personally, but the chemistry between them has grown since they first met and has made them a strong and trusting team. To aid Booth and Brennan in their persisting struggles, psychologist Dr. Lance Sweets signed on in season three as their therapist and also occasionally provides input on cases they’re working on.
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Beginning with the death of a senator and ending with a marriage, the second season of Bones builds on the momentum created during the Fox drama’s debut year. Bones‘ sophomore season (which includes all 21 episodes that originally aired during 2006-2007) centers on the collaborations between FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), whom Booth has nicknamed “Bones.” While Booth doesn’t completely believe in Bones’ method, he can’t argue with her success rate at solving crimes. As for Bones, she is meticulous at what she does and is a borderline genius, but she has issues. Seemingly oblivious to her own good looks, she is all but socially inept. Booth may be blunt, but he’s comfortable dealing with the public. Bones, on the other hand, would rather be sequestered away with the dead, trying to figure out what happened before their uncertain deaths. Of course, while viewers can see that Bones and Booth would be a perfect couple, the characters aren’t quite there yet. Their friendship becomes a little more complicated this season when it turns out that Bones’ new demanding boss, Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), is a former girlfriend of Booth’s. And the two women aren’t getting along. Still, everyone is able to work together to solve a series of crimes, such as identifying the remains of an all but unidentifiable teenage boy and dealing with a serial killer who is emulating the crimes depicted in Bones’ latest mystery novel. (Yes, she’s not only a brilliant scientist but also an ace author.) Like many television dramas where forensic evidence is a driving force in the plots, Bones offers up the gross-out autopsies. But it also serves up a lot of humanity in the way the characters interact with one another. It is giving nothing away to reveal that Bones and Booth are not the couple getting married in the season finale. But the episode does reveal that beneath their tough exteriors, marriage and all that it implies is something they wouldn’t mind… perhaps even with each other.
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Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz), and co. investigate the origins of a skull dropped from a highway overpass on the season premiere of Bones.
Bones premieres September 25th at 8pm on FOX
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(Photos: Carin Baer ©2007 Fox Broadcasting Co.)
A soccer mom gets blown up in her minivan. Upon investigation, the team discovers that the mother, June, had been a member of the National Liberation Army, a group of young radicals from the 1970s, and that the FBI had been looking for her for nearly thirty years. The motives for her murder become even more complicated, when the team learns that June may have been on the verge of turning herself in for a violent crime she was involved in while part of the NLA. Meanwhile, Brennan visits her father in prison and questions his reasons for wanting to see her. Back at the lab, Hodgins is rendered speechless by a particularly beautiful FBI bomb expert, working on the case.
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FOX (ch. 14)
Network rolls out big guns in late August; Fringe to follow House, Dollhouse set for midseason.
Fox was the last of the major networks to unveil its 2008-2009 prime-time schedule, and from the looks of it, it used its position to its advantage.
Though the new most-watched network was last to present its schedule to advertisers in New York City, it looks as though it will be first to show its new programming to viewers. Fox will kick off its season in late August with a week of two-hour premiere events in an effort to build up audiences early, beginning with the debut of Prison Break‘s fourth season on August 25.
That is followed the next day by the debut of what Fox hopes will be the next big television hit: J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi action show Fringe. Fringe, one of two new shows in Fox’s fall lineup, will get the benefit of following House on Tuesdays, with the Hugh Laurie medical drama moving up to 8 p.m.
The second new show for the fall is Do Not Disturb, formerly titled The Inn. It will be half of Fox’s live-action comedy Wednesday block, which is moving back an hour probably because CBS added an hour of comedy to its lineup on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which launched midseason this year, moves up to the fall on Monday nights with Prison Break. Bones is the odd man out, once again leaving its partner House and striking out on its own on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and leading in to ‘Til Death and Do Not Disturb.
2009 appears exceptionally strong for Fox, and it isn’t just because of more American Idol. Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, Fox’s other potential smash, will be held until January, where it will be paired with 24 on Monday nights. January will also see the debut of the new reality show Secret Millionaire, which follows rich guys as they help out those less fortunate. Later that spring, Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show and Sit Down, Shut Up will join Fox’s Sunday animation block.