This week, Bones makes its big move to Friday nights. BuddyTV was on the line when executive producer Stephen Nathan teased what's in store for the rest of Season 9, including upcoming stories for Hodgins and Cam, as well as the new serial killer, the possibility of adding a new squintern, more challenges to Booth and Brennan's marital bliss, and more.
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Preview of "Fury in the Jury"
The new Friday schedule begins with an episode called "The Fury in the Jury" that sends Brennan off to serve her duty as a juror. Nathan talked about the decision to have an episode about Brennan being on a jury and what to expect when that happens.
"Well, it's something that we have kind of had in the file for years, and just finally were able to break it," Nathan said. "It seemed to us, somebody who is so incredibly logical and someone who would have the ability to uncover many more facts in a case be on a jury where their hands are tied - in terms of being an investigator - and they have to deal only with the information they are given. And Brennan, being supremely rational and logical, follows the judges' instructions to the letter of the law, so that what she feels is utterly unimportant. She is only dealing with the evidence, and that gets us into a lot of trouble.
"It is pretty funny having her around a jury, because she wants to be the foreperson, she is not the foreperson, if somebody asks a question in court, she answers. So, it really is Brennan going on a jury. It really was a chance for us to integrate two murders in one story and have Brennan involved in both, even the one she is not investigating because she is on the jury. That's really complicated-sounding, and I just want you to know it really is complicated. But, we hopefully do it in a way that won't give anybody a headache."
Hodgins' Family Drama and Another Field Assignment
Hodgins has some very interesting storylines coming up in Season 9, involving both his personal and professional life. Nathan said that one of the storylines will begin in February of 2014.
"[In that storyline] Hodgins finds out some things about his family, and he had a very close family. I mean, they were very, very wealthy, but he did have a very close family, but he is going to find out some secrets about that family that are going to be quite surprising to him. And it is not going to be grand political secrets or anything like that. It's going to be very, very personal.
"And, we are also, in another upcoming episode, Hodgins is [going to be] sent out into the field - something he always loves a chance to do - because there is a murder that revolves around a family that was close to his family when he was growing up. So, he is going into a world of wealth that he no longer enjoys."
Details on the New Serial Killer: Meet "The Ghost Killer"
Before Pelant was killed, he told Brennan of another, even worse, serial killer. Nathan said that story will also be introduced in February.
"That [story] will be reintroduced in the episode that I was just talking about, when Hodgins goes back to an old family friend. Brennan is the type of person who is not going to forget the words of warning that were given to her by Pelant, and that has been simmering for the past six episodes or so, and we will see that surface in a way that concerns Booth and the other people at the lab and is something they are all going to have to contend with, seeing how immersed and overwhelmed Brennan is by the idea of this new serial killer."
Nathan also said that this new killer will send take the series in a whole new direction.
"In terms of the serial killer, I think we have, in a strange way, gone in the opposite direction. We always feel that it's best not to try to repeat ourselves. Pelant was such a big bad, was such a huge presence in everybody's life, such an enormous and personal threat, that it's very difficult to do that again, and everybody is going to compare one to the other.
"So, we have another serial killer who is surfacing, one who has existed for many, many years, and who is anonymous, who we are calling, actually, the ghost killer. So, it's a very ephemeral presence and sort of an evil that lurks in the shadows, someone whose identity we are not even sure of. When we find out the truth that many of these murders that have gone into limbo in cold cases are linked, we then have to find out really who it is. We are pointed in the direction, in the episode actually that we are shooting now, that will be the first one back in January, but all that is happening is we are being pointed in a direction, and we also haven't, let's say, felt the end of Pelant."
FBI Agent Danny Beck's Return
Booth's old friend Danny will also return in early 2014 and, according to Nathan, it won't be an easy reunion for either of them.
"[Danny] will definitely reappear. We are working on that episode now. This will, again, be probably in February, and it will be an episode which sort of teams Booth and Danny in a common cause, but also causes Booth to question Danny in a way that hopefully will be very surprising."
Season 9: All About the Families
Nathan also talked about the possibility of seeing more family members for the rest of the characters and said that they are really trying to focus on family this season.
"I think what we are trying to do a little bit more this season is to highlight the personal lives and conflicts of a lot of our supporting cast. This is a family that has become so tight and so close that we get to see them sort of through Booth and Brennan's eyes. We are examining a little bit more this season Cam's life, Hodgins' life, and even the interns. We are doing quite an emotional story with Wendell coming up. So, we are going to see the sort of family of this show. Their lives hopefully become richer and a little bit deeper than they have been in the past."
Cam's Identity Theft and Identity Crisis
Cam recently had her identity stolen and very reluctantly agreed to get some help from her friends. That story will continue in the next few episodes.
"For the next few episodes, where we are highlighting Cam, we are going to be dealing with the struggle she is having with her identity theft, which also becomes an identity crisis," Nathan teased. "We are going to be dealing with that. Doing the research on that, that's really fascinating, because most of the time the police do nothing. They don't have the resources, and people are kind of left to fend for themselves and try to dig them out of a real horrible place. Fortunately, she has Angela. So, we will be dealing with that and eventually dealing with the person who has stolen her identity."
David Boreanaz Directs an Episode About a Murdered Singer
Asked to talk about the episode that David Boreanaz is set to direct later this season, Nathan said, "We are prepping that now, and it's a terrific episode. He is just going to kill with it. He is simply one of our favorite directors, and this one is sort of a bit of a take on the 'Looking for Sugarman' documentary that was out. It's the murder of an anonymous singer who we learn a lot more about as we uncover this case. This is also the episode in which we are going to see Wendell contend with something none of us want to contend with."
Marriage Challenges for Booth and Brennan
Booth and Brennan just got through their wedding and honeymoon. It should be nothing but marital bliss from here on out, but of course this is Bones so things aren't always that easy for the couple.
"Well, there are a lot of challenges that they are going to have to face now," Nathan said. "I mean, at one point we want to examine the fact that both of them working together are in an extremely dangerous situation, and what does that mean for their family? What does that mean for Parker and Christine? How does their work affect their family life now? These are some of the things that we are going to be exploring, because they are real. But, primarily we are just going to be putting them in hopefully ever more challenging situations and allowing them to rely on the Squints and their friends even more than they have in the past."
A New Squintern?
When asked what fans can expect from the gaggle of squinterns that rotates through the lab all season, Nathan teased that there might be a new face to add to the mix.
"Well, we might be adding an intern. What happens with our interns - again with great love, these interns are such a gift to us - but they are all fabulous actors, so they have other work and they sometimes disappear, in which case we do add other people. Oliver Wells - who was just starting to blossom on the show and will be appearing in the next few episodes - is directing a movie, so he will be gone for a while and hopefully will be back.
"As I said, we are going to be dealing with Wendell, with Aristoo and Cam, Clark now is going to figure in quite heavily in certainly the initial telling of the Ghost Killer story, Fisher is going to be coming back and might be hooking up with someone we know, and I think we're really just trying to explore these characters. We have loved writing all of them, and we kind of can't get enough of them."
Looks like Bones Season 9 is just beginning to get interesting. What story are you most excited to see as the season continues?
Bones now airs on Friday nights at 8pm on FOX.
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