Hart Hanson and Geoff Stults Talk About 'The Finder'
Hart Hanson and Geoff Stults Talk About 'The Finder'
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's finally time to find out about The Finder.

In less than one week, this Bones spinoff will make its debut on FOX. The Finder follows the adventures of Walter Sherman, a private investigator capable of finding absolutely anything, despite being a little crazy (thanks to a brain injury suffered while in the military). With an odd assortment of characters surrounding Walter, the show promises to be just as quirky as its predecessor, Bones.

Hart Hanson, the show's creator, and Geoff Stults, who stars as Walter Sherman, spilled some Finder secrets when speaking with reporters about their new endeavor.

Bones fans have, of course, gotten a look at The Finder already: a sixth season Bones episode, appropriately called "The Finder," introduced us to Walter, his giant-like sidekick Leo (Michael Clarke Duncan) and a bartender named Ike (Saffron Burrows). When asked about the tone of the actual show, Geoff Stults indicated that we can expect more of what we have already seen: "It was the kind of show that didn't take itself seriously."

But there will be some differences in the Finder series. Most importantly, Saffron Burrows' Ike is gone. "In the end, the decision was made to go in a different direction," explained Hart Hanson. "We never explain the change in the series. We never say, 'Hey, whatever happened to that woman who used to be here?' We just move on."

Ike will be replaced by two new characters: Willa Monday, played by Maddie Hasson, is a juvenile delinquent oddly planted in the midst of the characters, and Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn) a federal marshal who works with Walter and Company.

While the slightly offbeat drama of The Finder will be very familiar to fans of Bones, not everything will be the same. "We actually call Bones the varsity team, and The Finder the JV team," explained Geoff Stults. "Without Bones, The Finder doesn't exist. But we are different."

The characters are especially different. Unlike the highly educated "squints" of Bones, the characters on The Finder will be more in the realm of the vaguely criminal. "We have to have a lot more action to fill in for the lack of intelligence," laughed Stults, when speaking of The Finder's characters.

Another difference? Guest stars. Hart Hanson pointed out that the format of Bones, with its dead bodies and murder suspects, has never exactly lent itself to attracting big guest actors. This won't be the case for The Finder. "Finder is a little different," said Hanson. "A client comes through the door."

And that client could be anyone. In the early episodes of The Finder, we can expect to see such varied guests as John Fogerty, Eric Roberts, Greg Evigan, Mario Van Peebles, Amy Aquino and 50 Cent.

The Finder will make its series debut right after Bones on Thursday, January 12 at 9pm.

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