First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… the burning questions!
With Booth and Brennan’s wedding now a piece of television history, Bones exec producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan are dishing and telling about the ceremony’s biggest mysteries — including, but not limited to, Christine’s whereabouts, the popular alum they tried (and failed) to wrangle, Brennan’s original (unused) vows, and David Boreanaz’ surprising contribution to the script.
Plus, Hanson and Nathan tease a possible little brother or sister for little Christine, a long overdue showdown between Booth and Angela, and a Big Bad that may not have to be seen to be believed.
TVLINE | How long did you know that the note from Season 2′s “Aliens in the Spaceship” would be used as Brennan’s vows?
HART HANSON: I actually wrote the note from that episode a gazillion years ago to sort of remind me to use it [in a future episode]. And when we discussed referencing it in the wedding episode, I dragged out the actual note and [realized] it was totally unsuitable for wedding vows. [Laughs] So they had to be completely rewritten.
TVLINE | What did the original note say?
HANSON | It was [Brennan telling Booth], “Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t get to me in time. I enjoyed working with you.” It didn’t lend itself to the poetry of wedding vows.
TVLINE | How much debate was there about what ultimately was written in that note?
HANSON | There wasn’t much debate. There was more debate about Booth‘s vows. I wrote something, and then David — who in his heart is a poetic guy — reminded me about something that gave us a whole different take. He said, “You know, we’re getting married in the exact spot where Brennan first chased down Booth [in the pilot] to say she could be one of his ducks.” And I thought, “That’s the way Booth would be, too — sort of literal and accidentally poetic at the same time.” So that came straight from David.
TVLINE | Why did you decide not to have a traditional church wedding?
STEPHEN NATHAN | We wanted to have our cake and eat it too. We did have them try to get married in a church, because it was something Brennan had already promised Booth. But we wanted to find some way to twist that, because nothing is easy on Bones. So we thought, “Eh, what the hell — we’ll burn the church down.”
TVLINE | Why wasn’t Christine in attendance?
HANSON | The twin girls playing Christine were there. They had a bad day. They were unhappy. And we just didn’t want to put the image of a crying child on the screen. And we also didn’t want to torture the child. That’s what happens when you have kid actors; some days are not good days.
NATHAN | Clearly Twitter will go, “Boo! Hart and Stephen are ass h—s and morons for not putting Christine in.” But, really, sometimes, there’s not much you can do. Life comes in and calls the shots.
HANSON | There was one gorgeous shot that never came to fruition. The idea was that little Christine was going to walk along and throw petals. And God bless [the twins' wranglers] they tried and tried and tried… But there were a lot of strangers there and it was scary… And the cattle prod didn’t help. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Was there anyone you wanted back but couldn’t get?
HANSON | We really wanted Stephen Fry [aka Booth's shrink Gordon Wyatt]. We really wanted Billy Gibbons [aka Angela's dad]. We debated a ton whether or not to have Booth and Brennan’s siblings come. By the way, our [guest-actor] budget at this point was getting very, very high, so we did not get everyone we wanted.
NATHAN | It was such an expensive episode to do. We had to make some difficult choices.
TVLINE | Are we going to see Angela apologize to Booth for the way she treated him after he broke off his engagement to Brennan? Or did that take place off screen?
NATHAN | You will see that. That’s in the future. We didn’t want everything to be to [neatly tied up]. That’s going to drag out a little bit more. It’s a very complicated thing, and we found a way to do it that is more fun and more complex.
HANSON | There are a few things that usually happen before a wedding that didn’t happen before this wedding. But we will try and find a way to make them happen after the wedding.
TVLINE | Like a bachelorette party?
HANSON | Like a bachelorette party.
NATHAN | The wedding happened so quickly that Angela didn’t have time to plan a bachelorette party. So the [Nov. 11 episode] is the one where they have the party. And that brings up all the stuff between Booth, Angela and Brennan.
TVLINE | When is the bachelor party?
NATHAN | There is no bachelor party.
TVLINE | Looking further ahead, there’s another Big Bad on the horizon. When will we meet him/her?
HANSON | There’s a debate between our characters whether or not it’s a real Big Bad or just Pelant’s way to mess with their minds from the grave. Brennan believed Pelant, but it’s really hard to prove that there is actually a serial killer out there.
NATHAN | We’re writing the episode now where we deal with all of this. It’s the 10th episode. And also, we don’t know if we’ll [meet the killer] in that episode. Sometimes we don’t actually see the serial killer for a while. The working name for this serial killer is “The Ghost Killer.” Ghosts are pretty ephemeral.
TVLINE | What’s the next milestone for Booth and Brennan — divorce?
HANSON & NATHAN | [Laughs]
NATHAN | Maybe they’ll commit the perfect murder. They have so much experience now.
HANSON | Christine is growing up, so there will be milestones like going to pre-school. And we have to start talking about whether Christine should be an only child or not. I think they’ll have differing opinions on that.
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Bones > Season 9 > Screen Captures > 9×06 – The Woman in White
Booth and Brennan, don’t pack your things just yet…
Fox will keep Bones in its current time slot for a little longer than planned, the network announced Monday. The fan-favorite drama will make its Friday debut on Nov. 15 instead of the previously announced Nov. 8.
Meanwhile, Almost Human — originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, Nov. 4 — will now get underway with a two-night premiere on Sunday, Nov. 17, and Monday, Nov. 18.
The change will allow J.J. Abram’s futuristic cop drama Almost Human to benefit from its football doubleheader lead-in; the series’ second episode then will bow in the Monday-evening, pre-Sleepy Hollow spot Bones now occupies.
When the Bones producers announced at Comic-Con in July that Booth and Brennan would indeed tie the knot this season, many fans were surprised to learn how early in the season it would happen.
And they weren’t alone! “I thought if we ever got married, it would be the series finale,” star Emily Deschanel tells TVGuide.com. “I think it’s wonderful that it’s coming so soon this season. And not even during sweeps!”
Indeed, after eight seasons of romantic tension, a baby and more sets of human remains than we can even begin to count, Dr. Temperance Brennan (Deschanel) and FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) are finally getting their happy ending. “It’s been a long time coming,” Deschanel says. “At the beginning, it would be hard to imagine Brennan getting married to anybody, but now it makes sense. This is just a wonderful example of Brennan changing. It’s wonderful to get to see her get to the place that almost seemed impossible at the beginning.”
However, the happy day was hard fought. After Brennan finally proposed to Booth in the Season 8 finale, Booth was forced to turn her down in order to keep serial killer Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) from killing innocent people. Although Booth has since dispatched Pelant, the experience forced Brennan to question whether opening up her heart was the wisest choice. Fortunately, Deschanel says, Brennan found a silver lining in the experience.
“She learned she can use science to have faith,” Deschanel says. “She can extrapolate data that she has acquired from knowing Booth for all this time to make a leap of faith in Booth. She makes a big paradigm shift in that episode and that continues throughout the season, where she’s open to giving up control. She doesn’t know if it will work out, but she’s willing to make that commitment. She has faith and hope that it will work out.”
But that faith will be tested on Monday’s episode (8/7c, Fox), when a last-minute case (and a couple other disastrous turns of events) threaten to cancel the wedding. “At times, Brennan doesn’t know if this wedding is going to go through,” Deschanel says. “But she has the hope and faith that she didn’t have before. So, there’s the little glimmer of faith that, at some point, they will get married. But will it happen in a way that she will be happy about? That’s the other question. But she knows she’s marrying the right person, that getting married is the right thing to do. So, how all that happens doesn’t really matter.”
Once the wedding date was set, it was important for the producers to assemble as many familiar faces as possible to attend the nuptials. The guest list includes all of the (strangely dressed) squinterns, Brennan’s father Max (Ryan O’Neal), Booth’s mother (Joanna Cassidy), grandfather (Ralph Waite) and son Parker (Ty Panitz) as well as Cyndi Lauper as the medium Avalon Harmonia, who sings the couple down the aisle.
“It was wonderful to assemble as many people as we could,” executive producer Stephen Nathan says. “It shows how rich and full their lives are. To have all these people come together for them, it really makes you see how far the two of them have evolved and what that relationship has become. It was very moving for us. It’s sort of a mini history of the show.”
That historical element extends to the couple’s wedding vows. “I love the vows,” Deschanel says. “Without giving too much away, it answers some questions that fans have had from seasons before. I thought it was a wonderful way for both Booth and Brennan’s vows to tie in our past to our future.”
But what does that future look like? “The challenge is seeing how solid this relationship is,” Nathan says. “We’re going to be challenging them with ever more difficult and dangerous cases and see how that impacts their lives. They’re going to have to deal with certain realities that they haven’t had to deal with before. … While it’s never going to be a domestic show, there are elements that will confront them.”
But as Nathan told us at the beginning of the season, there’s no need to worry about the couple living happily ever after. “The essential difference between these characters is not going to change and that’s the engine that drives the show,” Nathan says. “We don’t want to put these two in a situation that we dreamt about for nine years and then imply that the relationship is in jeopardy,” he says. “This is a relationship the audience has been rooting for [for] almost a decade, and we’re going to honor that relationship.”
The Bones wedding airs Monday at 8/7c on Fox.
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Bones > Season 9 > Episode Stills > 9×06 – The Woman in White
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Bones > Season 9 > Screen Captures > 9×05 – The Lady on the List
Check out the promo for next week’s all new episode of “Bones!” The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Nancy Handelman, whose body was discovered at the time of Brennan and Booth’s wedding rehearsal. When the case becomes more serious than the team anticipated, Cam and Angela do everything in their power to keep the details of the investigation from Brennan in order to ensure that she will stay focused on her big day. Tensions run high when unfortunate events occur to stall the wedding temporarily, and Max (guest star Ryan O’Neal) comes to town with a suspicious duffle bag full of money in the all-new ‘The Woman in White’ episode of “Bones,” airing Monday, October 21st on FOX.
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Bones > Season 9 > Episode Stills > 9×01 – The Secrets in the Proposal
Bones > Season 9 > Episode Stills > 9×02 – The Cheat in the Retreat
Bones > Season 9 > Episode Stills > 9×03 – El Carnicero en el Coche
Bones > Season 9 > Episode Stills > 9×04 – The Sense In The Sacrifice
Bones > Season 9 > Episode Stills > 9×05 – The Lady in the List
Do you have anything about the Bones wedding? —Tatiana
Well, it happens. That much I can confirm. But the path to holy matrimony is a bumpy one for B&B. Among the pre-ceremony obstacles: smoke, fire, death and a huge satchel of cash. But make no mistake, the episode is a wholly satisfying love letter to fans, that includes a performance from resident psychic Cyndi Lauper, a nifty call-back to Season 2 (specifically, this episode) and a ton of returning guest stars (including, yes, Parker.)
Might Stephen Fry be appearing at the Bones wedding? Gordon Gordon Wyatt is still one of my favorite recurring characters. –Tina
“While we wanted to include all of the Bones ‘family,’ scheduling conflicts and other commitments prevented some of our characters from making it to the wedding,” EP Stephen Nathan reports. “But we’ll send them all pictures.”
Question: Still catching my breath after Monday’s Bones. Any scoop on what’s to come in future episodes? —Amelia
Ausiello: Save the date: Booth and Brennan will tie the knot on Monday, Oct. 21. Who wants to be my plus-1?!
Question: As a reward for acing my bone identification exam, I believe I deserve some scoop on the show that inspired me to do so well, Bones! What’s going to go on with the new Big Bad? —Rebecca
Ausiello: Here’s what exec producer Stephen Nathan was willing to divulge: “We are creating a new killer who loves anonymity as much as Pelant loved being pursued.”