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Read no further if you haven’t seen the series finale (for now) of “Bones.” Spoilers ahead!
There are any number of ways to end a series. There’s the flat cut to black; the reveal that this has all been a dream. Most of them involve some level of controversy after the fact. But when it came time to end “Bones” after 12 seasons on Fox, showrunners Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier wanted to send their characters riding off into the sunset fully intact. And so we ended not with a bang or a whimper, but with Booth and Brennan bantering into the black. Peterson called up Variety to discuss the very last episode of “Bones” — and why it may not be the very last episode of “Bones.”
Unlike some finales, we don’t get a special last line of dialogue — it’s more akin to the end of a regular episode. When »
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When Bones signs off on Tuesday night, after 12 seasons on Fox, it will do so as the network’s longest-running scripted drama, having solved -- according to finale promos -- 275 cases in 246 episodes. And that prolific conviction rate may not even be the most impressive thing that the series accomplished.
Because Bones -- which was based on the life and works of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs -- did more than just stay on the air, leapfrogging more than 20 different time slots in its 12-year run. In a television landscape populated with morose antiheroes and sarcastic protagonists that often poke fun at the earnestness of cops-and-science procedurals like Bones, sometimes directly by name (see: American Dad, Bojack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers and more), the show was a champion of justice and evidence, science and guts, “brains and heart.” It told new stories every week, while at the same time unfolding its central characters little by little, making »
We're going back to the lab. In advance of the Bones season 12 and TV series finale, Fox has released a new video, "Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective." Check it out, as well as the episode descriptions for Bones 12.11, "The Final Chapter: The Day in the Life," and the Bones series finale, episode 12.12 "The Final Chapter: The End in The End."The Bones TV show retrospective includes some never before seen footage and explores the Fox series from beginning. It also includes new interviews with Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Kathy Reichs, Barry Josephson, Michael Peterson, Jonathan Collier, and Karine Rosenthal. Read More… »
If you’ve been jonesing for some Bones reminiscing in advance of the long-running drama’s upcoming finale, your prayers have been answered.
On Thursday, Fox released the video above, featuring members of the cast and production staff talking about the show’s 12-season evolution. Leads David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel are there, as well as stars Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor and John Boyd and EPs Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Michael Peterson, Jonathan Collier and Barry Josephson.
Shot in December 2016, the video »
In an alternate universe, Bones could have been very different. Series creator Hart Hanson joined the cast and current executive producers of the series on a panel in front of the TV Critics' Association on Wednesday and revealed that had he not stepped down as showrunner in 2013, a few things on the show would be very different. First of all, one beloved character would still be alive. "When I first stopped running the show so that Stephen Nathan was running it, one of the first things he did was completely and utterly defy me and killed Sweets," Hanson said. "I would never have killed Sweets, but Stephen was running the show, and it obviously was a good idea." For those who »
5 items from 2017
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