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Q&A Interview with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel About BONES Season 10

Mike Vicic - September 19, 2014





Earlier today, TV Tango participated in a conference call with BONES stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, who dished a few details about Season 10, including a touching moment in the premiere episode; discussed the show's 200th episode, which David is directing; described how Booth's time in prison will affect his relationship with Brennan; and expressed their joy about Daisy's pregnancy. 





On Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, BONES returns for its tenth season. At the conclusion of Season 9, the team took down the Ghost Killer serial killer, only to find that she was just a small cog in a much larger conspiracy involving high-ranking government officials and people within the FBI. Committed to uncovering the truth, Brennan and Booth ignored the potential danger of confronting a governmental monolith and soon found their professional and personal lives in turmoil, after Booth was arrested for the murder of three FBI agents. In the Season 10 premiere, "The Conspiracy in the Corpse," Brennan and the Jeffersonian team are desperately working to get Booth out of jail, clear his name and absolve him of crimes he did not commit. The remains of a man who has been dead 16 years could be the point of origin in the entire government conspiracy that ultimately put Booth in jail. Meanwhile, Booth is faced with a challenge from James Aubrey, a new and politically ambitious FBI agent. As he awaits trial, Booth also realizes that many of the convicts with whom he is locked up are criminals he put in there, and Daisy and Sweets have a surprise for the rest of the Jeffersonian team.

Question: Can you talk about how Booth and Brennan will deal with Booth being in jail and after his release?

Emily Deschanel: Booth is in trouble. We're worried about him. We think he's not going to survive being in prison. We have different ideas about how we're going to get him out. Being in prison brings up a lot of stuff for Booth, as David can followup on. He's suffering from PTSD because of being there, as well being tortured and what not in the military and Army Rangers. He's gone through a lot in his life. We're dealing with a lot when we come back for this season. He's in jail. We're trying to get him out. He's not safe. All these people want to kill him there. It puts a real strain on the relationship even when he does get out of prison. It's a big deal -- and it's not going to be healed in one episode or something. It has long-lasting repurcussions.

David Boreanaz: I think it will last throughout the season, but I don't think it will necessarily be as dark as people think it will be. I think the first two episodes we have a sense of how dark it can be and who he trusts. How he decides to take things into his own hands, and how Bones deals with that -- and kind of gets him back. There's a great moment in episode #2. It's a very strong moment between both of them. He has to decide what to do -- I'm not going to really say what that is. It's a page turner for their relationship. We'll see how that unfolds.


Question: How will the new character, James Aubrey, affect everything?

David Boreanaz: Aubrey is definitely someone who works within the FBI and needs to gain their trust from Booth. In the past we've really focused on the squints, and I think it's a great opportunity to dive into some of the FBI people, and maybe start that rotation of looking at some FBI people that literally work with Booth Way in and out of good conditions and what not. We'll see how that unfolds.

Emily Deschanel: He is originally sent to watch out for Booth, becaue the FBI is not trusting Booth now either. He's in a realy awkward situation. Aubrey is sent to spy on Booth, essentially, and we'll see if Booth can trust him at some point. He comes back in other episodes. He's interesting fresh blood to have on the show.

Question: Kathy Reichs said that on TV Brennan is in her thirties and in her books she's in her forties. Will TV Tempe catch up with book Tempe?

Emily Deschanel: I agree with Kathy. It's hard because the character's named Temperance, but she's really based on Kathy Reichs. My character writes books, and the character in her books is named Kathy Reichs -- just to confuse things even more. There are definitely similarities between Tempe in the show and Tempe in her books. She's in her forties. I'm about to turn 38 myself, so if we keep going, I may catch up to the books. Maybe each episode the writers won't have to come up with new storyline, we can just start doing episodes based on each of her books. That would be a wonderful probem to have.

Question: What has it been like filming these recent episodes?

David Boreanaz: I know there was some light at the end of the tunnel once we get through episode #2 and went into episode #3. For me, it was long and arduous from even towards the end of last season and to go into it this season again, figuring out this whole conspiracy within the FBI and playing this arc that went on for some time. It's always challenging when the storyline is of that nature. It's been fun, rewarding as well as different. We've really been able to examine the character's relationships when they're at home and when they're dealing with the conspiracy -- how it ended last season. Things have changed dramatically, and I think this season we will see that the reward for all of it is going through this kind of fire they went through in their relationship and how it affects them and how it opens new doors.

Emily Deschanel: Very similar to David, except for the fact that we ended the season with the season finale -- David directed that episode. That was incredibly intense. The kind of shoot-out scene took like three days to shoot. We shoot five scenes in a day on the show -- it's not like we take multiple days to shoot one clean. It's been really intense. It's been long hours. That means intense emotions. It takes a toll on you emotionally and physically. We've come back in a similar space for these charcters. I can't say they were happy times shooting these episdoes. They're intense, but in a way nice to jump into strong emotions. There's some really big conflicts that Booth and Brennan have in the first couple of episodes that you don't see very often. So it's nice to do something different in that way, but it definitely is demanding and a bit exhausting. There's new dynamics in this show that take new and different directions, you'll see in the first few episodes. We're not just resting on our laurels here. We're taking this to a new level. We always try to challenge ourselves as actors. The writers are always taking things to the next level and doing different things. taking the show to different place and changing the dynamics of the characters. It does keep it interesting.

Question: What can you share about the upcoming undercover episode?

David Boreanaz: It's funny, because were actually just kind of discussing that yesterday. We were planning to shoot that a little bit earlier this season, but now we're going to plan on shooting it a little bit later in the season. I don't know much about it, but I do know that will be a blast, because everybody enjoys those episodes. It's just become this thing now that Emily and I really enjoy doing. It's a lot of fun, and the two of us have a blast kind of stepping into whatever those characters are at times. I really enjoy those episodes.

Emily Deschanel: Me too.

Question: What can you tell us about the show's 200th episode?

David Boreanaz: Well, I know that we're prepping now and we don't start shooting until October, so it's going to be pretty big.

Emily Deschanel: Yeah, it's going to be big. I don't know how much we should say about it. They're still figuring out some details; we know some of what's happening. I know we want to keep it a bit of a surprise for everyone. It's going to be a big episode. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be very different, but you're going to see a lot of characters -- some you might not have seen in a little bit.

David Boreanaz: It's going to be kind of throwback to a time when things were simpler in life, but something that's a flair of classic. [in a French accent?] film expose of fun and laughter.

Emily Deschanel: And David's directing that episode, so we're super-pscyhed about that.


David Boreanaz: It's going to be fun. It's going to be a great opportunity to enjoy the 200th episode, but on top of it to kind of give something back to the fans. Just hold on, it's going to be a lot of fun. Emily's going to look so beautiful, as she always does, but classically beautiful.

Emily Deschanel: You're going to look very handsome.

Question: What can you tell us about some of the troubles that Booth and Brennan are going to have with their relationship?

David Boreanaz: They're going to have to deal with their different reactions to things, because of where Booth is -- in prison and coming out of there. Bones is going to have to re-evaluate the relationship in a way (e.g., Why is he acting this way? I'm not quite understanding it.) Booth will take some things in his own hands. There definitely is some conflict there. There will be a tipping point at the end of episode #2, and we'll kind of look at it. It will obviously bring them closer together. Throughout these seasons, we've always maintained the relationship and going back to the relationship. There will be some conflicting moments and some emotional moments, as well as trying to figure each other again. Things are going to be much different when he gets out.

Emily Deschanel: I think you got it all. There's lots of conflict, but we're still a solid couple. We're really dealing with strong differences of opinion. Booth is clearly hurting, and Brennan doesn't understand. They're trying to figure out how to address it all. It's hard on both of them.

Question: How are Booth and Brennan's parenting coming along? Besides Daisy's pregnancy, can we expect any other babies this season?

Emily Deschanel: We do deal with different things parenting wise -- from choosing what school our daughter should go to how we deal when our daughter starts swearing. Like any normal couple, we have different opinions on it and different approaches to it, so you see that this season. We've got Daisy pregnant, so that's a really big exciting thing. I think we're good with that. No plans for any more.

Question: Do you make parenting suggestions from your own life?

Emily Deschanel: I haven't made many suggestions. When you're dealing with choosing a school for a child -- now we're even looking at elementary schools for our daughter. She's a little older. We've moved ahead in time. With preschools for my own son, I'm certainly similar to Brennan in that I'm researching as many schools as possible. Maybe I have different criteria that she has, but I find it interesting when we address parenting things, because I do see some similarities to my own life. I don't know, David, if you have too?


David Boreanaz: Anything with travel, hockey, and travel, I'm in.



Question: Does the drama at the beginning of the season affect the family?

Emily Deschanel: It definitely impacts the relationships and therefore the family.

Question: How are Booth and Brennan reacting to Daisy's pregnancy?

David Boreanaz: They're part of the family. It's just going to definitely bring everyone closer together. I think we can now all enjoy each other's time more, character wise. I think it will be interesting to see how that develops. I know going forward, especialy with someone like Sweets, it will such a bonding experience with Booth and the two of them. They almost kind of treat each other as friends, but they'll get close. I'm looking forward to that relationship and how it unfolds in the episodes, especially with myself and Sweets.

Emily Deschanel: Seeing them together, which is so exciting for everybody. I think that we're all excited. Like we're excited that Carla was actually pregnant in real life and did have a baby and she got to bring her baby over to the set. Off camera and on camera, we're very excited about a baby being born. It's exciting for the fans and it's exciting for the whole BONES family on the show.

Question: Will a new actor, Gavin MacIntosh, be playing Parker in the new season?

David Boreanaz: It's one of those things with the characters that we have seen develop over the past few seasons -- when and where we can actually show Tyler [Ty Panitz who has played Parker] as far as the storylines are concerned. It's been, especially leaving after Season 9, where we can fit them in and how we can do that. I think Stephen Nathan has more of a plan for that, as far as when and how we can use that situation. To address it directly, I think it's just depending on how it fits in storywise, and it's going to be fun to see how that unfolds.

Question: Will we see more of Parker this season? How is Parker handling the situation?

David Boreanaz: We're going to address it, obviously. When we approach these characters and their lives, we have to just see how it fits within the storyline -- obviously, how Booth is, where his head is, and where his mind is. That stuff will be answered as we go along with the season.

Question: With Booth suffering from PTSD, will the audience learn more about his past trauma?

David Boreanaz: I think we will. I think through the challenges that he has being in prison, trying to get out of prison, trying to deal with the people in prison, and obviously trying to deal with his life outside and how his relationship with Bones. You'll get an insight into how he reacts to certain things. Maybe why he's not the same when he gets outwhen he's with Bones and how she may tiptoe around him and may not understand him in certain ways. I think that Will creep in and out throughout season. I don't want to say that it's going to be like really heavy arc. We'll play it out in the beginning of the year and we'll realize that these characters are there for each other. What's great is that we solve crimes and we do it in the open-end kind of style. We start shows and then have these great storylines that writers provide for us and then we focus on the characters. I don't think it will be like a major, major hard season that way.

Question: Will we get to see Christine more?

David Boreanaz: There's a really touching moment that happens. I think the fans will really enjoy the first episode a lot, and you'll see that bond. It's something that will be reflected through Bones' character and how she sees that. It'll be a very impactful moment. I remember shooting it, so it's going to be a lot of fun.

Emily Deschanel: She's going to be in the second episode, too. We've got a lot going on, too. You will see Christine, and you will see a bit dealing with Booth coming back from prison and all that. But here's so much we're dealing with, especially in the first couple episodes. Christine is coming back more and more in different episodes.

Question: Is there a big shock at the end of the conspiracy story?

David Boreanaz: You know what? We've been dealing with this since towards the end of last season. It kind of started in like episode #17 or whatever and it just slowly builds and builds. It kind of exposed itself in a major ugly way at the end of the season. Then we start off with it again, where I can't do much about it because I'm stuck in prison. When I do get out, there's a sense of closure that will wrap things up in a very neat way.  It will kind of show it in a way that's like, "Wow! It was right under our nose the whole time," but how that affects their relationship and how it affects Booth and when he continues to work in the FBI is still to be determined and to be worked out throughout the first half of the season.