‘Bones’ Producer Talks Forensics, Relationships & More

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In a follow-up to David Boreanaz talking Bones, Fox held a conference call this afternoon with real-life Temperance Brennan inspiration and show producer Kathy Reichs, in order to promote next week’s episode, “The Witch in the Wardrobe”. This will mark her first time writing an episode for the series that was based off of her life and successful book series.

During the course of the conference call, Reichs talks about the future of the series, the development of the shows characters, the impact of Twitter, how O.J. kicked off the whole forensic television craze and so much more.

Check out some of the highlights below. (I know it’s long, but Kathy Reichs is incredibly engrossing and almost everything she said could be considered a highlight.)

Oh, and Bones fans… In case you’re wondering, this is entirely SPOILER-FREE.

On what it was like to write the episode:

“I loved working in the writer’s room. That was, to me, like having some kind of brain trust and we’re all bouncing all these ideas off of each other and building on ideas. That was just really fun for me.”

On the difference between writing a TV episode compared to a book:

“It’s really different from writing a novel. For one thing, when I write a novel, I do it alone. I give the idea to my editors and then I go and write the book and send it to them. That’s not how a TV show works. First, you have to have an idea approved… Then, when that’s approved through all the hierarchical levels, you go break the story. It’s a collective experience – you do it with the other writers, which is very different for me.  Breaking a story can take from one to three weeks and we finished in about two and a half days.”

“Then you pitch it – to Hart [Hanson], in this case. He liked it and made a few suggestions and then it got sent back and I wrote it.”

“…then they change a lot of it, which is also a shock to me. It was a very positive experience, but a very different experience from writing a novel.”

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On the difference between TV Brennan and book Brennan:

“I think of TV Tempe as an earlier point in book Tempe’s life. She’s 30-something rather than 40-something. She’s unmarried, living in Washington – which I find very appropriate because that’s where I started my career, at the Smithsonian.”

On the similarities and differences between herself and Brennan:

“Obviously, professionally, we do the same thing. I work in the crime lab, I go to crime scenes. I work in North Carolina and the Canuck province in Canada a lot, but I do cases all over the country – here and there. Tempe is tied a little more to the Jeffersonian, but she gets out into the field as well. She’s gone to New Orleans and the Pacific Northwest, I think.”

“In terms of personality, I think we’re different. One way we’re similar is sense of humor. I think we have a similar sense of Humor. That was important in creating the show. That was one thing Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson and I were on the same page about from the get-go.”

“But, as far as her social awkwardness and her inability to form close relationships, I think we’re different in that way.”

On handling the character development in the series:

“When I agreed to do the series and met with Be Hart, they convinced me that they would handle the character development and the story development in a way that was compatible with me and that they would leave the science ends of it to me. That has been our working relationship and I trust what they’ve done and people have grown to love these characters. So, who am I to question what he does with their future relationship.”

“I’ve got some interesting plot developments with some of the other characters [in my episode], but not specifically Booth and Brennan. Angela and Hodgins are getting along pretty well lately. I’m not going to give away any spoilers about who it involves – we’ve got Sweets and Daisy, Angela and Hodgins, Booth and Brennan and Cam has started dating.”

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On whether or not Brennan and Booth should get together:

“I just think once you do that – do the deed – you’re done. If you look at other shows like X-Files or Moonlighting, to me, that speaks the beginning of the end. And, they play so well with their chemistry. Just from the very beginning, when Emily auditioned, the chemistry between them has been so good that I think it’s just better to keep that simmering.”

On the longevity of show:

“I think we should go to 1,000 episodes. Everything I hear is that we’re going strong – we’ve been picked up for a 6th season, of course, and then hopefully we can go several more beyond that.”

On what real-life case she’s had stick out in her mind:

“I’ve got some that a little more frustrating than the others. I’ve got a few that have yet to be solved. For example, I’ve got a child’s skeleton in my lab up in Montreal that I’ve had since 1989 that’s never been ID’d. Although, I think we may finally get this little guy identified. So, those are always the must frustrating and stick in my mind more than others.”

“Probably the most difficult working situation was ground zero. Working at the [World] Trade Center -that was both physically and psychology demanding. But, each case brings something to the table – literally to the table.”

Read the rest of the interview with Kathy Reichs…

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  1. Thank you for the interview! I laughed at the part where she mentioned that she and her colleagues were baffled when they suddenly became hot and sexy. It is a funny concept, isn't it? Booth and Brennan ARE hot and sexy… but they work with death, blood, and revenge constantly. Same with Kathy… works in a morgue and with death, but we're all so fascinated and read her books like they're water. I agree with what she said about Booth and Brennan and how if they get together the chemistry's gone. I know I sure do come back each week wondering, “Is this the week???!!!” even though, I know logically that it is not. It's a good hook and BONES does it better than any other show out there.

  2. The last episode I saw, Booth was ready to take a risk and be intimate with her, and she broke down like it'd be the end of the world. I'm sure I partly misunderstood the scene, but the depth of it, the great acting, and the personal experiences it touched on made me cry a little. So I'm with her on keeping them apart, if only because their separation has been so well written so far.

  3. I completely disagree with her about keeping them apart. So, so tired of that excuse. I, for one, am getting bored out of my mind with the will-they-won't-they scenario especially since they have made it the focus of the show. If they continue on this route for another year or two or three, they will create a new TV legend called the “Bones Curse” wherein dragging out a possible romance so long kills the show instead of making it must see TV. However, if they return to the formula they had going in S1 and S2 wherein the possible romantic moments happen organically from the story and the rest of the cast is showcased to the point that we don't actually have to depend on Booth and Bones for satisfactory character development, they might be able to stretch it out.

  4. Completely, 100% disagree that the characters (Brennan and Booth) should be kept apart. Hart to Hart, The Thin Man, etc., did more than fine when they were brought together. In fact, in Kathy's books, the chemistry between Temperance and Andy is hot – and they are together!!!!

    If it's good enough to keep her books cookin', it should be good enough for the younger Tempe…..

  5. I think a wedding's been mentioned before–by David Boreanaz, maybe?–but I'm pretty sure it would be Sweets and Daisy.

  6. I think producers should bring Booth and Brennan together!That's what the most of viewers want!

    • How many episodes will the bones and booth probem last so I can watch again when it is finished. The rest of the characters can’t be that stupid not to know what’s going on.

  7. I think that the creators should bring booth and brennan together!That's what the most of viewers want!this show is great and it will be much better if they bring them together.I hope they won't dissapoint the viewers.

  8. i totally agree with you.i hope that the creators won't leave viewers dissapointed.

  9. I get why the producers and writers don’t think B&B need to be together yet. *dodges tomatoes* No, really. Booth and Brennan have just now opened that can of worms. They have to be able to communicate openly about their prospective relationship, and Brennan has to come to terms with some things. Granted, she doesn’t have to fully believe in love before they can be together, (because Booth will “do you want me to prove it to ya?” ;)) but she has to be open to the idea. Believe me, I would LOVE to see Booth push her up against a wall and *make* her believe in love, and then everything be perfect, but come on!!! That’s not the Brennan we all know and love! It has to happen when it’s meant to happen.

  10. great post, love that episode.

  11. Interesting interview. I’d like to watch it or read it sometime.

  12. ohhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooooooooooooo that is not how eppisodev 9 shuda ended well the one for 12|9|10 im rollin here im so mad they should have tottaly gotten togather wat the crap wrong with them.they need to change the story line quick cuz there will be problems with my viewing but please dont stop making bones cuz then i willn freak,but back to reailty again sooo mad wat the heck was htis .it was a very okay episode if we have to wait a frekin month cud u atleast give us something to chew on until the next one.see now i m just sad u dont understand how much this is effecting me right now.id like who evers name is in charge of bones.cause id i like to write a professional but dtern note to them im steamin right now i wanted to come home and drink some coffe sit down and watch my show i had a bad day i thought hmm maybe it will cheer me up but noo i guss i was wrong.I CAN NEVER BE HAPPY UNTIL TJIS IS SETTELED.PLEASE WRIE AN NEW AND BETTER STORY LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!no cool guys give us something to hold on to while we wait.ive been very pacient with bones and i wont give up on bones but just know im very very VERY angy right now que os jodan!puntos!i did not just cuss so thank you im very angry .yo ill be back and use my first name aquellas my middle name.

  13. I thoroughly love Bones on tv and well as the books.I must say that given the level of genius among all the Jeffersonian personnel, it is absolutely improbable that they would use incorrect English grammar. Yet I often hear grammatical errors in dialogue within episodes.It would be more likely during personal interviews when the actors speak for themselves, but not when scripted by professional writers who should know better. ( I notice it more in using the correct form of the pronouns, for example, objective case pronouns are used instead of the correct nominative case pronouns, and using who and whom, especially by Dr. Brennen. Thank you for listening.

  14. BRING BACK ZACK!! NOBODY COMPARES TO HIM. BRING BACK ZACK!

  15. I am very dissapointed in this last episode where Sealy is going to tell Bones he does not want to marry her without telling her the truth. I do not plan on watching the show anymore, because their relationship is used too much and it is getting tiring. I stopped watching Crimina Minds because the REAPER was over done. I loved your show, but I can”t watch it anymore…

  16. Just watched Bones, season 9, episode 14. Master in the Slop. Not impressed with the shows depiction of a Canadian Doctor. What a slap in the face that character was to our Canadian Anthropologists and to all Canadians really. That character was the embodiment of the typical stereotypes Americans have of Canadians. I can’t believe they even had him say “eh”. FYI “eh” went out with the eighties. Maybe y’oll would know that if y’oll would ax a Canadian. Seriously, Canadians tune into this show for the brilliant minds working together to solve cases not to be slapped in the face with a socially inept dweeb of a Doctor. Is that what you think of our Canadian Doctors? I’m surprised the writers didn’t have him arrive by dog sleigh. So how about asking the Writers and/or Producer of Bones to slap themselves up side the head for this one on behalf of their Canadian fans. And P.S. If they keep it up they will start loosing their Canadian fans and that would be a shame.

  17. It concerns me that such a successful show that depicts military personnel should be so inept at depicting them in the correct military uniform.

  18. The latest episode was so liberal left and unfair. I am not even a Limbaugh fan and could not stomach the idiotic representation. Could you have left anything out to demean our fellow conservative brethren. If we cannot discuss issues without demoralizing the other side how can we heal the riff. I AM DONE WATCHING BONES, AND IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS.