Hart Hanson Prepping ‘Bones’ Spinoff For Fox

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

Bones fans will have to make room in their viewing schedule, as series creator Hart Hanson is currently working on a spin-off of his popular television show that will based off of “The Locator” book series by Richard Greener.

The new series will follow the Locator, Walter Sherman, who is a brash, eccentric man in his 20s-30s with the ability to find people that nobody else can – including those who do not wish to be found.

The only caveat in Hanson’s newly revealed endeavor is that he, the rest of the Bones producers (which includes series stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel), Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are able to find an actor that can successfully carry a series on their own. Casting is scheduled to begin soon and if no one is able to appropriately fill the role, all plans will be scrapped.

If a suitable actor is found, Sherman is slated to be introduced in a crossover episode of Bones on December 6th as an unwelcome acquaintance of Agent Booth (David Boreanaz), whom Sherman served with in Iraq during his most recent deployment as a MP (military police) officer. While serving in Iraq, Booth and Sherman got to know each other very well and subsequently dislike each other because of their differentiating personalities. Sherman is openly aggressive, offensive and often irreverent (although relevant) while handling prospective witnesses and Booth is, well, Booth – he shoots clowns. Of course, Sherman’s mannerisms won’t turn everyone off. Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) will find his no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point idiosyncrasies extremely intriguing.

Keeping with Sherman’s origins from the book series, he will have been injured while serving overseas, suffering brain damage, something that only serves to amplify his eccentric mannerisms and constant state of paranoia. No word yet on whether any of the storylines from the book series will be used, but knowing Hanson’s take on Kathy Reich’s “Temperance Brennan” novels as the template for Bones, he will most likely chose to develop his own, original stories.

Since Bones has been one of Fox’s most reliable series in the ratings over the past six years, with an extremely active fan following, it’s only natural that Hanson and the network would attempt to tap into that success to spawn a new franchise. Will Hanson’s Locator spinoff series be a success? It’s hard to tell, but one thing is for sure, Bones fans will be there to support it.

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Walter Sherman’s character will not appear in a December crossover. Instead, you can expect to see him sometime in January or Feburary.

Source: Deadline, Entertainment Weekly

Bones airs Thursday’s @8pm, on Fox

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  1. They should get james Marsters

    • He’s almost 50, but he’s pretty good at playing younger characters. Not sure that he’d be able to pull off 20s-30s, though.

      • Anthony, you serious about Masters being that old?! The guys aged pretty well hadn’t he?!
        Cool to see him in Smallville the other week. He should be in more stuff, he’s probably going to be in the new Torchwood as Captain John again.

        • I was shocked when I found out how old he was. I didn’t believe it, at first.

          • man, im stunned as well. fact check lol(just kidding Anthony, i trust ya:)

      • He is 48. Lol…

  2. For some reason , it reminds me of the spinoff of The Rockford Files,
    Ritchie Brockman wasnt it?
    I just remember the premise was that he could find people that nobody else could.

  3. The character won’t appear on Bones on Dec 6th since it is a Monday and not a Thursday.
    The shooting will start on Dec 6th and the episode will be on tv in 2011.

  4. The outline of this doesn’t interest me at all and I don’t know why you would make the statement that Bones fans will be there to support it.

    I generally dislike characters that are aggressive, offensive and often irrevant as well as being paranoid. Doesn’t sound like he has many endearing character traits.

    While I’m sure Brennan finds him intriguing it’s only because he bluntly says whatever is on his mind without any kind of filter which she can certainly relate to. I don’t find that quality one of her better ones either.

    I’m with Booth. I don’t think I like him either. Sorry.

  5. James Marsters for Walter Sherman. Cause he’d be awesome in the part. Just gotta look at anything he has been in, Plus he is a Rock singer. Could anyone be better.

    Someone should create a petition, so that Fox knows we want him and so they won’t listen to the people.

  6. Sounds boring, I won’t even give it a chance. Big Yawn -_-.

  7. I am a retired engineer with no commercial writing experience. I have written a ficticious three page outline of how we almost prevented the World Trade Center bombing. It has enough “bones” to make either a feature lenghth movie or a 60 minute TV show. My question is “how do I get this to someone who can convert my outline to a script?”

  8. Kudos, you’ve got me. Forget NCIS. Stories are fresh and interesting, and rational. Can’t beat Emily and David; attractive and bright. Excellent balance of yin and Yang, and fun. Entire show is a delight. The music, and songs beautifuly underscore the story. Bless you, the writers and the entire team; the series is perfection. Love that the science is accessible and the equipment is real. Keep it coming and you will outlast gunsmoke. Booth is the archetyal kind hero. Not every culture has a John Wayne or Seely Booth but everyone wants to believe they can and do exist.