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
From their first episode together, Brennan and Booth’s dynamic was electric, and while the will-they-or-won’t-they of it all took nearly seven seasons to sort out (more if you count that they don’t actually tie the knot until season nine), their relationship kept fans hooked for all 245 episodes. We watched Brennan wrestle with her feelings as Booth looked for love, saw them lay it all on the line only to yank it back again, and finally, at long last, got to witness their happy ending. Two kids and countless hurdles later, they’re still going strong.
So, as we
Bones set the stage for its series finale on Tuesday’s explosive penultimate episode, which, true to form for the long-running Fox procedural, combined the joy of a wedding with the terror of a killer on the loose. And everything ended with a bang.
The episode, titled “The Day in the Life,” flashed back and forward around the events of Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Arastoo’s (Pej Vahdat) reception, giving fans a chance to see the happy couple and all their friends and relatives -- Michelle! Felicia! Most of the old “squinterns!” -- celebrating their much-deserved bliss.
However, the honeymoon doesn’t last long, as the next morning Cam and Arastoo are summoned back to the Jeffersonian Institute’s Medico-Legal Lab, where, as Brennan (Emily Deschanel) puts it, “everything” has gone wrong.
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According to Fox, "The dismembered body of successful golfer-turned-lumberjack Phyllis Paul brings the squints to the Lumber Sports Regional Championships. At this competition, Booth and Brennan discover numerous secrets that could have resulted in Phyllis' murder, including an affair with a married rival. Meanwhile, Hodgins secretly analyzes the bacteria on the bone of a prior victim that he believes will exonerate the murderer, Zack Addy (guest star Eric Millegan)."
Let’s be honest: Not too many live action shows have lasted for longer than a handful of seasons on Fox (just ask The Finder). But those that have are among the most hallowed in the annals of television history. So I find hit highly befitting that Bones join the pantheon of such heavyweights as Married… With Children, The X-Files, 24 and House.
Over the course of the past few decades, it seems like a billion police procedurals have come and gone. What allowed Bones in particular to rise above the rest was not only concocting riveting mysteries each week to enthrall millions of viewers, it was also its reliance on presenting sound scientific investigation to the masses in stylish fashion, and its ability to craft characters that the audience actually cares about. Aside from perhaps Law & Order: Svu and NCIS, I’m not
The twist in the opener: As many Bones fans suspected/hoped, Zack was not pulling the Puppeteer strings after all.
In the Fox procedural’s final-season premiere on Tuesday, it was revealed that Eric Millegan’s beloved alter ego kidnapped Brennan to protect her from the marionette-obsessed menace (who, for the record, turned out to his now-dead doctor Mihir Roshan).
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Ausiello: Sheldon and Amy are sloooooowly making Penny’s apartment their own. “If you look carefully, some of Sheldon’s things are quietly migrating from [his and Leonard’s old apartment] into what was Penny’s apartment,” reveals showrunner Steve Molaro, adding that he’s loathe to conduct a wholesale revamp of what is essentially one of the show’s three iconic sets (the other two being Sheldon’s old apartment with
The first extended look at Bones upcoming 12th and final season (bowing Tuesday, Jan. 3 on Fox) finds David Boreanaz’ G-man reeling from the disappearance of Emily Deschanel’s Brennan, who in last May’s finale was presumably abducted by ex-squintern Zack (Eric Millegan).
“He took her and he’s going to kill her,” Booth rages in the above extended promo, before vowing, “I’m going to get my family back.”
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The 40-second teaser also takes a quickie trip down memory lane,
Current showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson had some words for fans to mark the premiere announcement: “We’ve loved working on ‘Bones’ and are so excited to bring our fans this final season,” the two said. “After 12 years on the air, it’s an honor to be able to write the exciting and meaningful ending, which the show deserves.”
“Bones” creator Hart Hanson also chimed in: “From the very first season, ‘Bones’ was called ‘The Little Engine That Could.’ So we could not be prouder of ending up as Fox
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