Scoop: Bones Spinoff Lands Saffron Burrows

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Ex-Law & Order: Criminal Intent detective Saffron Burrows has joined Fox’s prospective Bones spinoff, sources confirm.

Burrows joins the previously-cast Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan.

The planted pilot, which will air as the 19th episode of Bones‘ current season, is based  on The Locator books written by Richard Greener and centers on Walter Sherman aka “the Locator” (Stults), a former military policeman who can find anything.

Burrows will play Walter’s confidente/sidekick, a bar owner who knows her way around a helicopter cockpit.

Comments (33)

  • Ohhh that’s very exciting news! I’m a huge fan of Saffron! Loved her in The Bank Job and then again on Boston Legal (not so much on L&O:CI though. I’m looking forward to the spin off – I’ll have to check out the book!

    Comment by Lady E – February 14, 2011 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it just me or does Saffron Burrows sound like a pornstar’s name? Put it in n the same article as the word cockpit, and my inner adolescent squeals with puerile delight.

    Comment by Chris – February 14, 2011 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bones. *tee hee*

      Comment by snicker – February 15, 2011 03:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A spin-off is built around a beloved secondary character of an existing show. This is more of a crossover with a show that doesn’t exist yet.

    Comment by greenerpuddles – February 14, 2011 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Worked with NCIS which has had a longer run than JAG did. Loved the characters, looking forward to the show.

      Comment by August Meidling – April 22, 2011 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just my opinion, but that’s not a spinoff to me. A spinoff is a show that has a regular character from the original show, like Lou Grant and Maude. These planted shows, as you termed it, just doesn’t make it a spinoff.

    Please don’t get me started on “filmed on location”!

    Comment by Al – February 14, 2011 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was thinking the same. They need to come up with a new term for it. I was wondering who was leaving the show to start this one.

      Comment by DJ – February 14, 2011 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree – this is not really a spin off. And the author has only written 2 books so the whole premise of the show is not very formulated. I just requested it from the library so we’ll see. It sounds interesting but certainly is not a spin off.

      Comment by Lady E – February 14, 2011 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah they are more like backdoor pilots

    Comment by Ryan – February 14, 2011 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, my thoughts exactly. It’s a backdoor pilot being aired via Bones, not a spinoff. Granted, they can still do crossovers, but a spinoff would be like, “Zack Addy’s Magical Mental Wonderland.” ;)

      Comment by DL – February 14, 2011 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I would watch that in a heartbeat! I miss Zack!!!

        Comment by jen – February 14, 2011 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like her but probably won’t watch. I had originally that that Katheryn Winnick would be cast in the pilot. But then she was not well received by many fans, either her character or the actress, so maybe they changed the character.

    Comment by El – February 14, 2011 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll try the show. While I agree, this is no spin-off, it does sound decent.

    Comment by GimplyGump ☺ – February 14, 2011 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d say it all depends on the writing. The cast is quite solid, and they’ll perform well, regardless of the material. However, I’d say of late only one in five pilots doesn’t come off as campy or overly expository in the writing (my personal opinion, of course), so for me that’s what will make or break the show.

      Comment by DL – February 14, 2011 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Won’t be watching the show, she’s dreadful.

    Comment by Pat – February 14, 2011 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree. Between her and Geoff Stults, who can’t act to save his life, this sounds awful.

      Comment by njkjess – February 14, 2011 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Saffron Burrows is a show ender not a show starter. ended Boston Legal ended CI.

    Comment by bo koop – February 14, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GAH. She’s a HORRIBLE actress. In that she CAN’T act!

    Comment by Mel – February 14, 2011 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow! Just watched the crappy pilot which aired during the episode of Bones…. Well, when you want to watch a show that you like and you see everything but the show you actually like and all the actors are blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Horrible and there is no chemistry…Then you know you don’t want to watch the crappy show with horrible actors!!!!

      Comment by Nikki – April 22, 2011 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My opinion is that most pilots are crappy… they are just made to sell the show to whoever is in charge at the time that it will be a good idea to go forward with making a higher budget show. That dosn’t mean that the same people will be playing the charactors if it is picked up as a steady series… most bigtime series don’t have the same people playing the parts after they are picked up… look at the pilot for Smallville… they changed the actress for Martha Kent and that was for the better.

        Comment by Spectre – April 24, 2011 01:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve read the pilot. They needed someone older, wise, mysterious for that role, and/or a 50 years old woman. That would be almost revolutionary in TV. The character was very well written, it’s a waste now.

    Comment by TheReader – February 14, 2011 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Saffron Burrows is almost 40. Pretending she’s some young starlet fresh out of high school is bizarre.

      Comment by Bwuh? – February 15, 2011 12:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yikes. Sorry, but I thought she was horrid on L&O: CI.

    Comment by Blake – February 14, 2011 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If “Bones” hadn’t turned into such a parody of itself this season, maybe I would have seen this pilot and liked it. As it is, who knows, I’ll wait to hear, but I doubt it.

    Comment by amy – February 14, 2011 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if she’s seen Happy Town because Geoff Stults can’t act.

    Poor thing.

    Comment by Corinne – February 14, 2011 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • However, I don’t remember much about her own acting abilities.

    Comment by Corinne – February 14, 2011 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is the 2nd Law & Order star to be on a new show, thats good news

    Comment by Vince – February 14, 2011 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Bone’s spin-off? I am so going to have to see this!

    Comment by Emma – February 15, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This isn’t a spin-off, besides it sounds boring.

    Comment by lace – February 15, 2011 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just watched this “spinoff” its god awfull, the premise is ok but the acting is just horrible, Saffron Burrows attempt at an English Cockney Acent is right out of Mary poppins it was bad then and its worse now. This could have been really good without the overacting.

    Comment by Emma – April 23, 2011 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Have to agree with Emma. Premise OK, but I have doubts about it holding up given that there are only three books so far. Even with Michael Clarke Duncan the acting was not good. And yes, the accent was abysmal. I couldn’t understand half of what she said.

      Comment by Coleman – April 25, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Saffron Burrows is a great actress, if you haven’t seen the bank job or the guitar, she was really good in those. I think her cockney accent was pretty accurate,I go into london a lot, that IS actually how a lot of cockney londoners speak. I only watched l&o CI once or twice, her american accent wasn’t incredible but she did enter the show as Kathryn Erbe (who returns next month) exited it so it’s no surprise she was badly received. I think Bones fans didn’t like the spinoff because it took over the episode, whilst I love Bones it didn’t bother me at all, the same way hannah didn’t bother and cam never bothered me, because it was obvious neither character were unlikable or actually going to end up with booth, just as I’m sure the next episode of Bones will be more about Bones again.

    Comment by mary – April 28, 2011 04:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am English and Saffron is English yet her accent is awful. Why not just use her normal voice instead of some terrible london atempt. I could not concentrate on anything she said as i was just thinking how bad the accent was all the time.

      Comment by jo douglas – May 12, 2011 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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