Bones Boss: The 'Bonus' Episodes Are a 'Real Pickle' for Us! Plus Scoop on Baby B's Nanny

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Bones executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan are as in the dark as most anyone about the four “bonus” episodes that will somehow be added onto (or into) Season 7, which was abbreviated by series lead Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy and will premiere next Thursday, Nov. 3.

“They do want to do ultimately 17 episodes, and how it airs is up to Fox,” Nathan told TVLine during a Wednesday conference call with reporters. “They could air before what we consider to be our last episode even. We have no idea.”

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Yes, you read right: Though at one point speculated to possibly air as a “mini season” during summer 2012, Nathan and Hanson say the four episodes instead could be sprinkled throughout the originally commissioned 13, meaning they would likely have to be standalone hours. And that could prove problematic.

“It’s a real pickle for us because we don’t quite know where to place these four stories in our universe,” Hanson told me.  For example, “If they air all in a row, it’d be odd because they would not contain any meaningful character arcs.”

Hanson says he is “hoping” that after Season 7 gets underway, Fox higher-ups will afford more clarity on how and where the four bonus episodes will land.

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Hanson and Nathan also shared during the conference call some teasey quotes on the following topics:

MORE CROSSOVERS WITH THE FINDER | In addition to the previously announced episode in which John Francis Daley’s Sweets travels to Florida to perform an FBI psych eval on the spin-off’s titular character, Walter (played by Geoff Stults), Hanson says they are also closing in on an episode in which Hodgins (played by T.J. Thyne) heads south to rigorously bat around conspiracy theories with Walter. “We’re also looking to see if there’s a place for Stephen Fry to appear in a Finder episode, as Gordon Gordon Wyatt,” Hanson shared. (The Finder‘s freshman run will air during Bones‘ maternity leave hiatus, which begins after Episode 6.)

BEST. EPISODE. EVER? | Echoing that which TVLine previously reported, the Season 7 hour involving Booth, his grandfather (played by Ralph Waite) and by extension Booth’s father, “is maybe one of the best episodes of Bones ever,” said Hanson. “It’s certainly an amazing performance by David Boreanaz that I’m dying for everyone to see.”

WHO’S THE NANNY? | Hmm, good question — who will mind the Booth/Brennan baby after the little one enters the world? “We think we have a pretty good idea for who should take care of the baby” while the parents are off solving grisly murders, Hanson teased. ” Added Nathan, “That’s after the first six [pre-hiatus episodes], but it’ll be a lot of fun.” (We’re stumped over here. You don’t think Caroline will retire from the U.S. Attorney’s office, do you?)

Comments (40)

  • I’m pretty sure they mean Brennan’s dad, especially since how close she and him have gotten lately. Though why an ex-convict who abandoned his own daughter would make a good nanny for his grandchild, I couldn’t say.

    Comment by Mia – October 26, 2011 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nah, I doubt that. My bet is on Sweets. Or the rotating interns. Definently someone who is on the show more often than Brennan’s dad though.

      Comment by Cameron – October 26, 2011 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I second the interns theory!

        Comment by Annika – October 27, 2011 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My initial thought for the babysitter is Daisy. She’s PERFECT! She’s extremely intelligent, very upbeat and slightly high strung, seems like she’d be great with kids(but possibly clumsy which could lead to some comedic moments) AND it would bring her back into the story lines more, which possibly leads to her and Sweets’ relationship finally getting back to being serious!

        Comment by Natalie – October 28, 2011 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • daisy is crazy.. she thinks she is breenan! like a bones wannabe. i think if she is the nanny for baby bones\booth she will kidnapp the baby and we wouldnt want that now would we?

          Comment by julia – October 29, 2011 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I read that section several times and still can’t make a connection anywhere to Brennan’s father (Ryan O’Neal) being the nanny???

      Comment by Bob – October 26, 2011 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was my first “thought,” too, but as you said – that’d be a dicey call.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – October 26, 2011 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “It’s a real pickle for us because we dont quite know where to pleae these four stroirees in our universe,”

    There appears to be some editing/spell-check problems in this story. Otherwise, it’s great.

    Comment by alr – October 26, 2011 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, the blogging tool’s spell-checker is experiencing major glitches. Fixed!

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – October 26, 2011 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My question was more “Why would they write and produce four episodes with no idea how they fit in?”

      Comment by Matt – October 27, 2011 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Zach?? That would be awesomely funny!

    Comment by Booth_girl – October 26, 2011 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Zack’s hands were mangled by an explosion. Not sure I’d trust him to be around a baby. And then there’s the fact that he became the apprectice of a mass-murdering cannibal. Pass

      Comment by Jersey Jeff – October 26, 2011 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. The Gormogon’s Apprentice has an apprentice!

      Comment by Bob – October 26, 2011 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I so vote Zach as the nanny….I can picture the argument between Booth and Bones.

      Comment by Amy – October 26, 2011 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So I’m guessing that the “best” episode is going to have Booth find out about what Pops told Brennan? Maybe I’m wrong but I hope I’m not, that would be a good show.

    Comment by Chrissy – October 26, 2011 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What Hanson describes as the best “Bones” episode is going to be about BOOTH, his grandfather and by extension about Booth’s past. From the sides, it will be an emotional episode where Booth finds out some heartbreaking news that makes him remember his childhood and his father. Maybe Pops will tell Booth his father died, maybe Pops himself will die – we don’t know yet, but it will be about Booth’s pain, allowing David Boreanaz to give us a powerful performance. I for one can hardly wait for it!

      Comment by lana – October 26, 2011 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What Chrissy said IS about Booth, remember what Pops told Brennan about Booth’s father leaving? Pops made him leave after catching dad hitting the boys, only Brennan knows that. Pops told Brennan to tell Booth someday and that she had to be there to hold him because he’d need it. I think Chrissy is on to something. I’d bet my money on that too.

        Comment by Jenny – October 26, 2011 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Thanks Jenny, that is exactly what I was talking about about and what I’m hoping for!

          Comment by Chrissy – October 27, 2011 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What if the nanny was Daisy? That would be hilarious. It might become more obvious once we see what Angela’s and Hoggin’s baby is doing. Maybe it would be someone brought in to watch both babies. After all they’re only 7 or 8 months apart in age. Hopefully they’ll grow up to be best friends. Other nanny suggestions…Cam’s daughter, bring back Sid from season 1, the Science guy?

    Comment by Liz – October 26, 2011 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i don’t think it’ll Caroline, i have to go with my gut and that tell’s me it maybe Daisy. That would turn out to be REALLY hilarious!!!
    i can’t think of anyone other than her!

    Comment by Clari – October 26, 2011 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I cannot imagine Daisy, always quick to tout her smarts and love for anthropology, happy as a nanny unless she is forced into it somehow.

      Comment by Gretchen – October 26, 2011 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lady in the blue above looks creepy as hell WFT..

    Comment by Angel – October 26, 2011 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For the last freakin’ time, STOP calling it a spin-off since it’s not nor ever will be!!

    It’ll be an interesting decision whom will be the nanny. Brennan will raise it with Booth but that’s not to say he’s not going to have a say since he is the father. It’ll add yet another dynamic to their already anomalous relationship. The Jeffersonian has daycare but when not working, it’ll be Brennan & Booth. Everyone will want to help out though.

    In past seasons, episodes have been aired out of order (as evident int he episodes) but it’ll be great to have as many as possible. What they should do it for the add on episodes is do a flashback for everyone. That would be awesome. It’ll catch everyone up + give us more Brennan & Booth!!

    Here’s 2 tons of more seasons of Bones. The best show ever!!

    Comment by Mic – October 26, 2011 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Someone mentioned this awhile back–one of the four episodes should be about Booth/Brennan announcing the pregnancy coupled with Hodgins/Angela’s first days at home with their baby.

      Comment by Gretchen – October 26, 2011 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Love these ideas.

        Comment by cjinsd – October 26, 2011 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hmm….who said it was a spinoff? The author wrote that the cast from Bones will be doing CROSSOVER episodes, which is the correct terminology.

      Comment by Dan – October 27, 2011 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cannot wait but of course I have to and the anticipation is fantastic, it seems to me that Bones has turned a chapter and we will be watching a whole new show. A nanny for baby Bones, well this sounds out there ,but what about Robert Englund, Bones old high school janitor,I mean he can keep house to, and Booth is kinda scared of him, it would be funny. My other choice would be Max. Another weird idea, what if there was more than one baby ! either way, BONES is back soon and I just hope a season 8 will happen.Bones is by far my most favorite show and I thank all involved.

    Comment by cecilia fitzgibbon – October 26, 2011 04:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I either hope that Max, Gordon Gordon, or Avalon Harmonia will babysit. They’re all highly unlikely though. The kid would be completely screwed up if they did that haha. My money is on the squinterns!

    Comment by Elaine – October 26, 2011 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • why not have max keenan watch over baby B&B? i mean, who would want to do something to a kid when you have this guy hanging around watching over it.

    Comment by TJCrinc – October 26, 2011 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanna see the best.episode.ever right now :) David impressed us last season with his acting in Daredevil episode, I’m impatiently awaiting for this one, sounds awesome!!!!

    Comment by valy – October 26, 2011 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure who will be the “nanny,” but I’d love to see the B/B baby share the same “minder” as Angela’s and Hodgin’s baby. Given she doesn’t get many road trips, I wonder if maybe Angela would have the B/B baby stay at her place. Wouldn’t you just love to see those two little ones become BFFs, just like their mothers? ;)

    Comment by ari – October 26, 2011 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHY does The Finder get Gordon Gordon Wyatt and not Bones!? Seriously – it’s been FOREVER since we’ve seen Stephen Fry on the show, I at least want his take on Booth and Brennan now that they’re together! Or at least an “I told you so” (haha).

    Comment by AngelMoonGirl – October 26, 2011 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Booth’s Ex? – he obviously trusts her with his son and they are on good terms now. I don’t think Bones would have a problem with her and she seems to have done a good job with Parker.

    Comment by ginge53 – October 26, 2011 11:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IMO, the most interesting part was when to air the extra episodes. HH also stated that it will depend on how other Fox series do.

    I said this when they ordered those 4 extra episodes that they could easily be placed before the finale if The Finder series fails. I think Fox is backing up a winning horse by having the Bones’ cast/crew prepared for this possibility. If The Finder series fails along the same line as ‘Lone Star’ did, then they have a solid plan in place to keep ahold of the ratings in that time spot. If The Finder is a success, Fox is still a winner by having 17 episodes to sell on DVD vice only 13. It’s a win-win for Fox no matter how you look at it even if The Finder fails.

    The good news is that S7 sounds like it is well planned out and HH/SN are just concerned with that plan being interrupted. IMO, we haven’t had a good plan in place since S4 when HH changed the bottom line of the series of keeping B&B apart as long as possible. It seemed they went by the audience reaction and S6, IMO, was played entirely by ear.

    I’m excited about the new season and it sounds like they are getting back on track what made the series a success in the first place.

    And here is another idea: They could easily have DB/ED read the phone book for an entire episode. Those two together, both on and off screen, are just great and could easily become a Vegas act.

    Comment by Dan – October 27, 2011 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Angela’s dad and Bones’s dad sharing baby duties using the “at my age I need to settle down” theme. That would be a hoot!

    Comment by socalgal – October 27, 2011 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know I’m not an actor and you guys don’t know me but I’m rreally great with kids I REALLY WANT TO BE THE NANNY OF THIS LITTLE ONE!!!!!

    Comment by Amy avondet – October 29, 2011 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • [foxshoe=no relation to the network; it's an X-Files thing]. I know I’m ADDle-pated, but I can’t think of any reason Bones’ brother and his sweetheart can’t care for the baby. She has done a great job with her kids. Bug I can’t remember what he was involved in last time we saw him. He did prison time, but wasn’t that pretty short? It would be very true to the show to have someone compassionate but controversial. He’s done a lot of growing-up on his own….so…what does anyone think?

    Comment by foxshoe – October 29, 2011 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t want anything to do with The Finder. I don’t like Geoff Stults.

    Comment by Lisa – October 31, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fox is hedging the bets big time on the Finder, and the pressure is on to cross the Bones fans and cast into the Finder to get the ratings. This is SOOOOOO Fox progam tactics that it stinks. Fox is always looking for the next money maker, and Bones can and will be sacrificed to get there.

    Fox will wait to see if Zoey D’s show crashes and burns and then may bring her back as the cousin-Nanny for the kid. Her show started strong but has now lagged in the ratings area. I would not bet on that show making it next season.

    If HH can’t see fit to stop jumping time lines and let us see BandB’s relationship and path to parenthood play out, then I don’t see the need for the wait and see attitude at Fox. The rage in the fanbase was pretty evident after the finale in May. Pretty crappy to not let the fans see the details of the relationship start.

    And no, we are not talking Bone’s porn- that’s a quote that SN should never be allowed to forget, idiot.

    Comment by All Bets Off – October 31, 2011 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thing is, will fox cancel with direct tv? if so i m going to be so mad if i dont get to see bones. THERE WILL BE CHAOS IF I MISS BONES! comment if you agree, disagree, or think DB is hot!!

    Comment by Delly – October 31, 2011 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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