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Bones Scoop: Meet the Guy Who 'Knows Booth Better Than Brennan Does'

Mather Zickel BonesBones is turning to a comedic actor to help rid the drama in Booth’s life.

Funnyman Mather Zickel (House of Lies, Man Up) is joining the Fox drama’s ninth season as an ex-priest who shares a past with David Boreanaz’ G-man, TVLine has confirmed.

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The character, Aldo Coulter, served as Booth’s “ex-confessor when he was a sniper in the Rangers,” series creator Hart Hanson told TVLine last week at Comic-Con.

Besieged by a serious case of Catholic guilt after breaking off his engagement to Brennan, Booth seeks out “his old spiritual advisor, who now runs a bar, to talk things out,” Hanson explained. “They have a very close relationship. As Coulter points out to Brennan in the premiere, he knows Booth better than she does.”

Zickel’s casting, which broke on Boreanaz’ twitter feed, comes a day after Freddie Prinze Jr. signed on to play an old friend of Booth’s.

Both Zickel and Prinze will debut in Bones‘ Season 9 premiere on Sept. 16.