Bones Boss Opens Up About Friday Move, Hodgins' Family Secret and... a New Couple!

Bones Season 9 SpoilersBones is finally making the move to Fridays at 8/7c this week after years of dodging the oft-stigmatized night. But executive producer Stephen Nathan isn’t fretting about the show’s new home.

“Thankfully, this has happened at a time when the days of the week really don’t mean all that much on television anymore,” said Nathan during a recent conference call. “So many people timeshift the show… We still have a large audience that watches us when we are on, but I’m not that concerned with Friday. I think all these loyal fans are going to come over to Friday.”

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To make the shift more appetizing, Fox is offering up not one, but two episodes of Bones this week. The first, airing tonight at 8 pm, features guest star Nora Dunn (Entourage, The Nanny) as “another mystery writer who has a long-standing feud with Brennan,” previews Nathan. “She has a book coming out, and Brennan also has a book coming out. It’s a feud between the two of them that morphs into something much more complex and entertaining.”

Then on Friday, the series combines two murders into one story when Brennan has to serve jury duty and finds herself handicapped by the fact that she can’t investigate the court case.

“Brennan, being supremely rational and logical, follows the judges’ instructions to the letter of the law — and what she feels is utterly unimportant,” describes Nathan. “She is only dealing with the evidence. And that gets us into a lot of trouble.”

Naturally, the set-up also lends itself to laughs. “It’s pretty funny having her on a jury,” continues the EP. “She wants to be the foreperson, she’s not the foreperson. Somebody asks a question in court, she answers.”

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Nathan also spilled some scoop on what’s ahead further down the line in Season 9, including the return of a certain spy:

SKELETON IN THE CLOSET | Hodgins will discover “some secrets about [his] family that are going to be quite surprising to him. It’s not going to be grand political secrets or anything like that. It’s going to be very, very personal.” Meanwhile, another episode will find Angela’s always-eager better half heading out into the field “because there is a murder that revolves around a family that was close to his family when he was growing up. So he’s going into a world of wealth that he no longer enjoys.”

BADDIE ON THE BRAIN | The previously mentioned episode will also serve to introduce the Ghost Killer arc. “Brennan is the type of person who is not going to forget the words of warning that were given to her by Pelant. … We will see that surface in a way that concerns Booth and the other people at the lab and is something they’re all going to have to contend with, seeing how immersed and overwhelmed Brennan is by the idea of this new serial killer.” Former squintern Clark will figure heavily into the initial Ghost Killer story, while the series’ first episode back in January will point the team in a direction when it comes to the anonymous murderer’s identity. And then there’s this: “We also haven’t, let’s say, felt the end of Pelant.”

MEN OF ACTION | Freddie Prinze Jr.’s CIA agent will be back in an episode “that teams Booth and Danny in a common cause, but also causes Booth to question Danny in a way that, hopefully, will be very surprising.”

SQUINTERN SPOTLIGHT | Wendell will be the focus of an “emotional” hour, directed by star David Boreanaz, in which he has to “contend with something none of us would want to contend with.” Fisher will also return, and he “might be hooking up with someone we know.”