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ObrazekWednesday, August 30
8:00 p.m. "Bones" (Season Premiere)

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14th July 2006

The Skeleton Crew
'Odd Couple' Breathes Life Into D.C.-Based Drama

By Kathy Blumenstock
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 16, 2006; Page Y05

Along with other summertime visitors to the nation's capital, Emily Deschanel plans to stop by the Smithsonian Institution.

But unlike most tourists, the star of Fox's "Bones" is driven by professional curiosity.

"I'd love to just go and talk to someone who works with the bones there, about forensic anthropology and all of the things the artifacts can tell us," said Deschanel, who plays Temperance Brennan, a Washington forensic anthropologist tapped by the FBI to help crack baffling cases. "My character is passionate about finding out who did something and why."

Nicknamed "Bones" for her ability to cull clues from the cuts, breaks, bruises and poisons present in skeletal remains, Brennan works at the fictitious Jeffersonian Institution, where she collaborates and clashes with FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The former Army sniper is skeptical of Brennan's exacting methods -- the opposite of his own crime-solving style, which involves shoe-leather investigating and interrogating the living.

Boreanaz called his character "a hardball, out-on-the-street kind of guy" who "loves memorabilia and is mistrustful of science." And because of the characters' contrasting styles, "it makes the two of them like Bonnie and Clyde meets 'The Odd Couple,' " he said.

Boreanaz believes some of the show's appeal comes from the give-and-take between Brennan and Booth, who are at odds professionally but are drawn to each other personally. The sexual tension between them is "something you don't want to do too much of," Boreanaz said. "You want to keep it at bay. That will be explored, but to what extent, I'm not sure."

"Bones," returning for its second season this fall, is a procedural that also is "very much about the characters and their relationships with each other. It's true to life in its tone," Deschanel said.

Show creator Hart Hanson wanted "Bones" to break out of the prime-time pack of forensic dramas with its own distinctive details.

"We partnered her with a federal cop so she could go anywhere," he said. "The show is set in Washington, a grand and beautiful city, where there are secret places everywhere and there is something going on all over. And while the bodies are pretty gross, it is mostly bits of body or skeletons that she is working from, not recognizable humans, so we can have a dark sense of humor about it."

In addition to doses of dry humor, the show includes a back story about the disappearance of Brennan's parents and a brother who's in and out of her life.

"She is prickly about people, but you understand why she behaves as she does," Deschanel said. "She has put up a wall around her heart to protect herself because the people she loves have all left her."

The program was inspired by the suspense novels of Kathy Reichs, a real-life forensic anthropologist (see box below). "The character on the show is not based on Temperance Brennan in the books, but on Kathy," Hanson said.

 To avoid confusion, he initially gave Deschanel's character another name. But Reichs, a show consultant, wanted a connection for fans of her fiction. Another nod to the author: The television Brennan writes mystery novels, featuring a protagonist named Kathy Reichs.

Deschanel has spoken with Reichs and other professionals in preparation for her role, but she's stopped short of visiting a morgue. "I did not want to be affected too much. Tempe has seen everything; she doesn't smell the smells or get emotional," Deschanel said. "She's a woman in a powerful position with two different careers, one that men would faint at."

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