[B] BB and baby makes 3.

Scoop on Bones' Delivery Date and Baby Name, 'Intense' Season Finale Teases, Season 9 (!) Talk

Bones fans attending PaleyFest 2012 Thursday night had a ringside seat to a most blessed event: The birth of Booth and Brennan’s daughter!

Prior to the Q&A (moderated by TVLine’s fearless leader Michael Ausiello) with the show’s cast and producers, attendees were treated to an exclusive screening of the show’s April 2 spring premiere, an action-packed, super-eventful episode that culminated with the arrival of tiny Bones.

Not surprisingly, the delivery was anything but smooth. Let’s just say it started in the midst of a prison riot and ended in a… well, not a hospital (to view the hilarious set piece, click here and scroll down to question No. 13.)

Later, Emily Deschanel insisted that her real-life delivery — son Henry was born in September — was far less dramatic than Brennan’s. ”The experience was completely different,” she laughed.

The episode’s emotional high point came in the final minutes when Brennan revealed the name of her and Booth’s bundle of joy (hint: the wee little one is named after two very special women in Brennan’s life).

And how will Booth’s son Parker react to his new half-sister? “You’ll see,” said executive producer Stephen Nathan. “That’s a pretty interesting episode, and not what you’d expect.”

Other topics covered during the PaleyFest panel:

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Mega Buzz:

I'd love some Bones scoop! — Molly
Look for another case to hit really close to home for Booth. When the Jeffersonian team learns that some unidentified remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon belong to a Gulf War veteran, Booth makes it his personal mission to find out who he was. Turns out he had become homeless before his death, the result of post-traumatic stress disorder. However, with the help of one of Booth's fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, Seeley may be able to prove that the veteran still died a hero.

[B] What would Booth do?

"Bones" will move to Mondays at 8:00/7:00c beginning April 2.



FOX announces revisions to its Monday and Thursday spring schedule, as well as the air date for FOX's 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL and the addition of a HOUSE retrospective leading into the show's momentous series finale.


On Monday, April 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), BONES moves to a new night and time. In the spring premiere, an expectant Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) are at odds over plans for the upcoming birth of their daughter. Meanwhile, a neighborhood is on edge when remains are found in the sewer, clogging up local plumbing lines.


[EDITOR'S NOTE 4: BONES is preempted on Monday, May 21.]


Ausiello: Hollywood

Question: Any scoop on these crazy pics from the set of Bones that exec producer Stephen Nathan has been posting to Twitter? —Iza
“Imagine Michael Bay’s take on Bones,” Nathan tells me of those images from Episode 12, which finds Booth and Brennan travelling to Hollywood to observe production of the film version of her latest book. “Hollywood might have [taken some creative liberties] with the material.”

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"Bones" Prepares for a Mother of a Return Thursday, April 5

FOX is announcing April launch dates for the return of BONES and the debut of HOTEL HELL.

On Thursday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), BONES returns with an expectant Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) at odds over plans for the upcoming birth of their daughter. Meanwhile, a neighborhood is on edge when remains are found in the sewer, clogging up local plumbing lines.

Thursdays, beginning April 5:
9:00-10:00 PM BONES (Spring Premiere)

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[B] Max and Parker

Ausiello: Titles

Question: Would you be so kind and reveal the title of the 11th episode of Bones? —Amanda
It’s called “The Family and the Feud” and, per exec producer Stephen Nathan, “It’s our take on the Hatfields and the McCoys. And, of course, it spills over onto our people and their own families.” [FYI: This is the episode that marks the return of Ryan O'Neal as Brennan's pa.] Bonus Bones scoop: Episode 12 is called “The Suit on the Set.”


Bones Winter Finale Scoop: The Most Diabolical Baddie Is Unleashed! A Love Nest Is Revealed!

This Thursday at 8/7c, Fox’s Bones will (temporarily) go out with a bang, as the seven-year-old procedural’s perhaps most sinister villain ever is introduced.

Executive producer Stephen Nathan tells TVLine that this new baddie — named Christopher Pellant, played by Andrew Leeds (Dirt, Nip/Tuck) and described as a “genius hacktivist” — “will fundamentally change the direction of the show by the end of the season, even though he’s not going to reappear that often.”

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[B] BB and baby makes 3.

Ausiello: Marriage for Booth and Brennan, Squintern romance

Question: Will Booth and Brennan get married on Bones? —Iza
Yes, but not anytime soon. “I can’t see a wedding happening this season,” says executive producer Stephen Nathan. “At some point I think there has to be [one]. But there are going to be so many problems they’ll have to deal with before that, like how their work is affected by this baby — and it’s going to be affected a lot.” (BTW, Nathan would neither confirm nor deny rumors that Brennan gives birth in a stable.)

Question: Any squintern-related Bones scoop? —Dave
New (unconventional) triangle alert! Finn will start dating Cam’s daughter, Michelle. “That’s going to be a terrific arc,” Nathan tells me. “It starts in Episode 8, which will air in the fall of 2041.” It’s funny because it’s true.

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BONES Might Get Additional Season 7 Episodes

Stop me if you’ve heard this before…BONES season 7 episode order may be changing.

As you may remember, when the show was renewed in May, Fox ordered 22 episodes. Then at the last TCA, Fox’s President of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly told me they would only make 13 episodes this year due to series star Emily Deschanel’s (Brennan) maternity leave. A few months later, the plans changed and they decided to add an additional four episodes to the season, which would air at some TBD time.

But now, things have changed again.

“There are episodes that haven’t been programmed yet that will either move into next season if we go forward or play into the summer,” Reilly said. “But we don’t have 22 on the schedule but we ordered 22. We need to do a new deal with BONES for next season if we’re going to keep it going. I’d like to keep it going.”

However, when I pointed out last we heard there would only be 17 episodes, he slightly amended his statement.

“We programmed 17, but we ordered 22 for the season,” he told me. “Well, let me clarify that — we ordered as many as they could produce with Emily, so if they can produce 22 when she comes back, that’s what we’ll make. You are accurate about that. We ordered, ultimately, it ended up being 17 because that was all she could do. But if she comes back, they may ultimately end up making 22.”

So…there’s that.