The actress formerly known as Temperance Brennan is returning to television in TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom,’ and discusses the evolution of her career with The Hollywood Reporter.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – When Emily Deschanel graduated from theater school, she planned to spend her career doing off-Broadway shows and the occasional indie film. The actress, who is best known for the 12 years she spent starring on Fox procedural Bones, chuckled on the phone while remembering those early career goals.
“I remember somebody laughing at me, like, ‘OK, if you never want to make any money, then great,'” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
While her earliest credited parts include small roles in not-so-indie films including Cold Mountain, Glory Road and The Alamo, Deschanel’s big break came after being cast in Stephen King’s ABC miniseries Rose Red. A couple of pilot seasons later and she was the No. 2 on the call sheet for Bones, behind former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel star David Boreanaz, where she’d spend the next decade-plus of her life.
Two years after her Fox drama ended, Deschanel now finds herself headed back to television in a recurring role on TNT’s crime family drama Animal Kingdom. While she spent 12 years playing forensic anthropologist and straight-laced FBI collaborator Temperance Brennan on Bones, she’s on the other side of the law as recovering addict Angela on Animal Kingdom.
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PARADE – Bones star Emily Deschanel tracked down criminals as forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan on the Fox series. Now Deschanel, 42, plays Angela, a drug addict who cozies up to the Cody family in season four of TNT’s crime drama Animal Kingdom (May 28).
You spent 12 seasons upholding the law on Bones. What’s it like now to be on the other side?
It’s a lot of fun. I have two sons [Henry, 7, and Calvin, 3] and they love playing bad guys a lot of times. There’s something about human nature that makes you enjoy doing it. But the fun part about it is to see it from the character’s perspective, like, why are they doing these things?
I don’t think anyone sets out to be evil or do bad things. Maybe a few people do, but they have reasons why they do what they do and they probably think that they’re doing something for a good reason. So, that’s what’s been really fun, to see from this character’s perspective why she’s doing certain things. It’s been unclear as we’ve been working how bad she is, what she’s up to, and what is she scheming?
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TV WISE – FOX UK has acquired long-running procedural Bones, which was originally produced for their U.S. namesake, after striking a deal with sister company Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
Sky originally brought Bones to the UK. The series first aired on this side of the pond on Sky1, before ultimately moving over to sister channel Sky Living, where it wrapped it’s twelve season reason several months ago.
FOX UK has picked up the series for their daily 5pm time-slot, where it will launch on Wednesday October 18th with a double-bill. Bones is the latest U.S. scripted drama FOX UK has picked up to strip daily across their schedule; following in the foot-steps of USA Network’s Monk, the former Dana Delany ABC procedual Body Of Proof and TNT’s brand defining show The Closer.
The licensing agreement for Bones is the latest in a string of deals that FOX UK has inked in the past few months. The channel previously inked agreements with Keshet International for False Flag, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for Lucifer and the third and final season of Murder In The First, and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for new X-Men universe show The Gifted.
Created by Hart Hanson and based on the series of novels by Kathy Reichs, Bones follows forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan who, along with her team at the Jeffersonian Institute, assists the FBI with their investigations. The drama was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and across it’s twelve seasons starred Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Eric Millegan, Jonathan Adams, Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley and John Boyd.
Less than five months after Bones went off the air, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden admits the long-running crime procedural could still have a future on the network.
After 12 seasons, the drama starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel bid farewell, but with the rate of shows being revived left and right — we’re looking at you, Will & Grace and Roseanne — Walden was asked how much time would have to pass before putting the show back on the air.
“I think David Boreanaz would be upset with his new show premiering if I said it was any time soon,” Walden said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday. “I would anticipate ultimately we would happily do something around Bones, and that group was so close and the experience was so good for all of them. I can’t say definitively, we’ve had no conversations, it’s just too soon, and they’re all pursuing different things right now.”
For his part, Boreanaz will return to primetime this fall in the CBS military drama SEAL Team — though the actor didn’t seem that positive about reprising his Bones role following the finale at TCA in January. “It’s very hard for me to answer that question, honestly,” Boreanaz said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in six hours. I mean, you’re asking a hypothetical question, but everything is possible in life. But I tend to like to go forward. I don’t like to go backwards… In general, I don’t like reunions and I don’t like to go back.”
Bones creator Hart Hanson, however, previously seemed open to the idea of following in the footsteps of fellow network series like 24 and Prison Break. “I think those things are always possible, and very desirable,” Hanson said.