“TV Line” — Someone get Christine an “I’m The Big Sister” T-shirt!
Fox’s Bones has formally decided to write star Emily Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy into the series’ storyline, TVLine has learned.
“We are so happy for Emily,” showrunner Stephen Nathan says in an exclusive statement to TVLine. “As before, rather than try to hide this from a sophisticated audience, we are integrating her pregnancy into the show.
“Booth and Brennan, like most couples today, will continue to work, play and catch murderers — maybe they’re unique in this respect — as their family grows,” Nathan continues. “As with most new situations that have arisen in 10 years, we feel that this can only enhance the show. Although I’m sure there will be a vocal group of fans eager to attack me, I hope they will be pleasantly surprised by what we have in store.”
Word on the creative decision came days after the actress’ rep confirmed that she and husband David Hornsby are expecting Baby No. 2.
Deschanel’s son, Henry, was born in 2011; his birth coincided with the Season 7 arrival of Brennan and Booth’s daughter, Christine.
“E! Online” — Congratulations are in order for Emily Deschanel!
The Bones star’s rep tells E! News exclusively that she and her It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia hubby David Hornsby are expecting their second child together. Their new little bundle of joy will join the couple’s son, Henry Hornsby, who was born in September 2011.
The duo’s exciting news also comes during a very special time for the TV actress, who will be celebrating the hit Fox series’ milestone 200th episode, airing on Dec. 11.
To congratulate Emily, co-star David Boreanaz and the rest of the cast on its amazing run, some of Fox’s biggest stars got together and made the most adorable video ever.
Of course, Emily’s sister and New Girl’s leading lady Zooey Deschanel, who has guest-starred on Bones as Brennan’s (Deschanel) cousin, made sure to get in on the fun as well and gave her well wishes in her usual quirky charm.
Don’t worry, when it comes to juggling parenthood with work, Emily seems to have a good system in place.
“I have a great nanny who is there with me all day, every day. [Henry] will come to set and hang out just off camera,” she once told Mom.Me.
“I can’t say he’s been silent the whole time, but I have a wonderful situation where I get to see my baby throughout the day, and I can’t imagine leaving him home at this point. But I know so many friends who have regular jobs and can’t take their baby to work, so I feel incredibly, incredibly lucky.”
Don’t forget to catch the 200th episode of Bones on Fox on Dec. 11!
“People” — Longtime vegan Emily Deschanel had a “life-changing” experience when she visited a Farm Sanctuary animal shelter for the first time.
“I had already known that farm animals have feelings and intellect, but then to really see them up close and spend time with these animals was pretty incredible,” the actress, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t realize how individual chickens could be, and the people who work there know each sheep by name from far away. They’re individual creatures who have their own little souls and personalities and quirks.”
Deschanel has been involved with the organization – which operates three shelters in addition to working to pass legislation for the humane treatment of farm animals – for the past eight years.
“Ten billion animals a year are killed for food in the United States alone,” she notes. “It’s insane. I’ve done different things for different animals, from primates to dogs and cats, but I really like to focus on [farm animals] because the numbers are so high and people aren’t as aware.”
It’s a passion she hopes to pass along to her 3-year-old son Henry, whom she has brought to visit Farm Sanctuary’s rescue shelters.
“I want him to be comfortable with these animals and aware of them and why we choose not to eat them,” says the Bones star. “To have compassion for these animals is a great place to start, and that’s what I love for my son to gain from spending time with these animals.”
“TV Line” — Bones may indeed outlive us all.
Fox has yet to order an 11th season of the venerable procedural, but there are indications that a renewal is not so much a question of if but when.
First off, the show (which is listed as a “sure thing” to return next fall in TVLine’s 2015 Renewal Scorecard) has been pulling decent Thursday numbers — a rare bright spot during a rough fall for the network. Additionally, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz — whose contracts are up this season — don’t seem anxious to head for the exit. Deschanel, in particular, is gung-ho to continue.
“I’m up for it, yeah,” she tells TVLine. “I feel like there’s still more to tell.”
The actress acknowledges that there are still a number of outstanding factors to be settled. “The network has to pick it up, for one,” she notes with a laugh. “And people have [expiring] contracts. But under certain circumstances, I would definitely consider [returning].”
Showrunner Stephen Nathan, meanwhile, agrees with Deschanel that Bones has not overstayed its welcome. “We don’t feel that the show lacks life or the characters lack places to go,” says the EP, adding that the Powers That Be at the network and studio “all seem to be telling us to keep going.” (Reporting by Vlada Gelman)
FOX has revealed their return dates for most of their returning shows in 2015. “Bones” is among the list and has been slated for a late Spring return, specifically Thursday, March 26th, 2015. It’s going to be a long wait, isn’t it?
“TV Line” — Bones — which airs its winter finale (aka Episode 200) on Dec. 11 — will be back on the schedule beginning Thursday, March 26 at 8/7c. At that point, American Idol will begin a once-a-week cycle — airing Wednesdays only, sans results-show telecast.