BONES Teasers: Artificial Intelligence and Surprise Birthday Parties

Brennan is celebrating her birthday in this week’s BONES! The foremost forensic anthropologist is coming up on a milestone — her 40th birthday — while trying to solve a case involving artificial intelligence. Here are a few teasers about what to expect in this week’s episode.

Zack’s Shadow Remains. Zack’s declaration that he wasn’t guilty of murder is still hanging over Brennan’s head and when we begin this week’s BONES she’s re-examining the Lobbyist’s murder to figure out if she was wrong about Zack being the killer. It soon becomes clear that the show isn’t dropping the Zack storyline any time soon.

Surprise! Meanwhile, Brennan is also planning her own 40th surprise party, which Booth finds odd — after all, you’re not supposed to plan yourself a *surprise* party. Her father, Max, also stops by for the party and it looks like he’s hiding a secret. But how that will play out in the final season is something we’ll have to wait and see.

Raining On Their Parade. Daisy returns this week and asks Brennan to act as her reference for a very prestigious job. But Brennan throws some cold water on her chances, telling Daisy that she shouldn’t get her hopes up for the senior position since she’s so young. Daisy isn’t the only one insulted by Brennan — when Angel wins a MacArthur Fellowship (ie. a “Genius Grant”) award, Brennan is skeptical that Angela won such a prize before she did. Is Brennan suffering from a little bit of envy?

AI. The case of the week involves the death of a man who created artificial intelligence bots to help autistic children. His co-workers quickly point to a group who think that the robo-pocalypse is coming and that AI will enslave the human race. Apparently the victim — as much of a genius that he was — also loved to troll and bait those members, who think that the government will weaponize these bots.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES tonight (January 10) on Fox at the special time of 9:30 p.m. after President Obama’s farewell address.

BONES: Booth and the Squints Search for Brennan in the Season 12 Premiere

The final season of BONES picks up exactly where last season’s finale left off: Brennan has been captured by her former colleague Zack, insinuating that he has once again been found out as a killer. Brennan immediately demands that Zack let her go, but he insists that he’s the boss now and he has things he needs to tell her.

Here are a few teasers about what’s to come in the season 12 premiere:

A Desperate Search. Cam is the one who realizes that Brennan and her captor could still be in the Jeffersonian, while Hodgins and Wendell try to follow her trail using Hodgins’ equipment. In one of the photos above you can see Brennan holding out her hands to stop Booth, so it’s clear that Booth finds Zack. But when he does you won’t believe what Zack claims. All it not what it seems. And what Zack tells Brennan makes her doubt everything she believes even though everyone else is convinced of Zack’s culpability.

The Interrogation. Aubrey is the one who interrogates Zack after his arrest and big chunks of Zack’s recent backstory is filled in. Surprisingly, his connection to the Jeffersonian is not as severed as we had suspected and Zack’s relationship with Booth is also made clear. Both revelations shock the team but Booth is eventually forced to examine his own belief with regards to Zack’s guilt.

Hodgins’ Pain. The good doctor continues to have spasms in his legs and Angela makes a discovery about Hodgins’ treatment that leads to a shocking revelation for him. As a result he confronts his old co-worker and his chance at mobility again.

Karen’s Return. The FBI agent returns in time to help with the current case and she becomes convinced that the killer has Dissociative Identity Disorder. She also has a novel plan to expose the killer. Later, the discovery of another victim helps break the case wide open.

By the end of the episode Zack’s present and past criminal deeds will have been addressed and it’s clear that this long-gone character has not been forgotten as the show enters its final season.

Don’t miss the season premiere of BONES on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Final Season Preview: How Will It End?

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Twelve years after BONES premiered, the show is preparing to say goodbye. The upcoming season will be the show’s last and now Fox has released the first preview for the season. We open with Booth vowing to get Brennan back. She’s been kidnapped by Zack Addy, a former squint-turned-criminal mastermind.

Not a lot is known about the final season, but Fox has this to say: “The 12-episode run will celebrate the long-running comedic procedural beloved by millions of fans around the world, and bring the storylines of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close, allowing the show’s loyal fans to say goodbye to these indelible characters. The final 12 episodes will feature special surprises, including the return of fan-favorite characters, as the countdown to the finale begins.”

BONES returns with new episodes on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES: Final Season to Premiere in January

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BONES is coming to an end with its upcoming twelfth season and today Fox announced that the show will be returning on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:01-10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The 12-episode run will celebrate the inventive series and bring the storylines of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close, allowing the show’s loyal fans to say goodbye to these indelible characters. Throughout the final chapter, fans will see the return of fan-favorite guest stars and squinterns, as well as an old flame from one of the team’s past. Fans also will experience a wedding, follow an epic serial killer storyline, go undercover in a lumberjack competition and see Booth and Brennan’s marriage get put to the test. As always, new guest stars will be introduced, as well as a final round of gory murders, from which brand-new investigations will arise.

“From the very first season, BONES was called ‘The Little Engine That Could.’ So we could not be prouder of ending up as FOX’s longest-running scripted drama,” said creator and executive producer Hart Hanson. “And we got there because of an insanely loyal, loud, lovely, lively audience.”

“We’ve loved working on BONES and are so excited to bring our fans this final season,” said executive producers and showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson. “After 12 years on the air, it’s an honor to be able to write the exciting and meaningful ending, which the show deserves.”

NCIS Showrunner Gary Glasberg Dies At 50: Our Thoughts

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Millions of people lost a good friend yesterday. They may not have known his face, but they knew his heart.

Gary Glasberg, Executive Producer/Showrunner of NCIS and Executive Producer/Creator of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS passed away in his sleep on Wednesday.

It is no secret to readers that Glasberg has been my favorite television writer for many years. He had the ability to make me laugh and cry (occasionally at the same time) with a mere sentence.

Gary made the values of loyalty, trust and honor “acceptable” in a world full of uncertainty. His words gave us hope and faith in people when events made us doubt each other.

We responded to his craftsmanship by expanding the show’s loyal following. Joining NCIS in its seventh season, Glasberg helped guide the franchise flagship to become the most-watched television drama in the world.

“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for NCIS, CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg,” CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller said in a statement. “We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife, Mimi, his two sons and all his family and friends.”

Glasberg was married to producer Mimi Schmir (GREY’S ANATOMY) for twenty years and they have two sons. Born in New York, Glasberg began his career writing comic books and for animation. Before joining NCIS, Glasberg brought his talents to many television shows, notably THE MENTALIST, CROSSING JORDAN and BONES.

“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight,” the NCIS cast and crew said in a statement released by CBS. “NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”

Glasberg was only 50-years-old, yet he managed to provide us with a lifetime of memories.

Fair Winds, Following Seas and Semper Fi, Gary. You have our admiration, our loyalty, our smiles and our tears.

BONES Comic-Con Panel: The Stars and Producers Tease the Final Season

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BONES stars Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance Brennan), David Boreanaz (FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth), TJ Thyne (Dr. Jack Hodgins), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Tamara Taylor (Dr. Camille Saroyan) and John Boyd (FBI Agent James Aubrey) — as well as executive producers Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson — took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con for the last time to tease season 12 (a.k.a. the final season).

Thursday’s season finale revealed that Zack seemed to be involved in the Puppeteer serial killer storyline. Was he the killer or is he involved in another way? The season 12 premiere will serve as a continuation of the last season finale. The good news is that Michael confirmed that everyone in attendance at the panel would not die. But the bad news is that he said two other characters we’ve seen in the past will die in the final season.

Other highlights from the panel include:

  • When asked about Brennan turning to psychology in the season finale, the producers said that was all about life and death. She won’t be softening her general attitude towards psychology going forward.
  • “You asked for it and we brought him back,” Michael said about Zack Addy. “We’re going to try to bring him back for three to four more episodes” because there is still a story to be told about him.
  • There’s more to come for Cam and Arastoo. “I thought the writers were going to cheat me out of a wedding, but it sounds like they are going to [go through with it],” Tamara teased.
  • TJ is feeling pretty confident about Hodgins and Angela’s future, despite the turmoil after Hodgins was paralyzed. “I think Jack and Angela will always make it,” TJ said.
  • Another undercover episode is coming! “It’s a world we’ve never been in [but it’s one] that I think only Booth and Bones can do justice to,” the producers said about a special season 12 episode.
  • How do they want the show to end? “Hopefully not in death,” Emily said. She wants a bit of happiness in the end for the characters and for Brennan to continue growing.
  • A lot is going to happen to the characters at a “faster pace” in the final season, the producers teased. There’s only 12 more episodes left, so expect the story to play out at an accelerated pace.
  • As a final tidbit for BONES fans, the producers that in episode 11 of season 12, you will find out what the long-appearing ‘447’ means in the show.

BONES will return at mid-season (in early 2017) for the final season on Fox.

BONES Teasers: The Team Tries to Catch a Thief — and a Killer — in “The Jewel In the Crown”

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Aubrey is in heaven on this week’s BONES when the victim leads them to a jewelry heist and international nobility. The victim of the week is found in a glass recycling plant and she just so happens to have a 2 carat diamond worth $30,000 lodged in her tooth. Here’s what you can expect from this week’s episode:

Diamond Conspiracies. The diamond found on the victim — which helpfully had a serial number on it —  is actually from a dagger. A dagger that is a replica of a very famous historical weapon and is very expensive on its own. And it was recently stolen, which thrills Aubrey to no end because he’s always wanted to play cat and mouse with a jewel thief.

The De Chaussin Family and the French Authorities. Just as Hodgins discovers that the victim is from France, in walks Inspecter Rousseau to the lab. He’s been pursuing a jewel thief for a while now and he’s convinced that a Marquis (descended from Louis XIV) is both the jewel thief and the killer — and he’s the victim’s husband as well. But the FBI doesn’t really want Rousseau’s help. Instead, Aubrey jumps right into the investigation and learns that bad investments have really affected the Marquis’ family money, but it hasn’t stopped his spending habits. Did he kill his wife and steal jewels?

Related: Watch sneak peeks from “The Jewel in the Crown”

A Ghostly Visitor? Hodgins is confused by what’s happening around him at first when things start falling and moving around him. He thinks there was a tremor, but no one else in the lab feels signs of an earthquake. Later, a trash can falls over on its own and Daisy suggests that he’s being haunted. But Hodgins, for all of his belief in alien conspiracies, isn’t open to the possibility that ghosts are real. As we later learn, something much bigger is going on here.

Vision Problems. Booth thinks that his vision is blurry in the morning because he had a few too many beers the night before, but Brennan points out that booze doesn’t work like that and thinks he should call an eye doctor. Booth resists all of her claims that something could be wrong. After all, he’s had perfect vision his whole life, which is what allowed him to be an expert marksman. But Aubrey pushes him when Booth’s condition worsens and it leads to Booth in a pair of glasses (see below!)

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES tonight (July 14) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

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BONES Sneak Peeks: Diamonds, the French Nobility and Ghosts, Oh My!

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BONES gets noble in this week’s episode. Or, more specifically, the case of the week involves the French nobility.

A body is discovered at a glass recycling plant in “The Jewel of the Crown”, but everyone is very surprised to find a diamond lodged in the skeleton’s jaw. Enter French Inspector Rousseau (guest star Sebastian Roche), who is convinced he knows who the culprit is: Marquis De Chaussin (guest star Gilles Marini). It turns out that the Marquis is the  husband of the victim and lives in Virginia. But did he kill his wife?

Elsewhere in the episode, Hodgins experiences some strange occurrences around the lab and starts to think that a ghost is following him around (despite his initial skepticism that ghosts even exist) and Booth suffers from a temporary eye illness.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES on Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

BONES Sneak Peeks: An Investigation Through the Eyes of a Documentary Crew

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You’re going to see a very different type of episode tonight, BONES fans. A documentary crew follows Brennan, Booth, and the Jeffersonian/FBI team on a case in order to make a TV segment on the Jeffersonian’s Medico-Legal lab. The case involves the murder of a corpse uncovered in a landfill that was dumped there more than 10 years ago.

Arastoo returns as a consultant as the squints get to work uncovering evidence. Cam is determined to keep her personal life from the cameras, so she and Arastoo are awkward around one another. We also see Brennan show up at Christine’s class for a career’s presentation and she’s very forthcoming about her work (even bringing along visual aids), which leads to some hilarious reactions from the kids. There’s also an ongoing argument between Booth and Brennan about what Christine will be when she grows up. And visually, you’ll get to see behind the scenes moments of the squints working that we don’t always see in normal episodes.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES tonight (June 2) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments from “The Strike in the Chord”

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Hey, Bones fans! Okay, some of the Bones cold opens have been really gross, but a bunch of rats feasting on a corpse was not the best after-dinner vision. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

Parker Exists!
Well, sort of. It’s the middle of the night for B&B, and they Skype with Parker in London, It seems Booth has planned an adventure for the two of them hiking the Appalachian trail. As they start to talk about it, Parker says his ride is there early to take him to school. So much for family bonding time. Parker also manages to look super uncomfortable even with only ten seconds of conversation.
The cause for all of the awkwardness is discovered in Parker’s Skype call to Brennan. Goodness but she’s suddenly the go-to sensitive and understanding one. Anyway, he got into this awesome creative writing program at Oxford, and he doesn’t know how to tell Dad he’d rather do that. He enlists Brennan for help. It’s kind of cute how he consistently calls her Bones.
She does tell Booth who seems to not understand why Parker would throw away a summer of fun to do work. But Booth does come around when he sees a sample of Parker’s writing and declares it better than Brennan’s, who of course disagrees. He also says life is to be enjoyed. When Brennan asks if he’s worried Parker will turn out like her, he says if that happens, he’ll be the proudest dad ever. Awww…

New Squintern Sammy Mills?
Things do not go well from the start. She seems star-struck and only parrots back what Brennan says by rephrasing it in simpler terms. I must say Brennan is hugely patient and does try to draw her out in ways that don’t insult her but basically tells Mills to get a mind of her own.

The situation is further complicated when Mills jumps to a conclusion. Rut roh. Hodgins tries to warn her, but Mills announces proudly “I found cause of death!” as she waves around the bone. Brennan is going to lose it on her soon. And sure enough when all she does is kiss butt, Brennan again has to remind her to have an original thought.

When she does get one, she calls Cam to tell her. Sammy hasn’t even seen the worst of Brennan. And maybe she never will. Brennan points out a number of mistakes she made, said it delayed the progress of the investigation, and she’s fired.

Surprisingly, Brennan’s not horribly cruel about it and when Mills cries, puts an arm around her and says There, there” even if it is stilted and awkward. Hodgins and Angela try to go to bat for Sammy, since she cleaned up around the lab during her work-study program and they considered her a friend, but it’s no use. I’m with Brennan on this one. I don’t even know how they would put Sammy in a lab with Brennan, since I probably could have done a better job, and she’s not known to suffer fools gladly. Bye, Sammy!

Corpse of the Week
He’s Scott Hill, a sophomore.

Cam is pretty excited to be at the Lynwood University bio lab, and since it doesn’t have to do with food or video games, Aubrey has his serious face on to remind Cam they’re on the job. And, ew! I guess the rats ate themselves to bursting while feasting on Scott. Is there an eating disorder program for the poor critters?

But the answer might lie in that they were being starved for Pavlovian conditioning, so the killer thought it would be a good body dump location. This is getting grosser by the minute. And after Cam makes a crack about how the sound of a bell can make rats do pretty much anything due to their tiny little brains, all of the teams’ phones go off, and they hurriedly grab them to take a look. WAH WAH. At least they seem to understand the irony.

When Booth and Aubrey visit Scott’s roomie, McKay, and he’s told Scott’s dead, his “That’s awful” doesn’t even have the emotion you’d summon for describing a bad meal. But he has finals, you know, so he has more important things on his mind. Apparently they didn’t get in each other’s way, since Scott spent all of his time with The Whippersnaps, which Aubrey identifies as an a cappella group.

When Aubrey shows off his research skills regarding The Whippersnaps, for some reason Booth turns into a luddite who announces the Internet is for social idiots, while the art of bowling is for people on a higher plane…because Aubrey looked up facts about the case they’re working on. So…what’s your point, Booth?

Anyway, A&B enter the Whipperspace where the group is practicing a lovely rendition of “After Midnight.” But when they’re done the leader, Jake, goes on a power trip, while others point out he needs to get his diva hand under control. Ummm…simmer down, guys.

Booth breaks up the slamfest with his shiny shield. Seems Jakey took Scott’s place, and once Scott’s name is mentioned, the two guys Jake was screaming at, Ted and Julian, both immediately accuse Jake of murder.

So, poor Scott can’t get any love, as the guys in his group promptly forgot about him five minutes after he was gone, what with the National Collegiate A Cappella Competition coming up, they don’t have time for this murder stuff. Why is nobody at least concerned for their own safety amid all of this self-centeredness?
By the way, Aubrey is fanboying all over the place, so we can add a cappella singing to his list of stuff he loses his mind over, and maybe he can stop looking down on Cam.

Jake also didn’t have time to report Scott missing and just stepped in to take his place. Plus, Scott dying is a real inconvenience, since they lost a tenor right before nationals.

Was Scott a horrible person, or was it everyone he surrounded himself with?

Jake turns A&B onto Ian Johnson, Scott’s ex-best friend and member of the Whippersnaps until Scott kicked him out. Ian was a legacy, I guess, since his dad was not only a part of the Whippersnaps but a former director. He’s now a lawyer and insists on being present for the interrogation of Ian.

Ian says Scott kicked him out of the group, because he wasn’t cutting it, but after hearing Ian’s voice, I can say Scott was either tone deaf or had some nefarious shenanigans going on. Aubrey agrees. Ian goes on to say that Scott was keeping secrets.

If you might have guessed, Aubrey knows more about this singing stuff than just looking it up on the internet. He whisper-confesses to Angela he used to sing a cappella in college in a way others might admit to something much more embarrassing they did during their college years. But, you know, he has a manly rep to protect. Anyway, as a result of his musical knowledge, he’s able to identify the arrangements Scott was doing were original and amazing and not at all having to do with the Whippersnaps’ current arrangements. He convinces Angela that whatever Scott was going through, will show up in his music.

Sure enough, they find a For Liz playlist and capture footage of Scott and Liz going into a closet together. A&B go to visit Liz, and aaaand…suddenly I’m in the movie Pitch Perfect with a female group, The Ginger Snaps, singing a cappella, only with gyrations. Also, that closet action wasn’t as sexy as it sounds. Aubrey realizes those arrangements were for Liz. Scott wanted her to join their group, which is why he kicked out Ian. Seems she could hit a note Ian couldn’t. Scott wanted more press at nationals and figured the novelty of the first girl to join the Whippersnaps would get them attention.

So, this meant they were both screwing over their respective groups. Not only that, but a month previously, Scott and five other members of the Whippersnaps came down with an unidentifiable strep-like infection that was created in the lab at the university.

A member of the Gingersnaps, Esther, is a research fellow at the lab. She apparently added a secret disease ingredient to her lip gloss and set about kissing multiple members of the Whippersnaps but knew nothing of Liz’s defection. She just wanted the awesome gigs they were getting. She goes on to say that even if Scott wanted to have Liz join the group, the bylaws prohibit it. When Aubrey points out that as director Scott would have been able to change them, he’s corrected. Ian’s father, the head of the Whippersnap Alumni Foundation, is the only one who could do that.

Anyway, Esther used her best “negotiation tactics” on Mr. Johnson, because she wanted to become a Whippersnap, and by that I’m sure she means she used everything in her seduction arsenal. But Mr. Johnson wasn’t having it.

Mr. J does admit to manhandling Scott, because he threatened to change the name of the group to the WHIPPERSNAPPERS if Mr. J didn’t make Liz part of their group. Oh, the horror! But that’s as far as it went. Sooo…Mr. J directs them back to Julian and Ted. You remember them, right? Anyway, they were more qualified to become director, but Scott blackmailed them about buying term papers.

The arrest of Julian and Ted brings on Julian’s lament that he cried at the end of Legally Blonde 2, so no way could he be a murderer. The interrogation includes blubbering and babbling, and how awesome Scott was as a director, so it worked out for the best. Hey, Scott even shared his anti-anxiety meds with Julian! Anyway, the ladder in the Whipperspace practice room doesn’t match the marks on Scott, so they get to sing another day.

Solving the Case
Hodgins finds traces of meteorite in Scott’s skull. As it turns out, Scott’s “distraught” roomie, McKay, is an astrophysics major with a focus on geology. It’s always the quiet ones, right? So, McKay was the one on the anti-anxiety meds. He had a presentation to give for the astronomy fellowship and needed his meds, but since Scott had stolen them, he had a full-on panic attack and lost the fellowship. He threw the meteorite at Scott’s head, Scott stumbled, grabbed bookcase, and it fell on him and killed him. But instead of calling the police, McKay made the guy rat food.

Cranky Hodgins is Back
Oh boy. Seems Hodgins secretly contacted a surgeon, Emil Hoffman, who is doing experimental surgery for nerve regeneration. If you were expecting Angela to jump for joy over this news, you’d be wrong. And it’s unfortunate we get a glimpse of the belligerent, jerky Hodgins we’ve been seeing for the past few weeks. He’s upset Angela isn’t happy for him and announces it’s his decision alone to make.

Angela finds out that one of Dr. Hoffman’s patients died in surgery. During this whole time, Hodgins has been bottle feeding and taking amazing care of the surviving rats, even giving them a luxurious condo. Angela points out that he cares more for the rats than himself, and the other ones all died because they were poked and prodded, so does he want to do the same to himself? Hodgins does come to his senses and agrees with her, so it took him a shorter time to go back to his old self. WHEW.

In the end, Booth gathers everyone to his house. He has a video tape? of Aubrey at the 2001 National Collegiate A Cappella Championship, courtesy of Mr. Johnson. I guess since Booth is old school he might own a VCR (look it up, kids). Any self-respecting luddite would. Aubrey has hair up to the ceiling and a really nice bowtie. They all rib him good-naturedly.

And so closes another Bones chapter. See you next episode!