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The next new episode of Bones, The Devil in the Details, will have Josh Malina as a guest star. When Booth & Brennan investigate their case, they meet the character Dr. Copeland. But show creator Hart Hanson recently told Korbi at Zap2It that Josh may be a recurring character on the series.
He also gave some spoilers about which of the guest stars we’ve seen on Bones will return later this season and he even gives us a bit of information about the episode Kathy Reichs is writing.
It’s a rather long and very interesting interview, but here’s a short excerpt. You’ll want to go read it all, though.
Q: So, Hart, we know that Goodman won’t be returning for the 100th episode, but which old friends will we see?
Hart Hanson: We brought back Zack (Eric Millegan). [And] Caroline (Patricia Belcher) will be there.
Q: How are you going to bring Caroline into the episode, since Brennan and the squints met her on-screen earlier in the series?
HH: Well, she’s a federal prosecutor [now], so we just pretend that six years ago she was the federal prosecutor in DC [and we see her doing that].
Q: Two of your more frequent guest players, Ryan O’Neal and Stephen Fry, seem to be otherwise occupied right now, what with Ryan doing an arc on “90210″ and Stephen in seclusion for a bit. Did that alter any of your plans for this season?
HH: I know where [Stephen] is. He’s writing the second volume of his memoir and he needs three months [to finish it]. He’s hiding away somewhere to do it. So I don’t think we’ll have [him back this season]. But I talk to him fairly often — we’re writing something together [as well] — so if he says, okay, I’ll do it, then we will snap him up, because he’s Stephen Fry. He’s awesome. I think we’ll have Ryan O’Neal back at least once. We’d like to have him more. Every time he’s on the screen you go, oh my God, that’s Ryan O’Neal. He’s a huge movie star and he’s on our show.
Q: How about Cyndi Lauper? Will Avalon be returning anytime soon?
HH: Yep. We had her scheduled for the [101st] episode, [but] she’s unable to do that so we’re yanking that storyline out and the next time she’s available, we’ll yank [whatever else is going on] and put in her b-story. She’s awesome. And who’s better for a psychic than Cyndi Lauper? She’s perfect for our show.
Q: Kathy Reichs, author of the original Temperance Brennan book series, is going to be writing an episode this season, correct?
HH: We’ve got Kathy Reichs writing our second to last episode.
Q: How was that for her? The television Brennan is so vastly different than the character in her books.
HH: You know, Kathy came into the writers’ room where we beat out the forensic stories, and I thought, oh this is going to be a nightmare, she’s a novelist. I’ve worked with a few novelists and they’re used to doing what they want to do without a lot of voices. In a TV show, there are a million voices coming at you. But she adapted instantly, she was fabulous. The room beat out her story in two and a half/three days instead of a week. She’s so smart and she’s such a good writer, it’s going to be fun.
Q: And of course, your Twitter followers are very aware that Josh Malina is going to be in an upcoming episode. What can you tell us about his character?
HH: Yeah! Well what happened was — he’s in [the] bin of actors whom [I love], I’m a huge fan — But I have to admit that when I saw him on Twitter and he said something like we should work together and wait a minute, I don’t have a show but you do, I thought, I gotta get him on. And it just so happened that the next episode had a part open: The head of the loony bin. Not Zack’s loony bin, but another loony bin. And we don’t often have guest stars who can be seen throughout the whole episode. That’s just the way our show is, we move along and meet lots of people for a scene or two and that’s it. But [the head of the loony bin] is someone who we could use more, and I thought, perfect, because [Malina] plays pretty smart and he plays pretty appealing. And he’s a good suspect. It was great to have him on the show, he’s really good. Someone should give him a series.
Q: Could he possibly return to “Bones” for a second or third time?
HH: I hope so. Yes.
Be sure to read the entire interview here.