“To Unravel A Murder, You Have To Strip It To The Bone.”
“Bones” brings new element to the forensic investigating television series. Decades ago, who would have thought that a set of bones could uncover crimes?
The concept of the show was created during the latter part of the pitching season of 2004. 20th Century Fox approached series creator Hart Hanson and requested to come up with a forensic drama series.
Hanson then met Barry Josephson, an executive producer, who happened to have purchased the rights to produce a documentary on the forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs. After having an intensive discussion about the show, Hanson agreed to sign and write the pilot episode. Primarily, the storyline is based on the works of Kathy Reichs who is constantly consulted for the creation of each episode. To make Bones distinct from other crime investigating shows, Hanson decided to use both humor and character development profoundly.
A highly skillful forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, DC. She is often called to investigate crimes that are left unsolved by the CSI team. Brennan has the eerie ability to read clues in the victim’s bones. Although she excels on the field, her social life is quite impaired and she seems to know nothing about the pop culture. While most investigators can’t handle her prowess and her drive for truth, special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) of the FBI’s Homicide Investigations Unit and likewise a former Army sniper is an exception. Contrasting to Brennan’s analytical and objective approach in solving the mysteries of crimes, Booth prefers a more humane and interpersonal touch at work. Nevertheless, the two buddies make a formidable forensic tandem.
Vaguely dealing with the odds of the outside world and despite Brenna’s social awkwardness, she is most comfortable working with her equally brilliant colleagues at the Medico-Legal Lab at Jeffersonian’s. Angela Montenegro is Brennan’s best friend who always tries to take Brennan out of the lab. She is the team’s specialist in craniofacial reconstruction and has developed “The Angelator” to conjure up various crime scenarios; Dr. Zack Addy is a neophyte forensic anthropologist who is Brennan’s socially gauche associate; Dr. Jack Hodgins is an entomologist who is an expert on insects, spores and minerals. He is considered as one of the “more normal” characters in the team; Dr. Camille Saroyan is a pathologist and heading the Forensic Department at Jeffesonian Institute.
“Bones” is mostly shot in Los Angeles, California opposing the main setting of the fictional Jeffersonian Institute in Washing, DC. The external shots are filmed at the Natural History Museum in LA while the interior is a specially built studio at the 20th Century Fox in Century City, Los Angeles, CA.
On its premiere episode, the crime drama was anticipated by 10 million viewers. It was the highest ever prime time rating received by Fox since 24 premiered in 2001. The show has also received several accolades from different organizations in American entertainment industry. Critics have acclaimed Bones to be highly different from the traditional police procedural television shows.