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May 28, 2015 | Articles

BONES: TJ Thyne on Season 10 and more – Exclusive Interview

The actor talks the 200th episode and the departure of John Francis Daley

by Abbie Bernstein

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BONES is heading toward the end of its tenth season Thursdays at 8 PM, but never fear. The series, developed by Hart Hanson from Kathy Reichs’ novels with Emily Deschanel as forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and David Boreanaz as her husband, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, will be back for Season 11.

TJ Thyne, who has been on BONES since the beginning as crime-solving entomologist Dr. Jack Hodgins, has seen his character go from rich single man to broke but absolutely happy married husband of lab artist/tech genius Angela (Michaela Conlin) and father of a little boy.

When Fox and FX Networks throw a party for their various series and the Television Critics Association, Thyne is delighted to spot cast members from one of his other favorite dramas, which will also be coming back next year.

TJ THYNE: I just saw Noah [Emmerich]. I was hoping the rest of the cast of THE AMERICANS was going to be here, because I’m so obsessed with that show. How good is Matthew Rhys? And Keri Russell. They’re so good.

AX: Well, it’s on FX, which is Fox’s sister network. Maybe you can guest on THE AMERICANS as a Russian spy. Can you do a Russian accent?

THYNE: I can start working on it tonight after you and I finish talking [laughs]. How cool would that be? That would be so neat. I would love that. I would do that in a second.

AX: In BONES’ two-hundredth episode, which aired in December, it was done as a sort of mini-Hitchcock thriller, with all of the regular cast playing different characters in the 1950s. David Boreanaz directed from a script by your exec producer Stephen Nathan. Instead of Hodgins, you played a Fifties paleontologist. How was it working on that episode?

THYNE: Well, we kept going back and forth. The tone of that episode was a big question mark for so many of us for so long. How broad were we going to go, how far could we go with it, or how subtle did we have to be? So it was great. David and Stephen Nathan did an excellent job of letting us know and pulling it in. So there was a lot of research, a lot of movies watched, but in the end, we just tried to find something broad enough that it’s fun, but not so much that it’s slapstick.

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