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Laura Spencer Doubles Her Success In 'Big Bang Theory' And 'Bones'

November 19th, 2014 12:05pm EST
Laura Spencer Doubles Her Success In 'Big Bang Theory' And 'Bone
What's better than a recurring part on one hit TV show? How about recurring parts on two hit TV shows?

That's what's happened for actress Laura Spencer, who not only plays Raj's girlfriend Emily Sweeney on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, but also wears the lab coat of intern Jessica Warren on FOX's Bones. That means on any given Thursday, more than 20 million TV viewers could be seeing her.

We caught up with Laura last week to get a little dish on each series, talk about how she pulls off double duty, and ask her how she's going to program her DVR on Thursday nights.

After all, what's a girl ...

‘Bones’ Season 10 Premiere: Let’s Talk About That Shocking Death [Spoilers]

September 26th, 2014 2:36pm EDT
‘Bones’ Season 10 Premiere: Let’s Talk About That Shocking Death
The return of fall TV is leaving a lot of bodies behind. First “Chicago Fire” said farewell to a beloved character, and now “Bones” just bid adieu to another adored character in last night’s Season 10 premiere.

Obviously, spoilers follow, so read at your own risk.

Which fan-favorite “Bones” character said goodbye? It was none other than Dr. Lance Sweets, played by John Francis Daley. Can you believe it? After starring in seven seasons of the hit FOX show alongside Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, Daley exited the series.

Here’s what happened. Not only did we see the reunion of Sweet...

Spoiler Alert! 'Supernatural,' 'Gotham,' 'Once Upon A Time' & More

July 28th, 2014 2:10pm EDT
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For fangirls and fanboys, Christmas arrives not in December, but in July in the form of the San Diego Comic-Con. The annual geekfest was held this weekend and spoilers for the upcoming television season blitzkrieged starstruck fans. Here are 7 Comic-Con spoilers you need to know for "Supernatural","Sleepy Hollow", and more...

Demon Dean Is Coming. For those gobsmacked "Supernatural" fans who thought the shocker final seconds of the season 9 finale that revealed Dean (Jensen Ackles) reborn as a demon was just a season-ending fake-out may want to brace...

'Bones' Season 9 Finale: Upping The Ante

May 20th, 2014 11:42am EDT
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Bones outdid itself in its Season 9 finale with an episode that indeed changes everything, as the producers promised, and was one of the most exciting hours in the history of the series.

Bones bursting in and saving Booth with her gun was one of the all-time best scenes in the series, period. And Booth and Bones taken into custody in the hospital was one for the books (more on that - and the government conspiracy - in a moment).

First, I'm wondering why Booth didn't even make an attempt to get some military buddies into his fight with the Delta Force commandos sent to kill him. I get comp...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 23: The New Intern

May 13th, 2014 7:38am EDT
A perfect Bones 9.23, in all kinds of ways.

First, the little intros at the beginning of just about every episode - where the victim is discovered - are always enjoyable. Tonight's was one of the best, and a great little story in itself. Indeed, I'd like to know about the mother who had planned to put her daughter in the well, get a ton of publicity and money, but fell in herself, with her little girl removing the ladder. An appealingly crazy little family.

Next, the new intern, Jessica Warren, is a great addition. She's cute, brilliant, impulsive, and even a little reminiscent of Bon...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 22: Promotion

April 22nd, 2014 1:22am EDT
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Well, Bones didn't keep us hanging on too long about the fingernail aka ghost serial killer this season. The case was broken open and solved in tonight's solid episode 9.22.

Along the way, we get some more good shots not only at the mega-rich, but against the government that all too easily marches to their tune. Bones does take place in Washington, DC, and episodes that involve politicians are always welcome.

Our central characters all performed to good effect, too. Sweets and Caroline are always at their best when they stand up to authority, and it was especially good to see Caroline wit...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 21: Freezing and Thawing

April 15th, 2014 10:15am EDT
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A strong triple-threat Bones 9.21, with a great case, and two relationships pitched into interesting and important developments.

The case begins with the mystery of how a dead body can be composed of pieces that apparently died at three different times. The solution involves cryogenics - the freezing of bodies and brains for later revival, at a time when we can do that, and, in the case of the frozen brain, construct a body to go with it, too. This is not science fiction -- not the freezing part, in any case, which has been occurring in labs around the world for years. When you inject ...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 20: Above the Law

April 8th, 2014 7:17am EDT
A philosophically profound Bones 9.20, which tackles the issue of whether there's a more ethical course of action possible than just following the law. The occasion is Wendell's use of marijuana as part of his cancer treatment, and the reaction of our major characters is instructive.

First, to give some historical context, Socrates famously drank the hemlock and died, accepting the death sentence of the Athenian court, when given a chance to escape by his old friend Crito. According to Plato's account, Socrates said that although he may relentlessly criticize the state, he would never pu...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 19: The Cornucopic Urn

April 1st, 2014 7:07am EDT
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Bones 9.19 was a classic anthropological mystery - in other words, it had all the elements that Bones does best.

It starts with evidence that would have stymied any other forensic team: ashes in an urn. How can people used to looking at bones make anything of these contents? Fortunately, the crematorium did a sloppy job, leaving all kinds of bone fragments in the mix. But I have feeling Bones and company would have cracked this case even if the urn of ashes had come from the best crematorium in the world.

And, indeed, the urn and its contents and wonders they point to turn out to be c...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 18: Meets Day of the Triffids

March 25th, 2014 12:12am EDT
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Sweets says something about Invasion of the Body Snatchers early in Bones 1.18, but the scientific part of this funny episode of Bones has more in common with Day of the Triffids, in which plants gone wild, either genetically engineered (or whatever they called that back in the 1950s) or of alien origin, come close to destroying humanity. In Bones, it's kudzu, which certainly has jeopardized many a garden, and in this case is growing at a feverish rate around a corpse.

Meanwhile, speaking of corpses, Dr. Edison has made like Bones and has written a forensic murder mystery, except in Edison...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 17: Spartacus In The Kitchen

March 18th, 2014 7:55am EDT
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A good mix of ingredients on Bones 9.17, including a new Cuban intern, a classic fight in the kitchen, and an even more classic - at least, for Bones - battle of religion versus science.

The new intern is brilliant, charming, and handsome Rodolfo, who headed his own forensic team in Cuba. Angela's drooling over him, Cam is smitten but is more circumspect, and even Bones finds him attractive, though of course she can't admit it. In fact, when he makes a pass at her - I haven't heard that phrase in a while, so I figured I'd use it - Bones threatens to send him packing back to Cuba. It's alw...

Bones Season 9 Episode 16: Lampreys, Professors, And Insurance Companies

March 11th, 2014 8:49am EDT
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Good to have Bones 9.16 back, with a story that connected on all fronts, including sharp detective work, strong science, moral justice, and nice jabs at everything ranging from insurance companies to professors who sit on orals committees, who come to think of it have a lot a common.

The show starts off with a victim not from Silk Road - not the underground, dark Internet marketplace that our FBI in real life may have put out of business - but the Silk Road, or the general area of the world which her features identify her as inhabiting. Or, as Daisy put it, she came from one of the Stans,...

'Bones' 9.14: 'You Cannot Drink Your Glass Away'

January 24th, 2014 11:37pm EST
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The most profound line in Bones 9.14 tonight comes from a chess mentor who tells Sweets: "You cannot drink your glass away."  The mentor says it's supposed to be an old Russian saying.  I have no idea if it is - nothing comes up when you Google it, except a page in which the word "glass" does not even appear.  But it's a great saying, I think, anyway, because it embodies Bertrand Russell's Theory of Logical Types, which, among other things, helps us understand that a container is different from things it contains.   A glass contains liquid, and that's what we drink away or consume, not the ...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 13: Meets Nashville, And Wendell

January 17th, 2014 11:47pm EST
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An unusually powerful Bones 9.13  - with barely a drop of humor (Booth's mention of "My Sharona" as an example of a lyric with a woman's name would be the most memorable) - and a secondary story so serious and memorable that it became, in effect, the primary story.

The primary story on Bones is usually the case.  It concerned the murder of a musician vastly more famous in the Philippines than he was in his own United States.  If this fame twilight zone sounds familiar, that's because it's actually the true story of Sixto Rodriguez, more famous than Elvis in South Africa, with an album sell...

'Bones' Season 9 Episode 12: Fingernails

January 12th, 2014 8:41am EST
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Bones was back with its first episode of 2014 - 9.12 - with an excellent story that cleared the table and set the agenda for the rest of the season and maybe beyond.

Serial killers are commonplace on television.  Criminal Minds specializes in them, The Following specializes in at least one of them, and most shows dealing with police and crime usually have at least one or two serial killers per season.  Bones, of course, has had no shortage of them, with Pelant being the last one in evidence.

But leave it to Bones to come with an original way of setting up its next serial killer narrative:...

7 Spoilers You Need To Know: 'Person Of Interest,' 'Supernatural,' 'HIMYM' And More...

January 7th, 2014 3:00pm EST
Person Of Interest
If the first week of 2014 has been anything, it's frigid.  Most of the nation is enduring the polar vortex, so it's a blessing that most shows are returning from their holiday hiatuses.  Now we have something entertaining to do while we hunker down in blankets.  Here are seven spoilers you need to know on "Person Of Interest," “Supernatural" and more...

It can always get worse.  If you thought the Carter's stunning death was this season's rock bottom, think again. EP Jonah Nolan ominously warns: "As taxing, difficult and ultimately lethal as the battle [with HR] was, that was just the ...

'Bones' 9.11 Review: Angels In Equations

December 6th, 2013 10:04pm EST
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A remarkably beautiful Bones 9.11, in which Bones finally finds a meaning of angels - they're in the mathematical equations that a "freakoid" (Booth's word) genius physicist (perfectly played by Richard Schiff) writes on the blackboard, to describe the soaring life of his recently murdered daughter.

If this sounds like both more powerful and sophisticated stuff than usually found on television, that would be right.  Bones always flirts with what it means for Bones to be a genius and therefore apart from most other people in the world, including Booth.   But we get to see that genius in bot...

'Bones' Review 9.10: Horse Pucky

November 23rd, 2013 10:25am EST
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Another funny Bones last night - episode 9.10 - that features of mixture of human and horse meat in a stew served to kids in school.   That's not funny you say?  Well, you had to see it, and the opener did have the uplifting moral of a bully getting his comeuppance.

But once we get beyond the horsing around about the horse and even worse in the stew - and this, by the way, is why I'm right there with Caroline in only eating "free range," and in fact I rarely order stew in restaurants even if the components are indeed free range - but once we get beyond that, we get a pretty important story...

'Bones' 9.9: Friday Night Bones In The Courtroom

November 16th, 2013 10:46am EST
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A fine, different kind of Bones last night - episode 9.9, debuting at the new time, Friday night - which brings us Bones not just in the courtroom but on a jury.

Bones' personality and the reaction of the jurors provides the comic relief to a story that comes with a rock-hard ethical dilemma:  do you find someone not guilty, when you feel in your bones that the guy is guilty, because there's not sufficient evidence?  Bones as a woman of science of course insists on deciding solely on the basis of the evidence, and her logic eventually sways the jury.   But we and she know that a murderer i...

'Bones' 9.8 Review: The Bug In The Neck

November 12th, 2013 10:26am EST
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Bones 9.8 gives us one of the significant Hodgins episodes in quite some time - at once instructive, repellant, and endearing - as we discover that he has elected to offer his neck for the propagation of one of those bugs he so loves.

What makes this even more interesting is that the bug - a special kind of bot fly from South America that uses its human host to propagate - has nothing to do with the case at hand, or "the dude in the dam".  So this Hodgins story is a standalone tale, in which Bones the series serves as host to the little Hodgins narrative, much Hodgins' neck serves as host ...

'Bones' Review 9.7: Watch Out, Buenos Aires

November 5th, 2013 9:34am EST
A nice light Bones 9.7 last night as we found our newly married couple on their honeymoon in Buenos Aires.  But as is always the case with Bones, there's profundity undergirding the frivolity and making for an altogether satisfying episode.

Bones of course can't resist getting involved in a bones case in Buenos Aires, and Booth's resistance melts with the flattery he receives from the many who recognize his greatness in Argentina.  How does that happen?  Well, we're treated to another episode in which Bones' work as an author of forensic science detective fiction figures in the story - nov...

'Bones' Review 9.6: The Wedding

October 22nd, 2013 10:19am EDT
Well, the producers pulled out all the stops for Bones and Booth's wedding in episode 9.6 last night - the whole family (except Booth's brother Jared and Bones' brother Russ), all the interns (except, of course, Zack Addy), and all the great musical talent (except Angela's father Billy Gibbons of  ZZ Top).

Ok - I guess there was no reason that Gibbons would have been at the wedding, and Zack Addy's in some psych ward in a prison - but they could have had a hologram or something of him.   My point is why come close to completeness and leave it just a few people short?  Jared and Russ defin...

'Bones' Recap 9.5: V.A.L. And Deep Blue

October 15th, 2013 11:01am EDT
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As we get just a week away from the wedding of Bones and Booth that millions  have been waiting for, we get a good solid episode of Bones - 9.5 - which features, among other things, a crime-solving computer program.

V.A.L. is the latest incarnation of a thought we've had in popular culture for quite some time now: can a computer program replace a human, as a chess-player, medical doctor, and now a medical-crime detective.

The character most put off by V.A.L.'s insertion in our team is Sweets, who sees the threat to his role as the profiler on the show.  Speaking of Sweets, though, what ha...

'Bones' Review 9.4: Metaphysics Of Death In A Television Series

October 9th, 2013 9:05am EDT
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Bones 9.4 checked in last night with the best episode of the season so far - and one of the best episodes in the overall series.

The episode had everything - a puzzle featuring the evil genius Pelant, getting the better of our heroes, as always, for most of the hour.  But getting his just desert in the end - an apparently fatal bullet from Booth, even though Bones at first was wanting Booth not to kill their nemesis.

Speaking of desserts - with two s's - Sweets was back in this episode, too.  And the coming attractions show him back again next week.  Which makes his departure from the sho...

'Bones' 9.3 And 'NCIS' 11.2: Sweets and Ziva

October 2nd, 2013 4:06pm EDT
John Francis Daley in Bones
What do Lance Sweets and Ziva David have in common, you might ask?  Certainly Ziva has never made an appearance on Bones - she's not even on the same network.  But Sweets and Ziva both took leaves from their respective shows this week - Sweets from Bones, Ziva from NCIS - and both series will likely be poorer for it.

The exits of both were handled very well. Sweets wants to work in a precinct of psychology that doesn't entail shooting guns and grilling suspects.   Ziva is put in touch with how every bad person she kills - however justified - leaves innocent loved ones grieving.  In both st...

'Bones' Season 9 Premiere: The Sweet Misery Of Love

September 17th, 2013 10:41am EDT
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I'd forgotten how infuriating the end of Bones season 8 was before the summer, but I remembered as soon as tonight's excellent episode of the new season of Bones - 9.1 - began.  Pelant told Booth that he'd kill Bones if they married.  Booth took the point and called it off, until he could hunt Pelant down.

That decision didn't make much sense to me then, and makes just maybe a little more sense to me now, but still not all that much.  To the answer of why can't Booth just tell Bones what's going on - in some place free of any telecom or digital equipment, like any beach not close to a home...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On FOX

September 7th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
New Girl
We've reached the end of the 2013 Fall TV Preview.

BONES returns Monday, September 16 at 8PM

Booth and Bones find a friend in the priesthood. The priest will help counsel the couple. Oh, he's an ex-priest now working as a bartender. A wedding's in the works for Bones and Booth. Apparently, the wedding will happen. I've found absolutely nothing about Bones solving murders. The early going of the season seems focused on romance.

NEW GIRL returns Tuesday, September 17 at 9PM

I've heard a few interviews with New Girl creator, Liz Meriweather. I really dig listening to her talking about wri...

Emily Deschanel Records PETA Video Supporting Dairy Embargo

May 8th, 2013 11:29pm EDT
Emily Deschanel
Bones star Emily Deschanel is encouraging moms to boycott cows' milk and embrace a vegan diet to show compassion for cattle.

The 36 year-old actress has teamed up with animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for a new video campaign urging women to raise their children on vegan diets and stop supporting the "cruel" dairy industry.

In the video, Deschanel, who has a 20-month-old son Henry, says, "As a mother, I experience the joy of raising my son every day. But not all moms are so lucky. Mother cows on dairy farms have their young traumatically torn...

Bones Explores Some Facts In The Fiction

March 11th, 2013 5:46pm EDT
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The show got off to an excellent start. Not only did a farmer run over a headless corpse that had been quite ravaged by time and wolves, but Booth informed Bones he was interested in investing asteroid mining. Honestly, I call that a quality start to anything other than Saturday morning cartoons!

Booth has it all figured out. The company needs about $2 billion in seed money to go round up approximately $50 billion in platinum. The conversation at the diner was going swimmingly well until a bloody and bruised somebody burst into the diner hollering for Bones, and reached into his bag tellin...

'Bones' And A Friend In Need

February 21st, 2013 7:40am EST
While many of the opening scenes of Bones can be classified as gruesome, this particular opening featured the remains of a body stuffed into a suitcase; seriously gruesome.

While I wouldn't call gruesome openings a pet peeve of mine, I do have major issues with people helping me with crossword puzzles, as though I need anyone's help after several challenging hours of staring at silly clues. Still, don't help me!

I was going crazy watching Bones hovering like a helicopter parent as Booth struggled, like someone else I know, to solve even the simplest clues. I wanted to jump through the TV ...