BACKSTROM: Director Kevin Hooks talks new Fox procedural – Interview

Rainn Wilson as Detective Everett Backstrom (R) and Dennis Haysbert as Detective Sergeant John Almon in BACKSTROM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

On Fox’s BACKSTROM, Thursdays at 9 PM, Rainn Wilson plays the title character, a brilliant but world-hating Portland, Oregon police detective. Executive producer Hart Hanson developed the show from a series of novels by Swedish writer Leif G.W. Persson. Kevin Hooks, another of BACKSTROM’s executive producers, directed the pilot and helps set the tone with the directors of subsequent episodes. Hooks, a native of Philadelphia, began his career as a child actor in the title role of the 1969 telefilm J.T. His first directorial work was on the TV series ST. ELSEWHERE in 1983 and he’s since worked on a […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Teacher in the Books”

Emily Deschanel stars as Brennan in BONES "The Teacher in the Books" | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Laura Spencer, Nathan Buzolic, Allius Barnes, Allen Maldonado, Brendan Robinson, Anna Khaja Writer: Taylor Martin, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Anne Renton Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Telecast: April 2, 2015 When BONES tries to send a message on a particular issue in an episode, sometimes it succeeds, sometimes it gets the point across but is woefully heavy-handed, and sometimes, as with “The Teacher in the Books,” it scrambles what it’s apparently attempting […]Read On »

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BACKSTROM: Creator Hart Hanson on his new detective series – exclusive interview

Rainn Wilson in BACKSTROM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

Fox’s BACKSTROM, Thursdays at 9 PM, has been adapted by executive producer Hart Hanson from a series of books by Swedish novelist Leif G.W. Persson. Rainn Wilson plays Portland, Oregon police detective lieutenant Everett Backstrom, who is brilliant at crime-solving but astoundingly abrasive in human interactions. Hanson also adapted another series of novels, Kathy Reichs’ mysteries, into Fox’s BONES, now in its tenth season, which follows the crime-solving adventures of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her FBI agent husband Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). Hanson talks about the differences between the two series, as well as the balancing […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Psychic in the Soup”

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Rodolfo Fuentes (guest star Ignacio Serricchio) stars in BONES "The Psychic in the Soup" | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Cyndi Lauper, Ignacio Serricchio, Gabrielle Dennis, Steven Williams Frankie Ingrassia, Gregory Zarian, Alex MacNicoll, Sunnie Pelant Writer: Lena Waithe, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: March 26, 2015 BONES comes back for the second half of Season 10 with “The Psychic in the Soup,” which brings back Cyndi Lauper’s psychic Avalon Harmonia. Avalon claims she’s been told to visit the lab by the spirit of the late Dr. Lance […]Read On »

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BACKSTROM star Dennis Haysbert Talks Season 1- exclusive interview

Dennis Haysbert as Almond and Rain Wilson as Backstrom in BACKSTROM | © 2015 Liane Hentscher/FOX

Back in 2001, seven years before Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in real life, Dennis Haysbert played David Palmer, the first African-American U.S. President, on Fox’s 24. Haysbert remained in the role for four seasons before his character died and he moved over to CBS’ THE UNIT, where he spent another four years as Special Ops commander Jonas Blane. Haysbert was also voted Most Trusted Man in America, based on his work as spokesman for Allstate Insurance. Film work has included the original MAJOR LEAGUE, FAR FROM HEAVEN and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The 200th in the 10th”

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 10 - "The 200th in the 10th" | ©2014 Fox

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Michael Badalucco, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Billy F. Gibbons, Andrew Leeds, Ryan O’Neal, Ignacio Serricchio, Laura Spencer, Michael Grant Terry, Pej Vahdat, Mather Zickel Writer: Stephen Nathan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Boreanaz Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 11, 2014 Not too many scripted TV series (outside of soaps) make it to two hundred episodes. BONES is one of the fortunate – and deserving – few. The series chooses to celebrate […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator”

TJ Thyne and John Boyd in BONES - Season 10 - "The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator" | ©2014 Fox/Jordin Althaus

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Michael Grant Terry, Shalita Grant, Miriam Flynn, Shannon Collins, Chastity Dotson, Grant Harvey, Reva Rose, Mary Gillis Writer: Hilary Weisman Graham, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Tim Southam Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 4, 2014 The BONES episode “The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator” does a fine misdirect with its whodunit aspect. When parts of a murdered man turn up in garbage all over a tri-state area, the Jeffersonian team seeks to learn his […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Puzzle in the Pit”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 10 - "The Puzzle in the Pit" | ©2014 Fox/Jordin Althaus

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Carla Gallo, Sean Marquette, Alison Haislip, Mindy Cohn, Debbon Ayer, Sam Lloyd, Jack Tapalian Writer: Nkechi Okoro Carroll, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Chad Lowe Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 20, 2014 Squintern Daisy Wicks (Carla Gallo) has spent Season 10 of BONES heavily pregnant, and in “The Puzzle in the Pit,” she gives birth, surrounded by her lab “family.” This is at once pleasant and a little depressing, as since Daisy isn’t really […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 10 - "The Money on the Merry-Go-Round" | © 2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Brian Klugman, Gil Bellows, LaMonica Garrett, Charlene Amoia, Adam Bartley, Lisa Datz, Jamison Haase, Drew Wicks Writer: Keith Foglesong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Michael Lange Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 13, 2014 The title of the BONES episode “The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round” turns out to refer to a murdered hedge fund manager whose head is found under a piece of playground equipment. One’s first thought may be of something else entirely […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Lost Love in the Foreign Land”

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) investigates remains found on the side of a road in BONES "The Lost Love in the Foreign Land" | © 2014 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Pej Vahdat, Danny Woodburn, Leann Lei, Francois Chau, Vera Miao, Ray Proscia, Brian Poth, Scott Ly, Phyllis Logan Writer: Emily Silver, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Allison Liddi-Brown Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 7, 2014 BONES sometimes uses its storytelling to deliver worthy messages. “The Lost Love in the Foreign Land” is an example of this, with the body of a young Chinese woman, Mei Yun, leading to the discovery of a human trafficking […]Read On »

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