At the end of this post, you can watch two clips from Thursday’s (April 21) “Bones,” which sets up the possible spinoff “The Finder.”
What you won’t see in those clips, however, is The Finder himself, Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults). You’ll hear Booth (David Boreanaz) telling Brennan (Emily Deschanel) about Walter’s “finder power” — no, really — but you’ll apparently have to tune in to see that power in action. That’s in the second video; the first explains, via the usual “Bones” grossness, why Brennan and Booth are in South Florida: There’s a dead, de-fleshed body in the Everglades, which is federal land.
Meanwhile, “Bones” creator Hart Hanson‘s says Deschanel’s pregnancy could lead to a shorter-than-usual seventh season. (The series has yet to be officially renewed for 2011-12, but Hanson says he’s “very confident” that will happen.)
“Season 7 would probably be a curtailed season in some respects; we don’t know how much yet,” he tells TVLine.
Because the show’s not renewed yet, talks about how to handle Deschanel’s pregnancy and eventual maternity leave haven’t really started. Among the options Hanson says he’s ready to talk about are episodes without Brennan, a somewhat shorter season or even writing the pregnancy into the show.
“I’m ready to pitch a bunch of alternatives to the network, but we haven’t had those conversations yet,” Hanson says. “We’ve had creative conversations about how to get out of Season 6, but we haven’t had any … about how to get into Season 7.”
This much we know: “The Finder” episode airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on FOX.