Deschanel digs Bones

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IT WAS once re­garded as the lesser medium to film, but in­creas­ing num­bers of so-called movie ac­tors are be­ing lured to tele­vi­sion. Bones star Emily Deschanel says the small screen is no longer the poor man’s al­ter­na­tive to film.

Be­fore tak­ing the star­ring role as strait­laced Tem­per­ence Bren­nan on the Chan­nel 7 drama in 2005, Deschanel had mostly made her ca­reer in film, ap­pear­ing in Cold Moun­tain with Aussie ac­tor Nicole Kid­man and Spi­der-Man 2 with Toby Maguire.

But Deschanel (right), along with the likes of Glenn Close, Kyra Sedg­wick and Mary-Louise Parker, has turned her back on the movie busi­ness.

‘‘There’s a few rea­sons for it (the mass ex­o­dus of film stars to TV),’’ she says.

‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally ex­plore a char­ac­ter and see them in dif­fer­ent set­tings.

‘‘And TV is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. There’s bet­ter writ­ing and bet­ter shows and that’s at­trac­tive for good ac­tors.

‘‘That’s why Holly Hunter ( Sav­ing Grace), Kyra Sedg­wick ( The Closer) and Glenn Close ( The Shield, Dam­ages) are all com­ing to the small screen. It’s so in­spir­ing.’’

Deschanel says Bones’ strong script and the op­por­tu­nity for sta­ble em­ploy­ment was what at­tracted her to the show four years ago.

Though there is no short­age of foren­sic-based se­ries on tele­vi­sion, Deschanel says Bones’ hu­mor­ous un­der­tones set it apart from the likes of the CSI fran­chise.

‘‘I read the script and loved it,’’ she says. ‘‘It was like those great movies of the ’30s and ’40s with its witty repar­tee.

‘‘It re­minds me of a Bar­bara Stan­wyck film, where women are equal to men.

‘‘Def­i­nitely a lot of foren­sic shows are around, but ours is not so pro­ce­dural or for­mu­laic.

‘‘I’ve been do­ing this for four years now and I’m hop­ing for a few more yet.’’

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