A brush with death

While a long-awaited on-screen ro­mance can de­stroy a show, it has panned out dif­fer­ently on Bones, writes Dar­ren Dev­lyn

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FALL­ING in love in front of the cam­eras can lead to heaven, but the TV in­dus­try is lit­tered with screen ro­mances that ended in hell. Think Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain on Lois and Clark. Fans were des­per­ate for the characters to re­solve their sex­ual ten­sion. Once they did, our pas­sion for the show fiz­zled like a wet sparkler.

Same goes for Mad­die (Cy­bill Shep­herd) and David (Bruce Wil­lis) on Moon­light­ing. The show’s demise was blamed squarely on the fact they, well, did it.

More re­cently, Richard Cas­tle (Nathan Fil­lion) and Kate Beck­ett (Stana Katic) grap­pled with lin­ger­ing sex­ual ten­sion in crime drama Cas­tle, and Booth and Bren­nan teased view­ers with a will-they­won’t-they plot­line in Bones.

Emily Deschanel, who plays Tem­per­ance Bren­nan in Bones (David Bore­anaz plays Booth), is well aware that re­solv­ing sex­ual ten­sion be­tween TV characters can be a show’s kiss of death, but feels there’s a rea­son fans have not tired of the Bren­nan-Booth dy­namic.

‘‘ I think one part is that there was no courtship, which can be kind of bor­ing to watch some­times,’’ she says.

‘‘ Now, we’re try­ing to fig­ure out how to raise a child to­gether and bal­ance that with work. We still kind of bicker over dif­fer­ent things, but we still have a sim­i­lar re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘ We went from 0 to 60, es­sen­tially. So they went from no re­la­tion­ship what­so­ever be­sides pla­tonic, ex­cept for their feel­ings, to a fam­ily — es­sen­tially liv­ing to­gether, rais­ing a child.

‘‘ I think that might have some­thing to do with the fact that it hasn’t af­fected our rat­ings or this show in too many ways; I think that it ac­tu­ally helped, and I have my own preg­nancy to thank for that. For a while, I thought I was go­ing to ruin the show be­cause I got preg­nant. They didn’t think they could hide it. I felt bad that I was af­fect­ing the show in a neg­a­tive way, and now I will say that I af­fected the show in a pos­i­tive way.’’ Deschanel gave birth to Henry La­mar Hornsby on Septem­ber 21. The child’s fa­ther is Deschanel’s part­ner, David Hornsby.

But is this where the joy will end for Bren­nan and Booth?

In this week’s episode, Bren­nan and Booth ar­gue over her abil­i­ties as a mother. The blow-up is the im­pe­tus for one of them be­ing placed in a sit­u­a­tion where they are shot. When the char­ac­ter flat­lines, there seems no way back.

Deschanel says she re­flected on her own ex­pe­ri­ences as a mother in shoot­ing the episode.

‘‘ If I wasn’t a mother, and I was play­ing a char­ac­ter as a mother (it would have been much more dif­fi­cult). It’s cer­tainly an eas­ier thing to do (as a real-life mother).

‘‘ Bren­nan is a dif­fer­ent mother than I am, but the minute you be­come a par­ent, I think you’re go­ing to won­der if you’re do­ing some­thing wrong, and I cer­tainly ex­pe­ri­ence that on a daily ba­sis. It’s a big chal­lenge.

‘‘ Bren­nan is go­ing through that in the be­gin­ning of this episode. Booth and Bren­nan have a fight. Bren­nan be­lieves that Booth is crit­i­cis­ing her par­ent­ing style, and runs out.’’

Like Deschanel, Bore­anaz says the show prompts him to con­tem­plate his own life and what’s im­por­tant in it.

Bore­anaz is the son of TV weath­er­man Dave Roberts (born David Thomas Bore­anaz). He’s pleased his fa­ther has been en­joy­ing life since re­tir­ing in 2009.

‘‘ He loves it; he’s able to

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