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
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