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Boreanaz's Funny 'Bones'

During a Summer TV Press Tour Q&A session for Fox's returning drama series "Bones," star Emily Deschanel, who plays Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, was asked if she reads Kathy Reichs's books on which the show about a forensic anthropologist are based.

Deschanel said she had read them, and that the character in the TV series is "very different" from the Temperance Brennan of the books "so it gets very tricky."

"I read the books," jumped in David Boreanaz, who plays Special Agent Seeley Booth, Bones' crime-detection/sparring partner/possible love interest.

"No, you don't," Deschanel said.

"Yes, I do," Boreanaz replied.

"No, you don't," Deschanel persevered.

"I do, too. I read the books," Boreanaz insisted.

"Really?" show exec producer Stephen Nathan asked, skeptically.

"Oh yeah, that's right, you read the books all the time," Deschanel said, dripping with sarcasm.

"I give you all the insight into all the books," Boreanaz told her, accusingly.

"Well, David, since you read the books - " one critic began.

"Yes, what would you like to know?" Boreanaz asked politely.

"How about the psychology of your character -- how you're playing him vis-a-vis what you're reading in the books?" the critic asked.

At this point Boreanaz began to vamp like vamp has seldom been done at a Summer TV Press Tour. Boreanaz didn't just vamp -- he re-defined vamp:

"I'm an FBI guy, so my experiences are pretty much in tune with what's going on relatively in my life, if that makes any sense to you, as far as portraying a character that makes sense in the moment and basically focusing on a relationship that I can have with Bones here," he began.

"In order to get that relationship sparked and get that relationship moving, the two of us work very hard on the weekends in order to find that chemistry, find what works between the two of us and apply that. For me, it's always character-driven stuff that allows me to kind of examine Booth -- examine him in his situations, examine him in his scenes, whatever the writers put out there for us. So for me, it's always developing the character through the relationship that's -- stuff that's going on in my life."
Here's where series creator Hart Hanson felt compelled to step in:

"Does it make me sound too cranky if I say that the series is not based on the books? Because the series is not based on the books. Booth is not in the books."

"He's not in the books at all," Deschanel chimed in like she meant it to sting.

"I thought I was," Boreanaz said. "I thought I was the mystery man. Isn't there, like a mystery man in the book or something.

"There's a French Canadian cop," Hanson said.

"Oh, okay -- I didn't even know there were books," Boreanaz confessed.

For more on the Summer TV Press Tour, read Lisa's column: Fox to Redo Show After Virginia Tech Shootings and watch clips of new network shows in our Fall TV Video Preview guide.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 23, 2007; 7:24 AM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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