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100 Bones and Counting: On set with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel

April 8, 2010 |  3:00 am

For five seasons, they’ve struggled to find a balance between reason and emotion,  intuition and science, love and friendship. Of all the unconsummated love affairs currently complicating television plot lines, the relationship between Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) of “Bones” has got to the be the most classically romantic.

While the Fox detective drama struggled in its early years to find its voice—a straight forensic procedural? an off-beat crime-comedy?—the chemistry between the two main characters never faltered. Over the years, the folks behind "Bones" created not only a voice and a devoted fan base for their show, they remade the crime procedural: the fond but still prickly partnership between two unlikely foils has become just as necessary for crime procedurals as DNA analysis and all that super-cool gadgetry.

So it is fitting that the 100th episode, directed by Boreanaz, will take Booth and Brennan back to the beginning. And if the will they/won’t they question isn’t precisely answered, fans will have at least a better understanding of what lies at the, um, heart of the relationship.

To commemorate that bit of illumination, I spoke with Deschanel and Boreanaz about the push-me-pull-you of the perpetually courting, the wonderful ick factor of forensic anthropology and how sometimes a TV show just needs a little time to find its way.

-- Mary McNamara