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'Bones' exclusive: Meet Booth's new [spoiler alert]!

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bones-david-winnickImage Credit: Ron Eisenberg/Fox; Inset: Jesse Grant/WireImage.comIt looks like Booth found time to mix a little pleasure with his business during his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Bones has tapped Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick (CSI, House, Criminal Minds) to play the sure-to-be-controversial role of Ashley, a war correspondent with whom Booth, ahem, bonded with during his year overseas. Without giving too much away, Ashley ends up following Booth back to D.C. where things get, well, complicated.

Winnick is scheduled to appear in roughly five episodes, beginning with the Sept. 23 season premiere.

Thoughts? Waiting to watch the actual episodes before rushing to judgment? Do you think Emily Deschanel could take Winnick in a cage match? Got questions for EP Hart Hanson and/or David Boreanaz when I see them at Comic-Con? Hit the comments!

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