Rest easy, Booth and Brennan fans. Bones creator Hart Hanson told reporters at the TCA press tour today that he is “very confident” that there will be an 8th season of the fan favorite Fox series. “Putting Booth and Brennan together, raising a child, we feel reinvigorated the series,” added Hanson, who feels there are an “infinite” number of murder stories available for Booth and Brennan to investigate.
Hanson was actually speaking to the TCA press about his Bones spin-off, The Finder — albeit via Skype, due a motorcycle accident on Tuesday that left him with a broken ankle. (At one point, one of the Finder panelists who was present on stage at TCAs — including stars Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan — asked Hanson if he was wearing pants. He wasn’t.) After a reporter commented that “The Finder” was a pretty “flat” title, Hanson and fellow exec producer Barry Josephson essentially conceded the point by admitting that they couldn’t find a better title — other options included Lost and Found and The Locator, “which sounded to me like a real estate show,” joked Hanson.
Here are the other highlights from other Fox mid-season panels for Naploeon Dynamite, New Girl, Raising Hope, and Breaking In:
— Fans of the 2004 cult hit film Napoleon Dynamite can look forward to even more catchphrases like “Sweet” and “Vote for Pedro” thanks to the new animated series starring virtually the entire original cast and exec produced by co-writers Jared and Jerusha Hess. “There’s a catchphrase in every episode,” said co-star Tina Majorino (the side-ponytailed Deb). Some samples: “You do, you die,” from Napoleon (Jon Heder), and “I don’t think you want to see these stretch marks,” from Gramma (Sandy Martin). Amy Poehler, Jemaine Clement, Jennifer Coolidge, and Sam Rockwell will also show up as guest voices.
— Things will take a somewhat serious turn on the next episode of New Girl, when Nick (Jake M. Johnson) gets injured and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) had to take him to her gynecologist for help. (We know how that sounds, but exec producer Liz Meriwether insists things will get a little bit heavy.)
— Megan Mullally joins the second season of the miraculously renewed Breaking In, but since she just shot her first day on the show on Saturday, she didn’t have much to say about her character. “Well, I am adorkable,” smirked Mullally. She later revealed her character represents the conglomerate that buys out the small security firm run by Christian Slater’s Oz. For his part, Slater remarked that at first he felt like Goldilocks, trying out different networks for his various short-lived TV shows. But after Fox resurrected Breaking In after canceling it, he now says he feels like Tinkerbell: “I do believe in fairies! I do believe in fairies!” Maybe you had to be there.
— After teasing that Fred Willard and Ashley Tisdale will appear on upcoming episodes of Raising Hope, exec producer Greg Garcia had a very specific plea for Meriwether and Deschanel regarding New Girl: More naked Schmidt. Garcia explained that last September, he came home to his 11-year-old son proclaiming New Girl “the funniest show on TV!” After Garcia’s initial response — “Okay, well, first off, f— you” — he learned why his son found New Girl so hilarious. His son paused a shot of Schmidt (Max Greenfield) with his shirt off, and said, “Look at that guys nipples! They’re tiny! They’re tiny!” Meriwether assured Garcia, and the rest of us, that we will indeed be seeing much more of Schmidt’s body, whether we want to or not.