“It’s kind of hard to believe that we’re going into season 10,” admitted David Boreanaz in our recent webcam chat (watch below) about his role on the long-running FOX series “Bones.” “For me it’s always episode-to-episode. I’ve always kind of worked that way. It’s a blessing, but at the same time you always want to be able to push the envelope with the characters and make it exciting for the writers to write for the character, because once you stop doing that then the series would be over.”
By the end of next season, Boreanaz will have played FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth for a full decade, which is longer than he played his breakthrough role as vampire Angel on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” but he says there are still plenty of avenues for his character left to explore, and he would like to see “a bit more of a darker side of Booth” in season 10.
This upcoming season will also bring “Bones” to another important milestone: its 200th episode, which Boreanaz expects to direct. To date, the actor has helmed eight episodes of “Bones,” including two from the past season: “Big in the Philippines,” about the murder of a struggling country singer, and the season finale, “The Recluse in the Recliner,” in which Booth becomes entangled in a conspiracy within the FBI.
“Recluse” is being entered for Emmy consideration for Best Drama Directing; Boreanaz discussed his experience shooting the action-packed episode, which includes a destructive shoot-out between Booth and soldiers sent to kill him: “As a director, to take a step back and watch the performances and see it all come together, it’s really gratifying … It was fun, it was fast-paced, it was exhilarating, but it was very tiring and taxing on the body, that’s for sure.”
The episode ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, with Booth hospitalized and under arrest for the deaths of his assailants. Boreanaz can’t say exactly what will become of his character next year, but “it’s going to be a ride. If you think that that was heavy, just wait, because season 10 is going to be crazy.”
Will Boreanaz earn dual Emmy nominations for acting and directing? Watch our complete interview below, then predict Best Drama Actor: