Tonight, Fox will introduce fans of “Bones” to the new characters who will star in the proposed spinoff of the show in what’s referred to as a “backdoor pilot.”
If all goes well, the series seems a sure bet for pick-up this fall on Fox, since other networks have successfully launched a franchise in the same manner, most recently with “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “Law & Order: LA” (okay, the success of the latter is debatable).
Here’s how viewers will meet the new crew: Booth and Brennan investigate a case in the Florida Everglades in which they enlist the help of “The Finder,” which is the alleged title of the spinoff (terrible title aside, we say give it a chance).
FBI guys Booth (David Boreanaz) and Wally (George Stults) get reacquainted with each other – and their fists – on Thursday’s episode:
George Stults (“7th Heaven”) plays a professional locator named Walter Sherman, who upon first impressions appears to be a bit of a wild card, while his book-reading legal advisor Leo, played by deep-voiced actor Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile”), seems to be the calming, and extremely large, presence. Saffron Burrows also guest stars as one of Sherman’s colleagues, who together, after some convincing, all work to help “Bones” uncover key evidence in the case.
The character of Walter Sherman is based on “The Locator” series of novels by Richard Greener.
“Bones” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m./EST on Fox.