TVGuide.com: How'd you spend your hiatus?
David Boreanaz: It was kind of short, since we finished later than normal and started back on production in June. I went home to Philadelphia, then went to Mexico to kind of dissolve myself with some sand, beach and water, and a bottle of tequila, which was nice.
TVGuide.com: Sounds relaxing.
Boreanaz: It went fast, and it is hard to believe that we are already on our sixth episode.
TVGuide.com: Were you surprised to find out that the show was debuting in August?
Boreanaz: Last year we premiered in September, right before Emmy weekend, but I guess it worked out well because they've got to get a certain amount of episodes on before baseball [playoffs coverage] starts. I'm just like, whatever. [The short break] kind of takes away from family life and personal life, but at the same time, I'm working and I love working on the show. I've just got to balance all that stuff out. It's good. I can't complain.
TVGuide.com: Are you happy with your Wednesdays-at-8 time slot? Don't take this the wrong way, but I really loved it when it was on Tuesday, paired with House.
Boreanaz: I think last year we were all excited about the whole [leading into] American Idol thing, and then House took that slot. We were with House at the beginning, and it would have been a great combination, but Wednesday is a good kickoff for us, and who is to say they won't put us back [with House]. You can't really tell what they are going to do or not. They move you around so damn much and it gets frustrating for the viewers, but they have other shows that they have to premiere. We're out of the honeymoon period.
TVGuide.com: Regardless, the show seems to be doing well.
Boreanaz: I'm not complaining. I think this season is going to be a big surprise for everybody in terms of how much we've grown and how much the stories have grown. There is a more personal touch that each story is going to have, just in regards to my relationship with [Brennan], my relationship with others who are coming on the show, and the struggle that [Brennan] has with her family. I think it will open up Emily's character. It is good to see her smile; I like that. We have a new producer/director on board who came from The X-Files, we've got a whole new crop of writers, and we got a new DP who has set a fantastic tone for the look of the show. So it is different and just a lot of fun. I'm very pleased with the four episodes we've locked in so far.
TVGuide.com: Sometimes with all those behind-the-scenes changes, you get nervous. But I just watched the premiere, and it was fantastic.
Boreanaz: Oh, did you like the premiere? It's fun, isn't it?
TVGuide.com: I especially liked that the story line with Brennan's family from the season finale was continued.
Boreanaz: Yeah, that's going to be a running thing throughout the whole year. Then I think we'll get into our personal lives even more so. We're not a huge-arc show — we kind of end our episodes [in one week] — but we will be doing more B-stories this year because we found the right B-stories to go with. I love [the premiere]. I love when we are on stakeout and she's tapping my shoulder.
TVGuide.com: It seems like you two have a good relationship.
Boreanaz: We have a great relationship both on and off screen. We work really hard on the character stuff with Ivana Chubbuck, who is a fabulous acting coach. She coached Halle Berry to an Academy Award. She has a great spirit and we work with her on weekends on our character stuff. Our relationship on camera just keeps getting better and better. As long as we entertain, that's all that matters.
TVGuide.com: And you've got Tamara Taylor joining as Brennan's new boss, Cam.
Boreanaz: She's great, she adds a whole new dimension and a whole new feel. I think it adds a better conflict between me and [Cam] and Bones. It is going to be an ongoing story.
TVGuide.com: In the premiere, Angela (Michaela Conlin) thinks there was something sexual between Booth and Cam. Was there?
Boreanaz: Oh, yeah! That is definitely in the past and that will definitely come forward again. There is going to be a lot of Booth in the sheets this year.
TVGuide.com: So you'll get a love interest?
Boreanaz: Yeah. There's going to be more than one love interest. We have Jessica Capshaw (The Practice) coming on to play the mother of my child, so that's going to get kind of crazy. It is a delicate line that we're treading. I think my relationship with Bones will always be there, but hey, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.
TVGuide.com: It must be tough for you as an actor to work with all these pretty actresses.
Boreanaz: Ah, man. I've got the hardest job. Very, very tough.
TVGuide.com: So with Jessica Capshaw coming on, will we get to see more of Booth with his son?
Boreanaz: Yeah, we'll see him in the beginning, about Episode 3, with her introduction. Episode 5 is when she comes in and things start getting a little heavy between the two of us.
TVGuide.com: Anyone else popping up?
Boreanaz: We'll see Bones' brother come later on. And I think one of the more fascinating characters that we have will be revisited, a serial killer by the name of Epps. We introduced him early on last year, in the prison. He's going to be quite a problem throughout the season. We're kind of excited to have that kind of antagonist in the back of our heads.
TVGuide.com: One of my favorite parts of the show is Booth tormenting the squints. Will we get more of that this season?
Boreanaz: You are going to get a lot of that this season. I think my relationship with Hodgins will be one of support since he really wants to be in the field with me because he's so into the whole conspiracy thing. He comes from a wealthy family. I think his love of adventure will help Booth out, and Booth will be like, "Let me show you how it is done, kid." I know there is a budding romance between Angela and Hodgins, but who is to say Booth can't get a little action? Why not?
TVGuide.com: Is there a girl on the show who doesn't go for Booth?
Boreanaz: I don't know. When we started out, Angela was very much like, "Oh, yeah, Booth's hot," but Angela and I haven't done many scenes together. My domain is really around Bones, and the rest is sporadic. My relationship with Cam will be more in the spotlight than any [relationships with] the other squints.
TVGuide.com Anything else you can tell us for the rest of the season?
Boreanaz: There is some talk about my relationship with Bones. We're going to flirt the audience with it. We may even do an episode where we are possibly in Las Vegas and we have to share a bedroom together. We're going back old-school to It Happened One Night. The adventure will start rolling, and I think the fans are going to be in for a really great season.
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