David Boreanaz and Julian McMahon

While on hiatus from Bones, David Boreanaz went Full Circle. The actor is one of several stars who signed on to take part in the TV debut of playwright/director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men).

LaBute's Full Circle, which runs this fall on DirecTV's Audience network, revolves around 11 people whose lives turn out to be intertwined. Boreanaz stars as Jace, a foul-mouthed comedian who makes a joke in his act that turns into a national uproar. In the scene depicted in this photo, Jace's lawyer Stanley (Julian McMahon) sits down with him to figure out crisis control.

Each episode of Full Circle follows a conversation in a restaurant between two characters. One of those character's storylines carries over into the next episode, via a conversation with a new character. And so on, until the final episode, which brings all the characters together and reveals the string that connects them.

"I was intrigued that he was behind it," Boreanaz says of working with LaBute. The actor was attracted to LaBute's "honest and bold characters" and says the amount of dialogue he had to learn was like going to actor boot camp. "It was intense," he says. "It was kind of like David Mamet on steroids."

Boreanaz calls Jace "a bit of a wild card and something I thought would challenge me professionally. It was daunting but at the same time very rewarding. The challenging part with Neil's words, [is] you don't just want to say them. There has to be a rhythm and a rhyme and a purpose... For me it was a personal process of endurance and sacrifice and having fun and putting it out there."

Boreanaz says he also enjoyed the rehearsal process. "Working with Julian was great, when we were shooting the piece and able to free ourselves from the words and really become the characters. After takes we'd crack up. When you have that type of connection with a fellow actor while doing a piece like this, it makes it even more gratifying."

In another episode, Boreanaz stars opposite Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee). Other actors appearing on Full Circle include Minka Kelly, Kate Walsh, Billy Campbell, Cheyenne Jackson, Robin Weigert, Devon Gearhart, Tom Felton and Ally Sheedy. 

Full Circle premieres Oct. 9 on the Audience network, and all 10 episodes will be available immediately on DirecTV Everywhere, which allows customers to watch television on their smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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