It amazes me how ‘Bones’ changed from what it was originally supposed to be purely thanks to the casting. It’s like the stars aligned and the universe gave Hart/Bones the perfect cast.
Like Booth was supposed to be only in 2/3 of the show, different law enforcement officers would work with Brennan in the rest of the episodes. But thanks to the immediate incredible chemistry between David and Emily, they asked David to be on the show full time. And HE AGREED.
And Hart and David always say their first meeting didn’t go well because David didn’t like the fact that they didn’t even have the leading lady (actress to play Brennan) when they talked to him. And now we know Barry Josephson got them another meeting. And he also found Emily, who was the only actress to audition who had it all: she was funny, smart and beautiful. Which is what they wanted. And let’s be honest, she is the perfect Brennan.
Hodgins was originally supposed to be completely different. Kinda looking like a bug, wearing glasses and flip-flops, would be over 45 years old in the pilot… instead we got TJ Thyne. And thanks to Michaela and TJ and their chemistry we got Hodgela, because getting Hodgins and Angela together was not something Hart intented to do.
Cam was supposed to die after few episodes in S2 but they/people liked her so much- which was thanks to Tamara obviously - the writers decided to let her live. And what a good decision that was.
And I’m gonna digress a bit here, but thanks to the fact that Hart and co. would always listen to the cast and let them have input (which isn’t that common), so many things got better because of them; like Booth and Brennan’s vows that they helped write so much; David and Emily also ad-lib a lot and make everything better because of it.
“Sometimes you just have to say “cut” to get them to stop talking.” And we know others improvise as well (“Now you made Dr. B. disappear”). I would also like to remind everyone that David and Emily worked on weekends together with an acting coach for six years because they’re that dedicated. And TJ helped make Hodgins’ paralysis as realistic as possible by wanting to do more and more , though luckily they knew where to stop because it hurt. And I could just go on and on and on…
All I’m saying is I love the Bones cast, they are absolutely the best group of people that ever got to work together, they formed a wonderful team and became a family, and there’s never ever going to be another cast like them, and I just want to thank them so much because they helped make the show be as wonderful as it has been. Without them we wouldn’t have the Bones we love, it would be an entirely different show. But the Bones they helped create is the best show I could ever ask for. ♡♡