This winter, Fox’s ‘Bones‘ hopes to plant the seed for a possible spin-off.
Pending the casting of a strong enough guest star, the series’ December 6 episode will introduce Walter Sherman, a character described by Deadline as “an eccentric, obstreperous and amusing reclusive man in his late 20s-30s with highly sought after abilities to find anything.”
Sherman’s calling card is his penchant for asking “offensive, seemingly irrelevant questions which oddly enough turn out to be extremely relevant” – à la a certain Detective Columbo, perhaps?
The character is based on the protagonist in “The Locator” series of novels by Richard Greener – akin to how ‘Bones’ itself was inspired by the crime novels penned by forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.
As introduced in the December ‘Bones’ episode, Walter is a former MP who knows (and is not especially liked by) Booth, and who fascinated Brennan.
It can be noted that Fox’s ‘House’ attempted a similar “planted spin-off” with the character of Lucas Douglas (played by Michael Weston), a P.I. sometimes employed by House and who soon became a love interest for Cuddy. That offshoot series, however, never gained traction.
Series such as ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘NCIS,’ however, have enjoyed more success with the planted spin-off practice.
This is where you “plant” your casting suggestions to play the enigmatic Walter Sherman. Which late 20s/early 30s actor has been MIA from the TV scene that you’d love to see come back? Hit the Comments!