PASADENA, Calif. – Now that the Fox series “Bones” is nearing the end of its 12-year run, co-star David Boreanaz may have time on his hands to finish a personal project.
Boreanaz, the Buffalo-born son of former “Rocketship 7” host Dave Thomas (now Dave Roberts), told Toronto critic Bill Brioux Wednesday here he is trying to develop a movie centered around the popular children’s program that originally ran on WKBW-TV from 1962-1978.
A good friend of mine, Brioux told me that the subject came up after the end of a press conference here for the conclusion of the “Bones” run.
Brioux, who watched “Promo the Robot,” the cartoons and short programs on “Rocketship 7” as a child growing up in Canada, said he advised Boreanaz he “should do a movie about ‘Rocketship 7.’”
According to Brioux, Boreanaz responded: “That very project is in development. I started a script six years ago.”
He presumably now will have time to finish the script, which likely would deal with the early days of television.
Boreanaz also told Philadelphia critic Ellen Gray that his father, who became a popular weatherman in Philadelphia after leaving Channel 7, is in the "Bones" series finale as a TV newsman.
Boreanaz isn’t the only Western New Yorker involved with “Bones.”
Buffalo native Stephen Nathan was a long-time writer-producer on the program before leaving it two seasons ago. He wasn’t here but creator Hart Hanson brought up his influence during the press conference.
“When I first stopped running the show so that Stephen Nathan was running it… one of the first things he did was to completely and utterly defy me and kill Sweets (the psychologist played by John Francis Daley)," said Hanson. "I would never have killed Sweets, but Stephen was running the show, and it obviously was a good idea.”
Though he has officially left the program, Nathan wrote the story for the upcoming series finale several months ago but didn’t write the script.