The Finder: Hanson’s Plan to Bring Duncan & Stults Back to Bones

Canceled The Finder on FOXIn a tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan, Bones creator Hart Hanson told THR that there were plans to bring his character and Geoff Stults’ character back to Bones this season. Their spin-off series, The Finder, was cancelled in May.

He said, “The Finder started as an episode of Bones, and we were thinking of having MCD and Geoff do one more crossover episode on Bones so that we could tell the Bones fans what happened after The Finder didn’t come back.”

“We put all that on hold when he had his heart attack in July, but we were hoping he’d be back. [Bones star] David Boreanaz directed a Finder episode, and David and MCD really bonded. They’re both team-playing, big-hearted, noisy, jock-type wonderful guys. We’re just now coming to grips with the idea that MCD is gone. I sure hope we can think of something that would do him proud.”

Hanson also notes, “When we shot that last scene of The Finder this year, we were hoping it would be the season finale, not the series finale. If I had known it would be the end of our series, the last image would have been Leo standing outside his bar, looking out at the weather vane and being the last man standing, with everyone else scattered to the wind.”

The Bones creator also said that Duncan’s part was itinially written for a “Sam Shepard type” — an old, white, and skinny cowboy. Hart said that he completely rewrote the character for Duncan and added, “A lot of actors are nothing like what you see, but MCD was very much like what you see onscreen: that big smile, that big voice, not a bit of a bully to him. He doesn’t alpha-male anybody, though he could alpha-male anyone he wanted. He was just a genuinely good guy.”

What do you think? Would you like to see The Finder wrapped on Bones? Should they still do the crossover now that Duncan is gone?

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  1. Joshua says

    I watched The Finder, Primetime as well as on Netflix more than once. The ending really hits home with MCD now passed. I would enjoy closure on knowing where and how everyone is. Does Willa find a safe place? Walter never officially found his Artist, is he in Prison or an institution? Isabel’s career is in jeopardy, Leo is left at the Ends of the Earth is there a neat little bow you can make out of that? As bad as I want an answer to all of that I dont want a continuation that would write out Leo. He was the heart and soul of that group. Its difficult to say goodbye to a series that had so much promise. I think everyone leaving it as it was the best decision. A kind of farewell on behalf of everyone involved in the show to MCD kind of saying “we couldnt do it without you” I think it honors his memory. I will make up my own fairytale for the show that never got its ending.

  2. Tammy Mulkey says

    This needs to be concluded. Bones would be fine. Too much left hanging on a great show. Duncan has passed away, gather for funeral, bar left to Willa who has to be found for funeral and inheritance. Some how tie Willa to Bones case. Of course you’ll have to explain Walter past possible prison time and ex marshall girlfriend and something to protect Willa from gypsy uncle. Willa will need to be older and have no major crime record to inherit bar.

    Just some ideas. I really don’t like to have been left hanging on this great show was one season and no follow up to dramatic ending. Watched when primetime and now again on Netflix.

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