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. Eric says

    why not have a ep where walter is helping booth and bones and is called back to Fl. because of leo’s untimely death by some unexplained reason. walter does not except the med. exaimanors report and ask booth, bones, and the team to help look into it. walter starts trying to find leos killer after the team says he was murdered. the two main suspects are uncle shad and “the hidder”. but proving who did it brings them all closer. thus explaining no leo and plot for atleast season two of the finder

  2. MerryLee says

    the whole cancellation was stupid. MCD was great and we will miss him. The Finder was a great family show and to have some of the junk that isn’t cancelled to compare it to, well, the whole thing is depressing.

    Just move The Finder to a network that appreciates originality and family values. Don’t think you can replace MCD tho. He was one of a kind.

    Hope the rest of the cast finds another series so we can enjoy them.

  3. says

    As a fan of The Finder, and from the various comments I have read here, I agree with the many opinions to have some sort of rememberance of this gifted actor who touch many of our hearts. Thank you.

  4. Sharon says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I haven’t been able to watch the last episode after the first time because it was hard to see the ending knowing there wasn’t one.

  5. Anonymous says

    they should start The Finder back up again and try again in memory of Micheal Clarke Dunkan. the show was good just not enough people new of its existence. I really enjoyed the show and i know if you give it another chance it will do well.

  6. Samara says

    I think it would be nice to allow a crossover again, but I think that the absence of MCD’s character, Leo, should be explained by telling the audience that Leo died! It would bring a chance for the actors and fans to mourne the loss of MCD, while still being able to do a crossover without a charcter as vital as Leo!

  7. Abby says

    Please tie up the loose ends on Bones. Finder was a favorite in our house. The characters were just starting to come into their own stories. So tragic the loss of MCD, what a wonderful role he played, he was the anchor for all the characters. His charisma on screen will be missed. Honoring him would be fantastic!

  8. Cher Lynn says

    I do very much want to see this tied off properly, even without that wonderful MCD, whom I loved so very much in everything I saw him in, especially the Finder. He was the one that the others all listened to, whether or not they followed his suggestions. “Ahh, I’m gonna risk it,” will be one of my favorite lines for a very long time, always said after a paragraph of legal-speak on why the proposed action would be a mistake. Perhaps his character will have a brother who will come to try and tie up the loose ends of the bar, but if it’s resolved in an ep of Bones, then likely this won’t be covered. Likewise, I very much want to see what happens to Willa, but if it’s tied up on Bones, about the only way I can see that happening is if she’s a witness to a murder or somehow holds a key piece of evidence. Man, I really want to see how Willa settles with her clan. Uncle Shad really needs to learn that sometimes he shouldn’t be allowed to have his way.

  9. Lee Sullivan says

    Yes, please, cause I love “The Finder” and agree with all of the above comments. Each day I’m sadden at the death of MCD and a great tribute would be “dabomb”.
    The alternative ending mentioned in the article would have been wonderful, if we had only known, but to see Willa going down the road with Leo’s wind chime on her backpack and her goodbye hug to Leo spoke to the love she had for him as all of us fans have.
    Please do this for us and as a great legency for Mr. Duncan!

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