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Emily Deschanel has left Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan far behind in her new role as Angela on Animal Kingdom. The Bones alum plays a recovering drug addict and scrappy, manipulative survivor. Angela is Julia's former best friend and drug buddy. And here's the first look at Deschanel's Angela in TNT's upcoming Season 4:
Animal Kingdom tweeted out a photo from TVLine, showing Angela checking out her surroundings. Angela is fresh out of prison, and inserts herself into the lives of the Cody family. Or, as the network put it, she tries to "snake her way back into the family's good graces." She's definitely not Bones anymore!
Apparently Joshua "J" Cody (Finn Cole) and Janine "Smurf" Cody (Ellen Barkin) have their guards up when Angela arrives, but TVLine teased that Angela may make it her top priority to get in good graces (and get in bed?) with Julia's twin Andrew "Pope" Cody (Shawn Hatosy).
Animal Kingdom's first season had 10 episodes and premiered in June 2016. Season 2 and Season 3 both had 13 episodes and premiered in May 2017 and May 2018. We'll have to stay tuned on an Animal Kingdom Season 4 premiere date. The season started production in early 2019 but TNT has yet to announce the return date. In the meantime, check out this behind-the-scenes tease:
Emily Deschanel will be recurring as Angela all season in what is meant to be a key story arc for Animal Kingdom. It's Deschanel's first major role since Bones ended almost exactly two years ago on March 28, 2017. She was announced for the role just about a month ago, and now we have this first image of her. This Angela sounds about 180 degrees from Bones, which must've been part of the draw for Deschanel -- to stretch her acting muscles a bit after more than 240 episodes as Temperance Brennan.
Emily Deschanel also voiced Marge in an episode of The Simpsons, but other than that, she's been in Temperance Brennan mode. She, Bones co-star David Boreanaz, and other producers have also been dealing with that long-running lawsuit against Fox for unpaid profits. That had a recent win on that front, and that must've been very gratifying, no matter what happens next from appeals.
Bones premiered in September 2005 and it has only been off the air for two years, but you know everyone is all about the reboots, revivals, and reunions these days. (David Boreanaz just teased an Angel reunion.) So don't be shocked if we hear something about a Bones reunion at some point down the road.
For now, stay tuned for more details on Animal Kingdom Season 4, which is one of the many shows coming soon as midseason 2019 winds down.