Name a recent show and Kim Raver’s probably been on it. Alright, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, the popular actress has taken meaty roles in 24, Revolution, Grey’s Anatomy and Lipstick Jungle--and that’s not even including smaller stints like NCIS: Los Angeles. The actress is everywhere, which is why it should surprise no one that she’s headed to Bones where she will apear on the procedural for an important storyline. Her stint on the series will very much have to do with one missing Seeley Booth.
Reports broke on Thursday indicating that Raver will appear in Season 11 as Grace Miller, an FBI special agent—coincidentally the same position Booth held for many years before quitting at the end of Season 10. She’ll pop up in the premiere and will also appear in the second episode of the season, which will begin airing in October. TV Line says Kim Raver’s character will appear to help out with the search for Seeley Booth. If you’ve been keeping tabs on Season 11, you may already know Booth will be missing during the first episode of the season for “a personal reason.”
In order to streamline the story, the premiere episode will feature a time jump, picking up six months from where we left Bones and Booth in the finale. At the end of Season 10, the two characters had quit their jobs at the Jeffersonian to start a new life away from the lab. This was done because Booth dealt with a lot of personal demons during Season 10 in relation to his gambling addiction. However, since the main Bones set is a really big and expensive set, the ultimate plan is to bring the characters back to the do the work they do best. A time jump and a missing Booth could do a lot to reset the series for Season 11.
Raver’s casting has been announced just a few days after another popular TV face has also been added to Bones for Season 11. Betty White has also signed on to guest star on the show as a squintern who butts heads a bit with Brennan. Her gig on the show won’t occur until late October.
As much as I like the idea of White as a squintern, I’m very excited to see what Raver brings to the table. Even better news: apparently, Raver was well-liked on set and could return in the future—which is a real possibility, considering she doesn’t currently have another full time TV gig lined up.
Bones is expected to hit the schedule on Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Sleepy Hollow will also hit Fox’s schedule that night, at 9 p.m. ET. You can find out when the rest of your favorites are returning with our fall TV premiere schedule.