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August 1, 2014, 10:30 pm

Michael Clarke Duncan in new ‘Bones’ spin-off

Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan will co-star in the new Fox drama “The Finder,” premiering at 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. A spin-off of the popular series “Bones,” “The Finder” takes over the time slot while Emily Deschanel is out on maternity leave.    

Based on “The Locator” novels by Richard Greener, the series centers on Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former Iraq War vet who suffered brain damage during an explosion. “His mind doesn’t work normally anymore,” Hart Hanson, creator of both “Bones” and “The Finder,” explains in a TV Guide interview. “He believes he now possesses special ‘finder’ powers.”

Walter searches the Florida Keys for missing people, human remains and objects with the help of three associates, including the “hulking” ex-attorney Leo Knox, played by Duncan. “Leo tries to pick up the human damage that Walter leaves behind,” says Hanson.

They are joined by Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson), a “scheming” 16-year-old waiting tables in Leo’s bar per the terms of her probation, and Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn), “an ambitious deputy U.S. marshal sharing Walter’s bed.”

“After doing six season of ‘Bones,’ will they or won’t they?” says Hanson. “These two consummate their sexual tension all the time. The question is: Will they find a way to take the next step?”    

In the series premiere, a teen asks Walter to locate his father, who went missing after his plane vanished in the Florida wilderness. Meanwhile, Leo tires to make a paroled juvenile delinquent feel at home at the Ends of the Earth bar; and Walter helps Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty recover a stolen guitar.

In 2000, Duncan, a Chicago native who once worked as a ditch digger for People’s Gas Company, was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his poignant portrayal of death row inmate John Coffey in “The Green Mile.” He was also featured in the box office blockbusters “Armageddon,” “Daredevil” and “The Whole Nine Yards.”

 

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