'Bones' Season 7: Spoilers straight from producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan

bones-s7-emily-david.jpgPraise the Jeffersonian: "Bones" returns from its extra-long summer break Thursday night (Nov. 3). 

In case you weren't pumped up enough already, showrunners Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan recently spoke to reporters about what we can expect from the first half of Season 7, including more Cam, more Hodgins, more crossovers with "The Finder" and more about the newest Squintern, Finn. Read on for, well, more! (Warning, light spoilers ahead.)

First things first: Star Emily Deschanel is "doing great" after the birth of her first child in September, Hanson says. "She is really healthy. The baby is really healthy." Production is gearing up to start again on Dec. 1.

What can we learn about the newest Squintern, Finn, played by Luke Kleintank? Hanson and Nathan confirmed that he'll be a recurring character. "He's phenomenal," Hanson says. Nathan adds, "He's already returning. We'll get into that in the last 11 [episodes]. I don't want to give anything away, but he comes back and it's quite a nice involvement with the other characters."

As for other new characters, Hanson says, "Babies do tend to drag relatives out of the woodwork, so we have some. Booth and his grandfather and his father's story in the first six is maybe one of the best episodes of 'Bones' ever, certainly an amazing performance by David Boreanaz and I'm dying for everyone to see."

But don't think that means the rest of the Jeffersonian gang won't get attention. Nathan and Hanson confirm that Hodgins ( T.J. Thyne) and Angela ( Michaela Conlin) will be getting a lot more back story in the beginning of the season. "We're going to hear a little bit about his grandfather and see him kind of dive in in episode 6 with our new resident villain," Nathan says. 

"We have a story in our pocket about Hodgins' brother," Hanson adds, but they'll only do the story if they can cast the perfect actor for the part. 

Cam ( Tamara Taylor) gets a little more to do too, but not until the second half of the season. "A lot of stuff with her daughter," Nathan says. "She also is going out with a doctor still. So, all of that is going to be explored in the second half of the season when we come back, but we just had so much to do with Booth and Brennan that it was very, very difficult to service everybody as much as we would like. We keep asking the network -- the network will only give us an hour. I don't know why."

If you want to see more "Bones" outside of the weekly episode, you might want to keep an eye on FOX's new spinoff, "The Finder." Hanson says you'll see many familiar faces on the new series, including an already-shot episode in which Sweets ( John Francis Daley) helps with an investigation. If they get their wish, Hodgins will be the next one to visit.

"We're closing in on having a conspiracy theory episode in which the ideal character, of course, is Jack Hodgins to come down and be dueling conspiracy theorists with Walter. The idea is really funny," Hanson says. "We just have to make sure that T.J. is available and that it fits into his schedule, but it's looking pretty good for that. We want to do one more. We don't know what it is yet. By the way, we're also looking to see if there is a place and a room for Stephen Fry to appear in a 'Finder' episode as Gordon Gordon Wyatt."

Finally, look for episode 7 of "Bones" to tackle the delicate topic of religion vs. science, a theme that will definitely recur as the scientific Bones and more spiritual Booth discuss how they'll raise their child. "They used to have these kind of theoretical arguments about God versus science," Hanson says. "Well, now the stakes are raised. It has to do with the upbringing and shaping of a human being."

"Bones" premieres at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on FOX.
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