Monday, September 22, 2014

Michaela Conlin, a Parkland grad, has rattled 'Bones' for a decade


Parkland High School graduate Michaela Conlin was already a veteran of two failed TV shows when she trudged down to the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City to shoot a pilot for a police procedural called "Brennan."
Even though the role of forensic artist Angela Montenegro seemed pretty juicy, Conlin knew it was a long shot that the series would get air time, let alone flourish.
"Pilot season in L.A. is just this blood bath," says Conlin. "They make so many pilots and such a small percentage are picked up. And then if you are picked up, there are so many variables. You have to get a good time slot, and you have to get promoted. And then you have to thrive in that time slot.
"It's just incredibly competitive…I had passed on two other pilots to do ['Brennan'] and I remember thinking, 'This thing better last a season or two.'"
As it turns out, "Brennan" — after a name change to "Bones" — was not only picked up for a season or two but it has become one of the longest running shows on prime time TV.
"Bones" returns for its 10th season on Sept. 25. It's a milestone few series reach, especially today.
"It's really kind of crazy," says Conlin. "It blows my mind."...


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