Who plays angela in bones?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I can’t help but wonder if the actress who plays Angela on “Bones” is related to the musician from ZZ Top who plays her father on the show. Is he her father in real life?

A: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is not the real-life father of Michaela Conlin, who plays Angela. But people have wondered about that because the show plays with whether that’s supposed to be Gibbons as Angela’s father and whether Gibbons is Conlin’s father.

Gibbons’ character is not named on the show but is clearly meant to be a rock star. Series creator Hart Hanson said in 2010 that Gibbons is “playing himself, but he’s playing a different version of himself. (And) I’m sure that Michaela’s father would like me to say that Billy Gibbons is not her father.”

In the same interview, reported by TV Tango, “Bones” star Emily Deschanel said Gibbons has added to the mystery: “He told me that people that he knows personally believe that he is (Conlin’s) father. He didn’t correct them because they thought it was so funny that they believed that.”

Q: There used to be a show called “Early Edition.” Is there any chance of anything of that sort being brought back?

A: For those of you tuning in late, “Early Edition” aired on CBS from 1996 to 2000. It starred Kyle Chandler — later to be beloved for “Friday Night Lights” — as a man who began receiving the next day’s edition of a newspaper. With that advance information, he could try to prevent the bad things reported in the paper from happening. While we have had plenty of shows where people try to change history, including the current dramas “Timeless” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” I don’t know of any plans for one using the premise on “Early Edition.”

Q: What is the status of “Notorious”?

A: I am guessing you are referring to the episode on Nov. 17, the ninth in the series, which has taken a break while ABC airs some other programming. There is another episode scheduled for Dec. 8, but the network has called that the “season finale,” a bad sign for the future of the show. To be sure, some series do short seasons — but with “Notorious,” what had been planned as a 13-episode initial run was cut back to 10 episodes after the ratings proved disappointing. So that 10th episode on Dec. 8 may indeed be the last we see of the drama.

Q: Why do TV shows use canned laughter? It just makes the shows less funny. It is very annoying.

A: It has also been around for close to 70 years. To be sure, some comedies do without. Others record the reactions of a studio audience (although, if the reaction is too tepid, those laughs may be “sweetened” electronically with added sound). But some simply add the laughs because, as Jennifer Keishin Armstrong recently wrote for BBC.com, producers have wanted “some sort of audience reaction to make the viewing experience more communal,” as could be had in a theater. But just the right reaction, too. Armstrong noted that Charley Douglass, the sound engineer credited with the first use of prerecorded laughs, “hated that the studio audiences on the U.S. TV channels’ shows laughed at the wrong moments, didn’t laugh at the right moments, or laughed too loudly or for too long.” So an electronic companion was born.

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‘Bones’ is not a great show. I watched it for 12 years anyway.


Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) in the first and last seasons of “Bones.” (Isabella Vosmikova/Fox; Patrick McElhenney/Fox)By Caitlin MooreCaitlin Moore Assignment editor for pop culture Assignment editor March 29, 2017

The way I started watching “Bones” is the way I have continued to consume the show over the past dozen years: while doing something else.

After flipping through channels, trying to find background noise to finish a high school essay, I stumbled on Fox’s then-new crime procedural. Though it was meant as a distraction, I became engrossed and decided to keep watching the episode. And the next week’s. And the next.

I am now 28 years old, and although much has changed in my life over the past decade-plus, “Bones” has remained steadfast. The 246th and final episode aired Tuesday night, where we learned that (spoiler alert!) everything ended as happily as it possibly could’ve. A massive explosion at the Jeffersonian was no match for its employees: All injuries and uncertain paths were neatly tied up by the end of the episode.

Despite my loyal viewership, I know that “Bones” is no “Cheers,” “M.A.S.H.” or “Friends,” going down in the annals of television history. It is a show about a ragtag group of work colleagues who solve murders by looking at corpses, deal with personal problems and still somehow find a way to write academic papers and invent new technology in a tight 42 minutes.

Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a genius forensic anthropologist, deals exclusively in logic. Her work counterpart is the blue-collar-at-heart FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), who always trusts his instincts. We are made aware of this opposites-attract dynamic over and over again. “The rational side of me needs to know that is true. Empirically. But statistically that’s impossible,” Brennan says in one episode. “Trust the gut, baby. Always trust the gut,” Booth says in another. (The show never dealt in subtleties.)


From left, Booth (David Boreanaz), Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) star in a first-season episode of “Bones.” (Sam Urdank/Fox)

The other main characters — Jack Hodgins, Angela Montenegro, Cam Saroyan, James Aubrey and the dearly departed Zack Addy (institutionalized after helping a cannibalistic serial killer, natch) and Lance Sweets (shot and killed) — helped make up the emotional core, lending humor to material that could often be formulaic and trite.

When it premiered, Post TV critic Tom Shales called the Fox show “one more unnecessary series to TV’s overpopulation of dramas about forensic criminology.” But it’s that exact issue — a lack of originality or surprises — that, perhaps counterintuitively, has kept viewers coming back for years. It’s the anti-prestige drama, a show that engenders no recaps or convoluted conspiracy theories. You can miss an episode and not be worried about being spoiled at work the next day. It is the perfect treadmill show: something to be watched while performing other tasks. Other procedurals such as “Law & Order” or “CSI” could also fill that space, but “Bones” had an air of levity that made it stand out. As gross and upsetting as some murders and backstories could be, a lighthearted comment or mock-disgusted reaction was never too far behind. The recyclable murder plotlines were secondary to the characters we came to know. Were Bones and Booth ever going to get together? Or Hodgins and Angela? Could Zack really be a killer?

But departing from formulaic crime-solving can be a double-edged sword. To spice it up a little after Zack’s departure in Season 4, the show employed a rotating cast of interns. While some became important characters in their own right, the large majority added little to the plot, and tended to function merely as a handy deus ex machina for Booth or Brennan’s personal issues.


Brennan and Booth interview a competitive gymnast, played by guest star and Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, left, in a 2013 episode. (Patrick McElhenney/Fox)

The show regularly sandwiched in gimmicky and jarring cameos. A recent episode featured David Faustino, who played Bud Bundy on “Married … With Children,” as … David Faustino. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons played Angela’s dad; Cyndi Lauper portrayed a psychic named Avalon Harmonia; Betty White played an intern; Penny Marshall appeared as herself; and even “Family Guy’s” Stewie Griffin appeared in animated form. But don’t worry: Booth only saw Stewie because he was suffering from an undiagnosed brain tumor. Duh.

Tumors weren’t the only tragedy to befall the “Bones” team, who may have been the unluckiest group of people in the world. Characters suffered stalkings, kidnappings, explosions, thefts, car accidents and paralysis. They were shot at and they shot others. Three different characters were buried alive.

“Bones” struggled to find a steady audience, which wasn’t helped by Fox’s constant time-slot moving. The show aired at a variety of times on different weekdays throughout its run. Crossovers with the network’s other shows such as “Family Guy” or “Sleepy Hollow” never proved helpful to either series. (Remember “The Finder”? Neither do we.) And of all the product placement on TV, “Bones” had the most egregious examples. Other shows may feature a car, but “Bones” will feature the car’s features. Prominently.

The show dealt with issues that meet any long-running series; a constant need for new material tends to result in a rehashing of old. After six seasons, Bones and Booth stopped their fevered will-they-won’t-they and just did, resulting in children and marriage. Angela constantly talked about returning to the art world, but never actually left the Jeffersonian. We were supposed to care about Cam and Arastoo’s wedding, but after multiple interoffice romances, we just didn’t.

And despite its longevity, the series received only two Emmy nominations: one for visual effects and one for art direction. Say what you will about the show, but its dead-body game was on point. A body melted in a tub? Sure. A man accidentally cut into bits by a hay baler? Of course.


Booth, left, and Brennan investigate a dead body found mummified in a wall at a night club in a 2005 episode of “Bones.” (Isabella Vosmikova/FOX)

So, when I’ve mentioned that I still watch this adult version of “Scooby Doo,” most people’s question is: Why?

The answer is simple.

“Bones” was always there. (Literally. It’s on TNT as I type.) It was a steady, innocuous presence. It was totally random that I happened upon this show 12 years ago, but much like a meet-cute in a romantic comedy, the love subtly grew. “SVU” may shake you to your core, and “Criminal Minds” may have a great group dynamic, but “Bones” and its plentiful romantic subplots and too-easily-solved homicides were mine. What else will I watch while cleaning my apartment? Which techno theme song will I get stuck in my head now? It was not the best show on TV, but it was just what I needed. I make no bones about it.

Act Four: Goodbye and thank you to ‘Bones,’ the show that helped make me a critic

Correction: An earlier version of this post said the series finale aired Wednesday night. It was Tuesday. The article has been updated.

Michaela Conlin Bio

Who is Michaela Conlin?

Michaela Conlin is an American actress who is best known for her role as Angela Montenegro in the comedy-drama ‘Bones’. She is also famous for her performances in ‘Enchanted’, ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’, ‘The Disappointments Room’, ‘JAG’, etc.

Michaela Conlin: Age(40), Parents, Siblings, Family

Michaela Conlin was born on June 9, 1978, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. She is currently 40 years old. Her mother’s name is Denise Conlin(accountant) and her father’s name is Fran Conlin(contractor). Her father belongs to Irish descent whereas her mother is a Chinese. She has an older sister who is an important source of inspiration for her.

Her hobbies include traveling, tasting a variety of food, shopping and hanging around with friends.

Conlin holds American citizenship and her ethnicity is a mix of Chinese and Irish.

Michaela Conlin: Education, School/College University

Conlin attended Parkland High School and graduated from there in 1996. During her time in high school, she starred in ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. After that, she shifted to New York and joined New York’s University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from there with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater.

Michaela Conlin: Professional Life and Career

Michaela Conlin debuted her professional career at the age of 7. She started by appearing in several commercials and programs in Pennsylvania. She debuted her silver screen in 2001 from the crime drama film ‘Love the Hard Way’ in which she appeared as Cara. Also, she debuted her TV career in the same year from the series ‘Law & Order’.

She appeared in the TV series ‘The Division’ and ‘MDs’ by the following year and appeared in the film ‘Pipe Dream’ with Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker.

Conlin made her breakthrough from Fox’s procedural crime drama TV series ‘Bones’ from 205 to 2017 in which he appeared as Angela Montenegro. She shared the screen with David Boreanaz, Eric Milligan, and Emily Deschanel.

In addition, she appeared as Jules in the film ‘The Disappointment Room’ in 2016, Claire in the series ‘Casual’ in 2016, Sarah Nguyen in ‘Yellowstone’ in 2018, and many more.

Michaela Conlin: Awards, Nominations

It seems the actress of the film Bones’ has not been awarded and nominated in her work. We can hope that she will win awards and will make her fans happy as she is still active and focused on her career.

Michaela Conlin: Net Worth($4 million), Income, Salary

Michaela Conlin has an estimated net worth of around $4 million and she has earned that sum of money from her professional career. She is still active in her career and her net worth is expected to rise.

Michaela Conlin: Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

There was a rumor that she dated Iceland soccer legend Arner Gunnlaugsson in 2012 as they were spotted together but neither of them has talked about the rumor.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Body Size

She has a height of 5 ft. 9 inches and she weighs 58 kg. Also, Conlin has got brown eyes and dark brown hair. Her body measurement is 34-24-34 inches.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Michaela Conlin has around 250k followers on Twitter, about 51.4k followers on Instagram, and around 4.3k followers on Facebook.

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Bones Casting: Meet Angela’s Lesbian Lovah

Nichole plays Roxie Lyons, an artist’s assistant implicated in her boss’ death. Roxie, however, is more than just a suspect—she shares a romantic past with Angela. (She debunks the theory that she killed out of sexual jealousy by pointing out that she is a lesbian and that her boss was a man.)

Now what does this mean for Angela’s love life? Well, it certainly isn’t going to make Jack any happier with her! I ran into T.J. Thyne (whom I adore) at the Fox party, and when we discussed his character’s love life, he said, “Thank you for knowing that she dumped me!” Sounds like Jack isn’t going to be forgiving and forgetting any time soon.

In other news, yes, they are now casting for a hottie to play Jared Booth, Seeley’s high-ranking Navy officer brother. Jared has a strained relationship with Booth (David Boreanaz), a fond friendship with Cam (Tamara Taylor) and eyes for Brennan (Emily Deschanel). I’m pretty sure that’s not going to go over well with Booth, but I get the feeling the situation between Jared and Seeley is more about sibling rivalry than romantic competition.

David himself tells us, “We’ll dive into Booth’s past a little bit this season. Maybe we’ll see his younger brother and his grandfather. And we’ll see a little bit more of a vulnerable side to his character.”

More deets on that in a future post, along with dish from David, Emily and Michaela themselves about what’s to come in season four—but for now, post in the comments about what you think of Nichole’s casting and who should play Booth’s brother…

—Additional reporting by Jennifer Godwin and Natalie Abrams

Bones was a well of information and detail; forensics, legal, medical ⁠— even the personal lives of the main characters. Everything was fair game. Add in all that to twelve years’ worth of episodes and that’s a lot of content for us to keep up with. While we understood the main gist of the show and remembered the major event,s such as recurring serial killers or the progression of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth’s (David Boreanaz) relationship, there were a few things that may have slipped past our attentive radars. That’s why we’re sharing some of those fun facts here. Without further ado, here are 10 hidden details about the main characters that you never noticed…

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10 Emily Plays Angela

You’re not reading that wrong. As of current, Emily Deschanel plays a character named Angela on Animal Kingdom. This is ironic considering Angela, played by Michaela Conlin, was Emily’s character’s best friend on Bones. Plus, Deschanel and Conlin just so happen to be best friends in real life. It’s funny how these things are oftentimes interconnected. That, or Bones just continues to live on in other ways.

9 TJ Thyne Back In The Day

Remember Hodgins? The incredibly smart bug expert who marries Angela? Well, that character is played by none other than TJ Thyne. Turns out, Thyne played a character on David Boreanaz’s show Angel, which ran from 1999 to 2004. Towards the end of the series, Thyne played an unnamed lawyer for a few episodes. It’s kind of cool when you think about it; The world of film and television is truly a small one, where everybody seems to cross paths at one time or another. In the world of forensics, this is what we call proof.

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8 Pelant

Sound familiar? Christopher Pelant, played by Andrew Leeds, was a vicious hacker turned serial killer in the series that haunted the team for years. Half of his face became mutilated thanks to a shot fired by Booth into Pelant’s car windshield, making him appear all the more gruesome. He is one of the best-remembered villains of the series. Meanwhile, the actress that plays Christine, Booth and Brennan’s daughter, is paradoxically named Sunnie Pelant. Obviously Sunnie is adorable and a far cry from a serial killer; the shared surname is purely coincidental, yet we still find it peculiar.

7 Referred By Surname

Have you ever noticed how Angela never calls Hodgins by his first name? Few do. Jack Hodgins is his full name, but few ever refer to him as “Jack.” It’s especially weird in Angela’s case, seeing as she dated and eventually married the man. The two even share a son later on. Most husbands and wives refer to one another by their first names, or at least pet names. Then again, Jack and Angela aren’t the typical husband and wife team. They work together and, well, Angela is a bit unconventional. So, despite this weird occurrence, it’s strangely suiting for Angela to simply refer to her husband by his surname (most of the time).

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6 That’s A Mouthful

Angela’s full real name is elusive until the tenth season, though we were given the answers to pieces of her name over previous seasons. She’s embarrassed by her name, and when we find out what it is, we can certainly understand why. It’s unusual, sure, but you don’t exactly want to be called “Pookie” at the Jeffersonian. That’s not even the end of it. Her full name is “Pookie Noodlin Pearly-Gates Gibbons.” Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Not to mention that it’s something you don’t hear every day. In a way, it kind of suits Angela. However, we understand why she opted “Angela Montenegro.”

5 Angela’s Famous Father

Speaking of Angela, has anyone taken the time to notice just how famous her father is, let alone who he is? We know he’s eccentric ⁠— just look at the beard and sunglasses ⁠— and we know he’s a musician. Here’s the awesome part: he’s Billy Gibbons of famous rock ‘n’ roll band ZZ Top. That’s right, the guitarist and lead singer who brought you “La Grange” and “Legs” plays Angela’s father. Even cooler, it’s implied in the show that he really is Billy Gibbons (a fictionalized version of course, considering Angela is fictional). No wonder Angela is as cool as she is. To our humor, just about everyone is intimidated by him on the show as well. We love Billy’s inclusion to Bones for many reasons…too many to list here.

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4 Naming Names

All of the kids born to the main characters on Bones have relevant names. Meaning, they’re each named after someone important to their parents, either family or close friends. Booth and Brennan’s daughter is named Christine Angela, for Brennan’s mother and her best friend. Angela and Jack’s son is named Michael Vincent after an intern who was sadly murdered. Sweets and Daisy’s son is named after Booth and Sweets himself, since he was tragically killed before his son was born. It’s obvious how much friends and family mean to the Bones characters, and we love that it was incorporated into the names of their children for good measure.

3 Diet Coke

According to an interview with Emily Deschanel, she and David Boreanaz shared an ongoing joke. The two had a great working relationship and friendship. So much so that they had an agreement that they could enlighten the other about when they were being too annoying or simply needed to walk away from the other. At some point, it became a recurring joke, that if one was acting badly, they’d receive a Diet Coke. Emily, who doesn’t even drink soda, would realize who the Diet Coke was from right away (according to her, she didn’t do this as much to David as he did to her). It’s fun to know some of what goes on behind the scenes between our favorite characters in real life, so this is a cute tidbit to remember for future conversations with fellow Bones fans.

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2 Family Visits

Emily’s sister Zooey, also an actress, made a guest appearance in a Season 5 episode. The characters made obvious comments about the similarity in looks between the two; however, instead of playing her sister, Zooey played a distant cousin named Margaret. While Brennan initially dislikes her cousin due to Margaret’s constant quoting of Benjamin Franklin, the two are shown to be getting along better at the episode’s end as they celebrate Christmas in Brennan’s apartment. It’s pretty cool these real-life sisters got the chance to play opposite each other, and we enjoyed every minute of it.

1 The Twist In The Plot

We all know Bones follows the lives of the employees of the Jeffersonian. Specifically, Doctor Temperance Brennan. She busily solves crime by examining the bones until she finds her answers and struggles in her personal life from her family to her relationships. However, despite her busy schedule, she still finds the time to write books about Kathy Reichs, who solves crimes alongside characters that resemble the people Brennan works with. In real life, Kathy Reichs is an anthropologist and author that writes about Temperance Brennan. We’re glad she did, or else we wouldn’t have Bones. Plot twist? We think so.

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Bones’ Michaela Conlin on Angela and Hodgins’ Big Fight

Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers for Bones’ “The Last Shot at a Second Chance.”

Bones’ Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) nearly broke up in this week’s episode…but Angela was able to successfully get through to her husband, who has been a bubble of grief/misery since his paralysis diagnosis.

Things became extra complicated for the long-time couple in “The Last Shot at a Second Chance” as Angela had a romantic dream about her artistic mentor, Sebastian (Gil Darnell)—and Hodgins overheard his wife mention another man’s name in her sleep.

Hodgins, aware of how miserable he was (and that he was dragging his wife down, too), offered her an out: he handed over his assets and said their marriage was done. Angela was having none of it, and insisted she loved him and he was taking the coward’s way out. (And for Conlin and Thyne, the heartbreaking exchange was among their best performances of the series.)

Ultimately, she made her point—though they left work separately, Hodgins returned home to comfort a distraught Angela.

We spoke with Conlin about the episode’s emotional roller coaster.

Angela and Hodgins haven’t been in the best place since his accident. Going into this episode, how looped in were you to what was going to go down? And did they warn you before you read the Sebastian/Angela scene that it was going to be a fantasy vs. reality?
I was obviously relieved it was a fantasy. It was strange to do a scene . Angela used to do that stuff quite a lot, but she hasn’t in a few years. While I felt like it was real to who she is, obviously she’s married and she has a child. It was strange as an actor to feel like I was being unfaithful. I had to switch my mind back into that, because I haven’t had to do that in a while.

I really like that, because I have a lot of married friends, and I think it’s a very real thing to think about when you’re married. I feel like I really like that we’re seeing parts of the marriage several years in, and what happens when a tragedy strikes them. I like that the producers are allowing to have unpleasant thoughts towards each others this season. It feels real to me. It would be really weird if Hodgins came back and was happily zipping around in his chair; I just think it would be so strange. I’m glad they allowed us to do that.

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There’s a few beats into Angela’s fantasy where it seems like she actually is cheating on Hodgins before the reveal is made that it’s just a dream. How concerned were you about the fan reaction in those moments before people realized what was going on?
TJ is the one who is really been taking the brunt of that right now because of the way Hodgins has been treating Angela. He’s been really great about —as an actor, I think he understands you have to let people have those feelings so they can possibly pay off down the line.

I haven’t dealt with that a lot of that on social media, because Angela’s the recipient of the behavior. But I think the people who watch the show and know the characters, I don’t consider any of the negative, really. People are just surprised. And glad to see them do different things.

I don’t think you can worry about that as an actor. I don’t think you can concern yourself with how someone will react to that or it gets you into trouble. I think you have to make sure you’re doing it honestly. The producers do protect these characters, in a way. Through the years on the show, I feel like they’ve been very fair to these characters. I don’t think it’s good as an actor to go into something worrying about how someone will feel about it when it airs.

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What was the mood like when you and TJ were actually filming the attempted split?
That was a really rough scene, and we didn’t have a lot of time with that, because the script came out and it was shot very quickly in the beginning of the episode. I think we may have gotten it and then shot it the next day. I remember it being a very quick turnaround, which is television! That being said, it’s such a beautiful scene that when we got it, I was so excited to do it with .

It was very serious on set; the directors come in, and they know we know these characters really well, and he let us try things. It was a night that I will remember on the show, for sure.

Now that the duo seem to finally be heading in the right direction, where do they go from there?
It’s different. It’s definitely a little different for them.

Does Angela feel like she’s made a breakthrough?
Yeah, I do. Surprisingly, and this is another interesting thing about the show: for being such a forthright character as Angela is, and always telling people how she feels about something, or she’s upset about something–it’s not like she has reservations about doing that–but it’s interesting to me she hasn’t with him. I really liked that, actually. I thought that was such an interesting side to her.

At first, I was like, why wouldn’t she be speaking up, why is she taking this? But I think she understands on some level what has to happen for this to be okay. That was touched on last week in the scene with Angela and Brennan, when she was like, “This is what I signed up for. This is what it is.” But I do think episode, she has to get that out. She has to tell him, “I’m going to love you.” I was glad when we shot it; it was good to get it out and say it. I think Angela definitely needs that to move forward.

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