Recently, at the Austin Film Festival, Bones executive producer Hart Hanson and David Boreanaz (Booth) said a few words about how important it is for their show to be as scientifically accurate as possible. In that same vein, Wired today has a profile on one of the women who makes sure Bones earns its authenticity points: fact-checker Donna Cline.
“I’m like the worst nightmare,” Cline said, “because I really want to start with reality.” Every week, Cline meticulously pores over Bones’s every idea, gadget, and plot twist to make sure that the cast, crew, and writers don’t stray too far afield of the here and now. And her jurisdiction goes beyond even the mass spectrometer and the putrefying bodies — indeed, Cline peers over the actors’ shoulders to make sure that they act correctly around corpses.
Fortunately, Cline said, she doesn’t have much to worry about in that particular arena. “The actors are amazing[.] … Emily is asked to do just all kinds of things that are very technical with the bodies … [t]he way she paces it, it’s amazing.”
Cline knows what she’s talking about — she has a master’s in biomedical illustration, and she did storyboards for The X-Files. When it comes to Bones, we're not sure which of these credentials carries more weight, but heck, we're all the happier to see that Cline can boast both!