Saffron Burrows Re-Cast on Bones Spin-Off Show The Finder

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Apparently British actress Saffron Burrows’ “cockney accent” was too much for the producers of “The Finder”, that “Bones” spin-off show that has since been greenlit for series by FOX. According to EW, “the network has decided to re-conceive the role” played by Burrows, though the site speculates that could be because of the cockney accent that Burrows used in the show’s backdoor pilot, which was also an episode of their hit “Bones” earlier this year.

I have to admit, I watched that “Bones” episode and I didn’t really notice Burrows was using an accent, cockney or otherwise. Then again, I watch a lot of British movie/TV, so maybe I just didn’t notice it nearly as much as, say, some network suit who decided it was too “thick”.

Which, in itself, is an odd reason to re-cast Burrows. She’s played an American in plenty of movies and TV shows, so unless the network just wanted a new actress in a role, I don’t know why they couldn’t just ask her to do an American accent on the show. Or it could be they actually meant it when they said they wanted to “re-conceive” the character, a bartender who helps the main character with his cases.

“The Finder” stars Geoff Stults as an ex-soldier who, after getting some metal stuck in his head during his tour of duty in the Middle East, develops the ability to “find” just about anything and everything. No idea how that would work, but I guess that’s why there’s a show — to explore it. Michael Clarke Duncan is the other main character.

As early as last week, FOX was still using scenes from the “Bones” episode as “The Finder’s” calling card, though as you’ll notice at the end they conveniently didn’t mention Burrows’ name as “starring” in the show, only Michael Clarke Duncan and Stults.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    The episode was solid, and Burrows’ accent didn’t bother me at all. As a matter of fact it added to the character (plus I have a thing for sexy british ladies). I mean if Fiona in “Burn Notice” can have an accent why can’t this character.

  • Sotu

    Whatever they are going to decide. That bones episode was crap. It was just a pitch for a new show and the already many characters on bones were sharing screen time with 3 new people who were taking their fair share of the lime light. perhaps a two episode arc would have been better. But if that what we saw is going to be what is installed for us, then regardless of the accent it is not going to survive.

  • Piolenc

    I enjoyed the Bones episode despite the bite it took out of that show’s normal format. It was clearly a test for a spinoff show and, sure enough, the regular Bones format returned in the following episode. I liked the characters as shown in the sneak pilot, ESPECIALLY the wiseass cockney bartender who was the perfect complement to The Finder’s rather abstract talent, which was mostly exercised off-screen; she could look at a crowded room and instantly discern complex relationships and arrangements; you might call her The Perceiver. Pity the producers chose to destroy the most potent character in the new series before it even began. I’ll watch the first episode to see how bad the damage is; if it’s as bad as I expect I won’t be coming back.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah this is a bad move. But I’m hoping they rethink it or at the very least get someone just as good.

  • Owencat

    The accent was awful – it’s wot iz nown az in vu yew-kay az “mockney” – a mock (false) cockney accent, usually put on by a posh person.