Is Bones spinning off a second show? It sure sounds like it.
Fox is working on a series project that would revolve around a new character who will be introduced into the Bones world in the Dec. 6 episode, Deadline reports.
The character, Walter Sherman, is described as an eccentric but amusing recluse in high demand for his ability to find anything. He is skeptical of everything -- he suffered brain damage while overseas, which explains his constant paranoia -- and known for asking offensive, seemingly irrelevant questions to get to the truth.
Walter's also a former military policeman who served with Booth (David Boreanaz) in Iraq, but they don't get along. Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel), meanwhile, will be intrigued by Walter. The character is expected to recur on Bones throughout this season.
The spinoff, also from Bones creator Hart Hanson, is contingent on whether a suitable actor is found to play Walter. Casting is expected to begin soon.
Bones, now in its sixth season, pulled in 9.8 million viewers for its most recent episode.