Emily Deschanel Joins TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ in First TV Role Since ‘Bones’ Ended

Actress will play recurring role of Angela on drama’s upcoming fourth season

Last Updated: February 7, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

Emily Deschanel has joined the fourth season of TNT’s drama “Animal Kingdom” in her first TV role since “Bones” ended, TheWrap has learned.

Deschanel has signed on as a recurring guest star, playing Angela. Here is the official character description for the part: Recently released from prison, Angela is Julia’s (Pope’s deceased twin sister) former best friend, a recovering junkie who arrives at the Cody house trying to snake her way back into the family’s  good graces. She’s a survivor, scrappy, manipulative and an addict. Angela’s history as Julia’s drug buddy gives her power, as she tries to seduce Pope (Shawn Hatosy), is hated by J (Finn Cole) and under suspicion by Smurf (Ellen Barkin).

The part marks Deschanel’s first TV role since she and David Boreanaz-led “Bones” wrapped its 12-season run on Fox in March 2017.

“Animal Kingdom” was renewed by TNT for Season 4 last July, midway through the series’ third season. Based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, “Animal Kingdom” stars Barkin, Hatosy, Cole, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Molly Gordon and Carolina Guerra.

As TheWrap previously reported excluively, “Mortal Engines” star Leila George has also signed on for a recurring part on Season 4 of the drama.

Deadline first reported Deschanel’s casting.