Having run out of Law and Order episodes I've gone back to rewatch Bones. I don't usually watch television shows a second time. I'm finding it interesting because I've followed the series since the beginning so I'm able to make connections now that I didn't before. Also, the second time through lets me consider the story-telling angle a little more and something stood out to me this morning...
(Little Boy wanted to watch Umizoomi and we record cartoons in the other room to leave the main television to the adults on occasion so I have the rare chance to watch it during the day)
But the thing I noticed was the insertion of background material. Maybe it wasn't a perfect way to do it because I did notice, but it was good because I did not roll my eyes and think "infodump." I'm on Season 2, Episode 15 and the main character is in bed with someone when the phone rings.
Don't answer, he says.
It might be my publicist. She replies, my new book is getting a lot of attention.
It brings up her book-writing in the beginning of an episode about her latest novel. Something I know because I've seen the shows (before and after), but it doesn't sound like something stuffed in there just to tell you what happened in case this was the first episode you've seen. Later on in the episode, however, they introduce Oliver, her ex-stalker, and there is a serious infodump, but the first one.... It was done well.