Pilot view: ABC's new drama 'Body of Proof'
Editor’s note: We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews, and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.
"Body of Proof" follows Dr. Megan Hunt, an accomplished neurosurgeon who becomes a medical examiner after a car accident renders her incapable of operating. She's sharp and driven, and sometimes that's a problem, especially when it means she's interfering with police work. She's also divorced and has lost custody of her daughter.
Who's in it: Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives") as Dr. Megan Hunt; Jeri Ryan ("Leverage") as Dr. Kate Murphy, her boss; Geoffrey Arend ("500 Days of Summer") as Dr. Elliot Gross; John Carroll Lynch ("K-Ville") as Det. Bud Morris; Windell Middlebrooks ("The Suite Life On Deck") as Dr. Curtis Brumfield; Nic Bishop ("Past Life") as Peter Dunlap; and Sonja Sohn ("The Wire") as Det. Samantha Baker.
Who made it: New TV scribe Chris Murphey wrote it.
Thumbs up: Delany is terrific. We've seen strong-willed medical examiners on TV before (paging Dr. Quincy or Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh), but Delany really stands out as an emotionally troubled and heartbroken woman who excels at her job. Supporting cast members, especially Bishop, also are strong.
Thumbs down: Her interfering with police work can be a bit preposterous, but the cast makes it work. And, yes, it's another crime procedural.
Verdict: This could be the female-led procedural that ABC has been working toward. We'd watch more.
— Maria Elena Fernandez
Video credit: ABC