The premiere of ABC’s new series, Body of Proof [Tuesdays, 10/9C], presents as a procedural in which a crusty former neurosurgeon becomes a crusader medical examiner – a female Quincy, so to speak, but with fewer social graces and more intrusiveness. The situations which come up in the pilot are ludicrous but Delaney’s presence and will render them as acceptable as any forensic anthropologist teamed up with an FBI agent, or mystery novelist teamed up with a crack homicide detective.
When ABC presented its fall 2010 schedule, it was a major disappointment that Body of Proof, starring Dana Delaney as a brilliant neurosurgeon turned Medical Examiner hadn’t been included. The series had had incredible buzz and Delaney had a strong following from her time on Desperate Housewives and other projects dating all the way back to China Beach.
Today, ABC announced that Body of Proof will premiere on March 29, 2011. The press release follows the jump.
ABC has suffered some ratings losses as its once hot, innovative programming has lost some of its lustre. In an attempt to recapture some of that cool, buzzworthy cache, the network has added ten new series – six dramas, three comedies and an alternative [unscripted] series to its schedule.
The new drama series: Body of Proof, a police procedural centered around a former neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner; Detroit 1-8-7 – a documentary crew follows members of a certain Homicide Unit; My Generation – yen years after documenting a graduation high school class, a documentary crew revisits the graduates; No Ordinary Family [pictured] – a family on a vacation trip to the Amazon River changes an average American family in unexpected ways; Off the Map – five doctors who are without direction travel to rediscover why they wanted to become doctors; The Whole Truth – a unique legal series in that it gives us both sides of each case form each side’s point of view.
The new comedy series: Better Together – three couples who’ve been together for varying degrees of time deal with each other; Happy Endings – who gets to keep the friends when a couple breaks up?; Mr. Sunshine – the manager of a second-rate sports arena reaches a mid-level crisis when he turns forty.
Alternative series, Secret Millionaire follows wealthy people who leave their posh surrounds to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous communities in America.
Full show descriptions, cast lists and ABC’s full 2020-11 schedule follow the bump.