In ABC’s new drama “Body of Proof,” Dana Delany plays Dr. Megan Hunt, a driven Philadelphia neurosurgeon who faces a new career when a car accident ends her ability to practice surgery.
The demands of her job had already contributed to a divorce from her husband, Todd Fleming (Jeffrey Nordling), and the loss of custody of her daughter, Lacey (Mary Mouser).
Hunt suffers from paresthesia, which means she has random attacks of numbness and cramping of her hands, but the condition didn’t show itself until her first operation after the accident.
She lost control of her instruments and her patient died on the operating table.
Five years later Hunt is a medical examiner and she is determined to find out who or what has killed the victims she encounters. She is also finding that their lives and the lessons they hold can be applied to her own personal journey of redemption and forgiveness.
This is an extremely well-suited role for Delany, one in which she can demonstrate intelligence, fortitude and vulnerability, and it should be particularly absorbing to watch her try to repair her relationship with her daughter.
Delany has a solid backup cast including Jeri Ryan as Hunt’s boss Dr. Kate Murphey; Nicholas Bishop as Hunt’s partner, Medical Investigator Peter Dunlop; John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris and Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross.
If the pilot episode is any evidence, “Body of Proof” is a fresh take on the crime-solving genre of shows.
“Body of Proof” premieres at 9 p.m. March 29 on ABC.
– Melissa Hayer