EW Description: “Dana Delany does some dead reckoning on ABC’s brisk new crime drama. She stars as a prickly, brilliant neurosurgeon who finds redemption as a medical examiner after a debilitating car accident.”
Ten years ago, all procedural crime shows had a very cut and dry feel to them. Eventually, people seemed to get sick of the impersonality and wanted something more quirky. Now, with shows like Bones and NCIS, procedurals all seem to feel they need quirky and interesting characters. All procedurals need a hook now. Body of Proof is just the latest in this genre.
Dana Delany stars as Dr. Megan Hunt, a neurosurgeon who is now a medical examiner. In the world of this show, the medical examiner works alongside detectives to solve crimes, regardless of the fact that’s not actually what a medical examiner does. Just like crime scene investigators don’t interview suspects and make arrests, medical examiners don’t actually meet with the victims’ families to interview them.
There’s a lot of suspension of disbelief going on in this show. The characters try a little too hard to be edgy and the need to give Megan a debilitating hand problem seems unnecessary. Then there’s the ridiculous dialogue. Sentences like “I care about the dead because they can’t speak for themselves” are just the type of profoundness at which the show attempts and mostly fails. With the exception of Megan, no characters are particularly memorable and I found myself zoning out more than I wanted to.
This isn’t necessarily a bad show. It’s just not particularly good. Maybe it seems like I’m being too harsh, but I’m so sick of procedural crime dramas like this. Each one is less inventive than the last and they’re cluttering the TV landscape. What really makes me angry is that this show, which is basically like Bones, NCIS, CSI, or any other procedural, is probably going to get renewed while a fantastic show (Parenthood) in its same timeslot will likely end up on the chopping block.