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Herc Says The Terrible BODY OF PROOF Offers More Proof That ABC Programming Chief Stephen McPherson Had To Go Go Goooo!!

Published at: March 29, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST by hercules

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An super-hacky hourlong from writer Chris Murphey (the SciFi Channel TV-movie “Dead Lawyers”) about a former neurosurgeon who solves crimes, “Body of Proof” stars Dana Delany (“China Beach,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Dr. Megan Hunt, medical examiner.

It’s a terrible show, perhaps the last to stagger out of the long-dead regime of long-ago ousted ABC programming quisling Steve McPherson, and redeemed only a bit for affording us the opportunity to gander again at Dana Delany, likely the hottest 55-year-old alive.

USA Today says:

Anyone still searching for proof Dana Delany is a TV star need look no further. If she can motor a vehicle as clunky and ridiculous as Body of Proof, she can do just about anything TV stardom requires. … while she's obviously too good for her show, the later episodes offer at least some evidence it might be able to rise a little closer to her level. …

The New York Times says:

… orthodoxy may be the main problem with “Body of Proof” — it’s well made and enjoyable enough, but it follows convention so closely that it doesn’t give Ms. Delany, an actress with range and great presence, a chance to riff on the genre. …

The Los Angeles Times says:

… At least "Body of Proof" has Delany, who's always interesting to watch even when she's uttering unfortunate lines such as "I'm not most people" or "Don't believe everything you've heard about me. The truth is much worse." Likewise, though she is surrounded by a cast of cookie-cutter characters, the actors who play them are equally solid …

The Washington Post says:

… the always-appreciable Dana Delany does her level best to lift “Body of Proof,” a paint-by-numbers morgue drama …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

… seems less likely to drive viewers away, at least not viewers content with whodunit crime procedurals. "Body of Proof" fits neatly and blandly in that tired category. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

… doesn't break any new ground as a procedural and has more than enough hokey moments to make you look elsewhere. But as a case study of how and why star vehicles get made, this is textbook. Fans of Delany won't want to miss it. …

The Boston Herald says:

… often painful to sit through, but fortunately, not lethal. … arrives cold, but with a little care, the patient could be resuscitated. …

The Boston Globe says:

… Watching “Body of Proof’’ is like walking a path you’ve walked so many times you don’t even need to look where you’re going. You just need to keep good company, so you’ll at least be distracted from the monotony while you’re on autopilot. … It’s too bad “Body of Proof’’ is so unambitious and, at times, clumsy, as it goes through the motions of solving murder mysteries. …

Variety says:

… Although unlikely to knock 'em dead and become the hit ABC could seriously use, the show could be another "Castle," especially since it uses "Dancing With the Stars" to point an older female audience its way. … the lingering mystery is whether Delany will prove a powerful enough draw as what amounts to the show's one live body, surrounded mostly by stiffs.

10 p.m. Tuesday. ABC.

 

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  • March 29, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    what was that film she was in with Rosie O'Donnnell (shudder)?

    by alan_poon

    She was mostly wearing suspenders as I recall.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Nope, I think V was all the proof that anyone needed, Herc!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Throw in Private Practice for good measure too. They cancelled the increasingly better FlashFoward and kept the awful V series!

  • March 29, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    alan_poon

    by Kwame

    That would be "Exit to Eden"...land of corsets & whips & sub-servient nitwits.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    That doesn't even make any sense

    by newc0253

    you talk about the 'body of evidence' because evidence is cumulative. It adds up.<p> proof, on the other hand, is just proof. You got any, you got enough.<p> so calling a show 'body of proof' reaks of stupidity.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    It's not a dramedy?

    by Truxton Spangler

    The only thing worth remembering from Exit to Eden was the pool scene. Rosie O'Donnell--permanently stricken. Delaney still has it. But she's going to be sharing that title once Sela Ward turns 55 in a few short months.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Except that V just happens to be the best sci-fi show on TV!

    by Sithdan

    FlashForward was just downright boring and drawn out to the point of tedium. V provides the fun!!!! Here's hoping for a third season!

  • March 29, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Herc - as one to list previous credits...

    by Himbo

    of interest to nerds: Let us not forget that the luscious Delany was the voice of TWO characters in the Dini-verse: Andrea Beaumont 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' and Lois Lane 'Superman'. I am going to Tivo this and watch it, purely because of Delany, whom I have adored since I first saw her in a guest spot on Moonlighting [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIPi0a2zUcY ] I think ABC would have more success in an FBI spin-off from Castle, where DD guest-starred last season in the big sweeps two-parter.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Dana Delany = sexiest Lois Lane ever

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That phone sex voice combined with that GORGEOUS character design (the lavendar eyes, those endless legs)...yowza.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    yes, we had to suffer thru Rosie O'Donnell...

    by TheSeeker7

    But for our troubles in "Exit To Eden", at least we got FULL FRONTAL from Delaney (including the huge bush... whoa)

  • March 29, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    newc0253

    by F-18

    The reason it's called "Body of Proof" is because she's a medical examiner and medical examiners autopsy dead bodies.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Hope it fails

    by TheBringerOfRain

    Bring back the squad from Detroit 1-8-7, we deserve more of a show that got better every week!

  • March 29, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Maybe This Is The End of Forensic Specialists Solving Murders?

    by frakthetoasters

    If only. Too many shows where CSI people are out of the lab in the field solving the crimes.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    JERI RYAN!!!

    by Jerry Danzig

    I haven't seen one episode of this show yet, but I can already complain that the biggest problem here is -- Jeri Ryan is in the cast, and she doesn't play the lead character!!! In fact, they hardly feature her in the promos at all. When will some network give this smart, talented, and incredibly sexy MILF her own series??? We're waiting...

  • March 29, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    In the battle of the better than their shows actresses,

    by jim

    whose is more watchable: McMurphy's dead body show or Jaye's doctors in the jungle show?

  • March 29, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    If you like Mad Men...

    by Truxton Spangler

    You'll have to wait until 2012. The rumors say that Weiner, who's being paid $30M over two years (or $1M+ per episode) is resisting AMC's requests for product placement, shorter run times, and cutting back on two regulars. Can't take sides with either, but the fact that both need this probably means that they'll sort it out. How much is a marquee property, with critical acclaim and a loyal, but small audience, worth?

  • March 29, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    mr spork

    by newc0253

    so she's a medical examiner, so what?<p> my point was 'body of evidence' is a well-known phrase, whereas 'body of proof' means precisely fuck-all.<p> pointing out she works with dead bodies still don't make it any less dumb.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    newc0253 - I think I have it

    by Himbo

    I think I know why they are calling it BoP. Did an IMDB search and there are many, many projects titled Body of Evidence, INCLUDING the Delany show. So maybe they started as BoE and changed it to BoP to avoid confusion? 'Body of Proof' yields only this show.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    newc0253

    by F-18

    I was saying that's why the word "body" is in the title.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVWB2zNv4No&feature=related

    by tamethecunt

    From LIve nude Girls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVWB2zNv4No&feature=related

  • March 29, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, she's a superfox

    by schadenfreudian

    Still.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    They already know it's crap - they're putting it on fridays!

    by ahdvd

    Enough said.

  • March 30, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Quincy

    by Oceanlizard

    Another re-imaging of Quincy ME, and there was also Crossing Jordan, and probably many more.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Have her and Jeri scissorlock for an hour every episode

    by leo54304

    and they'll get the young male demographic every network wants. Hell, I'd tune in for that every week especially if they mix some oil or lotion or do it on a beach, the bedroom, Jeri's office the desk, on the examiners table, the kitchen table....

  • March 30, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Would love Dana to do voice work on "Archer"

    by leo54304

    She was great as Lois Lane on DCs animated stuff and would love to see her cut loose on an adult cartoon show like FXs "Archer" as a foul mouthed, sex crazed spy.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    just watched, the ending doesn't hold up.

    by paulloch

    it's circumstantial evidence. if she lawyered up, they had zero evidence to tie her to the poisoning. any defense attorney could have argued, that the kids or the husband could have done it.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Actually Sela Ward may be the hottest 55yr old alive

    by keitha33

    But Dana is pretty close.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    House for women who don't like House

    by Himbo

    was how this struck me. I liked it better than expected, though it felt clunky. Problem with the mystery solution, is that while medically accurate, required medical knowledge that in NO way was presented within the narrative itself. Even on a show like house, if you pay attention to the story structure, you can frequently figure what type of solution it is, just by how the writers structure the story. I've a pretty good record at figuring medical/crime mysteries out, not because of medical knowledge, but because of narrative/story knowledge. So when I related this observation to my wife (a medical professional) she said "I might have to watch this". She said this grudgingly, because she loathes Dana Delany. Also, as an aside on the Sela Ward v. Dana Delany competition. The same actor plays the ex-husband in BoP, as played Sela Ward's character's exhusband on her show "Once and Again." Coincidence?

  • March 31, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    paulloch re lawyering

    by Himbo

    You are correct sir. That is why I can't stand the CSI shows, which are built around characters spilling their guts at the end when any 'Law & Order' attorney character would shut them down. One of the things I LOVED about NYPD Blue, was that the characters KNEW that if they couldn't cajole a confession before the suspect Lawyered-up, that they were screwed.