Following a last minute renewal, which saw the so-so rated Body of Proof renewed for a third season of 13 episodes, the drama series is undergoing a number of big changes for its upcoming third season. Three actors, all of whom have been with the series since the pilot, will not be coming back next season as their options for season three have not been picked up, TVWise has confirmed. Those three actors who wont be returning are Sonja Sohn who played Detective Samantha Baker, Nicholas Bishop who played ME Investigator Peter Dunlop and John Carroll Lynch who played Detective Bud Morris. That said, I hear that the reasons these three actors were let go were creative rather than budgetary.
I have also learned that, in an attempt to re-focus the series and attract higher ratings, three new writers have joined the ABC Studios/Gross Entertainment procedural for its third season. Evan Katz (a former 24 executive producer and former show-runner of NBC’s The Event) has joined the series as a writer/executive producer, Krystal Houghton Ziv (CSI: Miami) has joined the series as a writer/producer and Alexi Hawley (Castle) has also joined the series as a writer/producer. I also hear that the series is on the look out for two actors to join the main cast for season three. I’m told that both of these characters will be police detectives, one of whom Megan Hunt has a romantic history with.
Despite theses changes and the fact that the series only received a 13 episode mid-season order, I hear that, owing to the fact that Body of Proof is one of a number of series to win an allocation of tax credits via the California Film Commission’s tax credit lottery, the drama series is likely to receive a back order. That said, how many episodes will largely depend on how ABC’s new shows fare this fall. I’m told that if one of the new dramas fails to take off, Body of Proof will be scheduled to launch sooner than mid-season, making a full season order likely. However if, as is currently planned, the series does not launch until January I’m told it is more likely that the back order would be in the 5-6 episode range, making for a 18-19 episode season.