Could procedural series Body of Proof be making a return to ABC after initially being cancelled by the network this past May?
Deadline is reporting that ABC is looking to revive the series and that talks with ABC Studios have been underway since September, with a final decision expected to be reached by next month. The attempted resurrection may prove to be problematic as the cast and crew of the series have since moved onto other projects
Created by Christopher Murphey, Body of Proof follows Dr Megan Hunt and her colleagues as she performs her duties as a member of the Medical Examiner’s office for Philadelphia. The main cast for the first two seasons included Dana Delany, Nicholas Bishop, Jeri Ryan, John Carroll Lynch, Sonja Sohn, Geoffrey Arend, Windell Middlebrooks and Mary Mouser. However, after narrowly avoiding cancellation at the end of season 2, ABC & ABC Studios announced that the series would be revamped for its thirteen episode third season. That revamp saw the departure of regular cast members Nicholas Bishop, John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn. To fill the void left by those characters, Mark Valley and Elyes Gabel joined the series as police detectives, with Valley playing a character named Tommy Sullivan who has a romantic history with Dr Hunt.
The reported move to attempt to bring the series back comes as ABC’s new drama series have failed to click with audiences, with the average audience of the third season of Body of Proof outperforming many recent additions such as Betrayal and Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. The cancellation of the series back in may had been a surprise as, despite so-so ratings, Body of Proof has been a big seller for ABC Studios global sales division Disney Media Distribution. Should the series make a return it would be good news for UK broadcaster Alibi who, under the terms of an existing deal with DMD, would hold the rights to season 4.