Body of Proof: 6 Things to Expect from the Revamped Season 3
Dana Delany | Photo Credits: Richard Foreman/ABC
Body of Proof creator and executive producer Matthew Gross has made it no secret that his ABC drama has undergone quite a makeover during its 10-month hiatus. But should existing fans be worried that they'll be watching a completely new series when Season 3 premieres (Tuesday at 10/9c, ABC)?
Yes and no. While the show will feature more police procedural-like plotlines this season, Gross, who prefers to think of the series as a "character-cedural," says the series will continue to focus on the characters at the center of those story lines — primarily Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) — and their emotions. "My first instinct is, 'Hey, let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater,'" Gross tells TVGuide.com. "Ten million people watch the show, so we don't want to alienate the audience we have. We want to keep them engaged and grow the audience.
"Yes, it's a redux and a reboot," he continues. "Our challenge this year was to incorporate the personal stories within the case, so you don't feel like you're leaving the main spine or thrust of that story to go tell a personal one. You want to sort of put it all into one capsule."
The third season picks up three months after the end of Season 2, with Megan returning from a mandated three-month sabbatical following the death of her partner, Peter (Nicholas Bishop). But she won't have much time to calmly transition back to working. The two-part premiere centers on a serial killer who's targeting veterans — and the case becomes extra personal for Megan once her daughter Lacy (Mary Mouser) becomes involved.
So, what's in store for Megan and the rest of the Body of Proof cast in the upcoming season? Here are six things fans can expect:
1. New Faces: With the departure of three of the show's main characters — Peter, Det. Bud Morris (John Carroll Lynch) and Det. Samantha Baker (Sonja Sohn) — at the end of last season, the cast has been filled out with the addition of new faces, most notably Lorraine Toussaint as new police chief Angela Martin and Mark Valley as Det. Tommy Sullivan, an ex of Megan's who recently transferred from New York City to Philadelphia. "Some of these characters had run their course," Gross admits. "We wanted to give Dr. Hunt someone who would stand up to her." Enter Tommy, who has transferred to Philadelphia, perhaps to win back his former flame. "They have this emotional backstory which, 20 some-odd years ago, they went out and he broke her heart. And now he's back to try to win her over."
Adds Valley: "She's the one who got away, and... he's thinking maybe he can get her back. ... They kind of complement each other. They're both rule-breakers, but they don't like to break each other's rule. She doesn't like it when Tommy impinges on the medical examiner's rules, and he doesn't like it when she tries to cross the line with the police rules. But, in their own specialties, they have no problem crossing that line. ... But one thing they do enjoy is solving these crimes together, and you can almost see them forget whatever the relationship was. You can see them just kind of enjoying getting to the bottom of things together."
2. A Different Side of Megan: With the one-two punch of Peter's death and Tommy's blast from the past, Megan is — reluctantly — forced to get in touch with her softer side, Delany says. "She's been on [a] sabbatical, against her wishes, and so she comes back to the office wanting to go to work, and everybody keeps asking about her feelings. And she hates talking about her feelings. ... She's terrified of feelings," Delany tells TVGuide.com. "For somebody who is that brilliant, she's absolutely a wuss when it comes to her feelings. And so, Tommy really challenges that. And I think her journey, if you want to call it that, is finally having to admit that she actually needs somebody, even so much that she goes to a psychiatrist to talk about her feelings, against her will."