About the Show
Brilliant and driven neurosurgeon Dr. Megan Hunt had it all, or so she thought. As the first female Head of Neurosurgery at a prominent Philadelphia university hospital, she never appreciated how the demands of her profession were taking a toll on her personal life until her husband divorced her and she lost custody of their then seven-year-old daughter. Still reeling from this emotional trauma, Megan soon suffered a physical one, a car accident that left her with a condition called paresthesia -- random attacks of numbness and cramping of her hands. Tragically, this condition failed to manifest itself until Megan's first trip back to the operating room. She lost control of her instruments and her patient died on the table. Megan's life as a neurosurgeon was over.
Five years later Megan has found a new life as a Medical Examiner. Although she's no longer in the business of fixing what's wrong with living patients, she's still instinctively drawn to finding out what killed her dead patients and uncovering who was responsible and why. As she pursues the answers, the bodies of the dead provide the clues. The body is, in effect, the proof. And with her unique blend of smarts, instinct and a warehouse of medical knowledge, she can read a body like nobody else.
Megan can also ruffle feathers like nobody else. In her new career she has already developed a reputation for flouting convention and blurring the lines between the Medical Examiner's Office and the Police Department. Dr. Kate Murphy, Megan's boss, sympathizes to a degree. As Philadelphia's first female Chief Medical Examiner, Kate didn't get where she is without ruffling a few feathers herself. She hired Megan for her expertise and the results she could bring to the job. But Megan's unconventional way of doing things presents Kate with an ongoing dilemma. Megan is brilliant but also polarizing. How much should Kate rein her in?
Megan's partner is Medical Investigator Peter Dunlop. A former cop, he doesn't hesitate to tell her the hard truths about her work style. And he's invaluable as a bridge between the Medical Examiner's Office and the Police Department.
Also frequent contacts at work are Dr. Ethan Gross, whose boyish, geeky ways Megan finds endearing, as well as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Curtis Brumfield. It is Megan to whom Curtis is constantly trying to prove his medical chops.
Detective Bud Morris is an old school cop and finds Megan's Sherlock Holmes-like ways exasperating, but he can't deny her effectiveness. His partner, Detective Samantha Baker, is eager and bright. She possesses a quiet respect for Megan's input, even if her partner doesn't.
Death is a fact of life. The irony is, death has brought new life to Megan Hunt. As she investigates what happened to her patients, she finds their lives and the lessons they hold are in a way a bequest to her, to learn from them what she can and to apply to her own personal journey of redemption and forgiveness. In return, Megan is determined to get them justice.
"Body of Proof" stars Dana Delany stars as Dr. Megan Hunt, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross, Nicholas Bishop as Peter Dunlop, John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris, Windell D. Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield, Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy and Sonja Sohn as Detective Samantha Baker.
The series is created by Christopher Murphey and executive-produced by Murphey, Matthew Gross, and Sunil Nayar. "Body of Proof" is produced by Gross Entertainment and ABC Studios.