@JeriLRyan Procedural dramas may be a staple of our television landscape where the most interesting, bizarre and compelling cases drive most series’ episodes but Christopher Murphey, creator of ABC’s Body of Proof, believes that one reason the Dana Delany-starrer has connected with audiences is due to the show’s focus on character. For Murphey and his staff of writers (many of whom have procedural series on their resumes), being able to write for characters is a luxury that “Body Of Proof” embraces every week instead of leaving it for those ‘very special episodes.’
To talk about the sophomore season of the series, I rang up Murphey yesterday to talk about making sure both case and character get serviced in every episode, how Delany’s Medical Examiner Megan Hunt will continue to clash with her superior Kate (Jeri Ryan) over things other than Kate dating Megan’s ex-husband and the new love interests on the horizon for Megan and other characters.
Jim Halterman: From season one to the current season, Megan is no longer as prickly as she was and has softened up a lot. What prompted that change in these new episodes?
Christopher Murphey: That was partly creative input from our network. Also, partly, one of the things that we set out to do was to open up the show into the personal stories of not just Megan but the other characters and I think overall there was a certain lightening of those stories. And this is all prelude to say that we are tracking in the opposite direction next season, in the expectation – and I cross my fingers when I say this – that we get a next season. We like that edginess and we’re bringing it back.
JH: Is this is also where Dana Delany would like to see things go?
CM: I think that’s fair to say, yeah. We’ve always loved the idea of this character, who is slightly unfiltered in what she says and I think the idea of having water cooler moments the next day like ‘Wow, can you believe she said that?’ is something we want to get back to and Dana…CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE