Body of Proof‘s revamped third season has been pushed back — but just a smidge.
The Dana Delany-starring drama, which was originally slated to premiere Tuesday, Feb. 5, will now launch two weeks later on Feb. 19 at 10/9c.
An ABC source tells TVLine that the delay is merely the result of President Obama’s State of the Union address, scheduled for Feb. 12. The network’s Powers That Be didn’t want to interrupt any momentum the show might muster up by debuting Body and then preempting it the following week.
When the show does in fact return, executive producer Matthew Gross promises that fans can look forward to “stories that [are] more thrilling [and] have more stakes.”
Discussing the show’s Season 3 revamp Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, exec producer Matthew Gross said viewers should expect an amped-up Body. “We wanted to make stories that were more thriling, that have more stakes,” he said. “Inject more octane into the show.”
The addition of Mark Valley as a police officer and former love interest of Dana Delany’s Megan will add an undercurrent of sexual tension throughout the season. “[We wanted to] bring Megan’s personal life into the actual ‘A’ case,” noted fellow EP Christopher Murphey. “And also bring out the law enforcement aspect of the show.”
The more things change though, the more they will remain the same. Said Murphey: “Megan’s still full of piss and vinegar.”
Other spoilery highlights from the panel:
• Body‘s two-part opener has “a thriller aspect to it,” shared new EP Evan Katz (24).
• Kate “starts to go into politics” — including no less than a run for Congress, previewed her portrayer Jeri Ryan. “She decides life is short, now is the time.” (She’ll also get a new love interest in Desperate Housewives‘ Richard Burgi.)
• Season 3 will delve deeper into Megan’s backstory, specifically the circumstances surrounding her father’s suicide. “As the season progresses,” teased Katz, “that is a mystery we grip onto and run with.”
Sarah Jane Morris will encounter not-so-friendly skies when she guest-stars on ABC’s Body of Proof.
TVLine has learned that the NCIS and Brothers & Sisters alum has landed the role of Pamela Jacks, a flight attendant who figures prominently in the wake of an airline tragedy, in the 12th episode of Body of Proof‘s upcoming Season 3.
Since Brothers & Sisters wrapped its run, Morris has recurred as Agent E.J. Barrett on TV’s most watched drama, NCIS, and guested on Castle.
Body of Proof — which this season adds Mark Valley (Human Target) to its cast while subtracting others — launches its third season on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10/9c (after Private Practice signs off for good). Other guest stars on tap include Annie Wersching (24) in a season-opening arc, Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Michael Nouri (NCIS), Ivan Sergei (Crossing Jordan) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks).
In related news, I just booked my flight to the winter Television Critics Association press tour on whatever airline boasts the prettiness of Sarah Jane Morris among its cabin crew.
Some new faces are heading to ABC’s Body of Proof.
Ray Wise, Michael Nouri and Derek Webster are all set to guest-star on the upcoming season, TVLine.com reports.
In the fourth episode of the new season, Nouri (NCIS) will play crime boss Daniel Russo, whose son is killed, while Wise (Twin Peaks) will play his attorney. In the same episode, Webster (Damages) will play a boxing coach who is questioned about the murder.
The news comes after the announcement that Nicholas Bishop, John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn would not be returning, while Mark Valley and Elyes Gabel are joining as new series regulars. 24 alum Annie Wersching will also have a multi-episode arc when the series returns midseason on ABC.
ABC’s Body of Proof is adding a Dothraki bloodrider to its Season 3 cast roster.
Game of Thrones alum Elyes Gabel has been cast as smart, cocky Det. Adam Schaeffer on the ABC drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Proof showrunner Chris Gross first alerted TVLine to the new roles just after series regulars Nicholas Bishop, John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn were let go earlier this summer. Sources tell TVLine that Fringe’s Mark Valley will fill the first spot: Det. Tommy Sullivan, a onetime love interest of Megan’s who transfers to Philadelphia to win her back.
The second addition, Gabel’s Adam, “is a guy who thinks that he knows it all,” Gross said at the time. “He’s wise beyond his years, but doesn’t have the experience to back it up. And he might get himself in some trouble along the way for running his mouth off.”
Gabel shouldn’t have any trouble working alongside Dana Delany’s strong-willed Megan Hunt: After all, the Game of Thrones alum spent a lot of time doing his khaleesi’s bidding as Rakharo, one of Daenerys’ loyal – though ill-fated – servants. He also recently appeared on Showtime’s The Borgias.