A new television pilot for ABC is set to start filming in Rhode Island this month, according to the R.I. Film and TV Office. Starring Dana Delany, “Body of Evidence” will follow the story of a former neurosurgeon turned medical examiner who uses her knowledge to help solve crimes, while often stepping on the toes (and even butting heads) with other the authorities involved in the investigations. Christopher Murphey, who also serves as co-executive producer with Matt Gross, is the writer of the series, while Gross originated the idea.
Providence is only one of a number of cities across the state that will be utilized for filming locations. Shooting is expected to last through early April, as network fall line-ups are announced in mid-May. At that time, ABC will determine whether or not they would like to launch the pilot as a series, though it is possible that it could be picked up for less than a full season from the offset. If the show is successful it could mean hundreds of jobs for the Rhode Island area.
Delany is a TV veteran, having made appearances on such notable series as “Moonlighting”, “thirtysomething”, “Magnum, P.I.”, and “Boston Legal”. She is perhaps most well known for her role on the 80s series, “China Beach” and was most recently on another ABC hit, “Desperate Housewives”. Her “Body of Evidence” costars will include Jeri Ryan, of “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Boston Public” fame.