ABC’s “Body of Proof” features RIC in fourth episode

From left to right are Sunil Nayar (executive producer), Jeri Ryan (cast), Christopher Murphey (creator/executive producer), Dana Delany (cast), Matthew Gross (executive producer) and Nicholas Bishop (cast).

Filming equipment being unloaded at RIC
The cast and crew of ABC’s new medical mystery series “Body of Proof” spent the day filming at RIC on August 11.

There were about 25 trailers and trucks filled with equipment for the day. The crew started working about 4:30 am and immediately went to work filming what will be the fourth episode in the series scheduled to air on Fridays this fall.

The plot of the series follows Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delaney) a neurosurgeon turned medical examiner.

Co-starring with Delaney are Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy; John Carroll Lynch as Det. Bud Morris; Windell Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield; Nic Bishop, Peter Dunlop; Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Elliot Gross; and Sonja Sohn as detective Samantha Baker.

Dana Delany getting prepped by a makeup artist (ABC)
“Body of Proof” was picked up by ABC on May 18 and given the go-ahead for the 12 episode series.

The RIC soccer field and track were used as the production set where the director, David Platt (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), make-up, costume, dialogue crew and actors worked late into the evening when they stopped filming.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs, greeted Delaney and presented her with a RIC sweatshirt.

“It was the first time ABC has filmed at RIC and the president, and Don Tencher (director of athletics) and Jane Fusco (director of News and PR) were incredibly helpful and made it a wonderful experience. They made things go smoothly for the production,” said Colin Walsh, locations manager for the show.

He said that the next step after getting the show picked up is selecting a location to shoot. Walsh said they looked at several locations but the track at RIC was the perfect set for the day.

Body of Proof actor's trailers parked at RIC
The show is set in Philadelphia but according to producer Christopher Murphy, it couldn’t be shot there, so the new set became Providence.

“I set it (the series) in Philadelphia, and it was initially our intention to shoot there, and then a couple of curve balls later, we wound up shooting in Providence for Philadelphia,” said Murphy, during the ABC Summer 2010 Press Tour. “Providence is a fantastic place to shoot. It’s almost like a back lot. Everything is very convenient. It doubles for Philadelphia very well, and they’re delighted to have us, and we’re delighted to be there.”

Delaney, known most recently for her role as Katherine Mayfair on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, has been acting since the mid-70s and has received numerous awards including three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “China Beach.”