body of proof 320 ABC picks up 2 more: 'Body of Proof' and 'Off the Map'ABC is keeping pace with NBC for the “most new shows ordered” title at the 2010 upfronts, adding two more dramas to its roster for 2010-11.

The latest pickups, according to several reports, are a crime show called “Body of Proof” and the Shonda Rhimes-produced “Off the Map,” about doctors working in a remote South American clinic. They join comedies “Happy Endings,” “Mr. Sunshine” and “Better Together” and dramas “No Ordinary Family,” “My Generation” and “Detroit 187” — bringing ABC’s pickup total to nine series, which is just behind NBC’s 11.

(FOX has picked up five shows so far, and CBS and The CW will probably each add three or four.)

“Body of Proof” (previously known as “Body of Evidence”) stars Dana Delany (“Desperate Housewives”) as a neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner whose expertise helps solve murder cases. Chris Murphey wrote the pilot, and “CSI: Miami” veteran Sunil Nayar is joining the show as an executive producer. The cast also includes Jeri Ryan (“Leverage,” “Shark”), John Carroll Lynch (“K-Ville,” “Close to Home”), Nicholas Bishop (“Past Life”), Geoffrey Arend (“Trust Me”) and Wendell Middlebrooks (“Scrubs”).

The pickup presumably means the end of Delany’s time on “Housewives,” which ends its season on Sunday (May 16).

“Off the Map” was created by “Grey’s Anatomy” writer-producer Jenna Bans; she’ll also executive produce with the “Grey’s”/”Private Practice” team of Rhimes and Betsy Beers. It’s about a doctor (Martin Henderson, “Smokin’ Aces,” “The Ring”) who gave up a big job in the U.S. to found a small clinic with scant resources in South America.

The series will also star Caroline Dhavernas (“Wonderfalls”), Jason George (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Eli Stone”), Enrique Murciano (“Without a Trace”), Mamie Gummer (“John Adams”), Valerie Cruz (“Dexter,” “True Blood”) and Jose Julian.

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Photo credit: ‘Body of Proof’/ABC

Posted by:Rick Porter