Tuesday Night Television…What to Watch? The Unforgettable Body of Proof.

Poppy Montgomery plays Detective Carrie Wells in TV’s UnforgettableWas it really just a couple of months ago that we were all fussing about the abundance of good crime television on Tuesday nights? White Collar, (USA) Justified (FX) and Southland (USA) were all competing for real or DVR time, unless we resolved the conflicts with On Demand.

Being a DVR person myself, I whined in the comments of that January post complaining that the three cable programs we were trumpeting were only part of my problem. 

… [W]hat about the networks?? Unforgettable on CBS and Body of Proof on ABC.

Here is what my DVR schedule looked like: 10 pm Unforgettable and Body of Proof, 11 pm Justified; midnight Southland; 1 am White Collar. I was exhausted just doing the programming…Now I have to find time to watch it all.

And, watch it all I did. It took some doing to make sure I’d seen the weekly episode of each show before I taped the next one. I began to refer to Monday afternoons as “catch-up Monday.” My goal was to be finished watching last week’s 10 PM Tuesday shows before the start of Castle on Monday night.

First White Collar went on mid-season hiatus. Then Southland aired its season finale. In a matter of days, Justified will also take a break. Then what?

Poppy Montgomery and the cast of Unforgettable

If you had paid attention to my comment in January, you’d already be up to speed with Unforgettable (10 PM Tuesdays on CBS), a show that is near and dear to my heart for several reasons. The geography is my home borough of Queens in New York City. They film on location, sometimes very near my house. Hooray for money spent in the local economy! And as a short mystery fiction writer, I have a hard time resisting any series that is based on a short story. In this case the story is The Rememberer, written by J. Robert Lennon. Unforgettable stars Poppy Montgomery as Detective Carrie Wells, a woman with hyperthymesia, a condition that allows her to recall anything she has ever seen or heard. I thought the premise might be problematic. How could she possibly function if her entire life was jumbled front and center in her mind? But it doesn’t work that way. She can recall and revisit any memory from her far or recent past and so it all fits nicely with her work as a detective and her personal quest to find her sister’s murderer.

Another thing I enjoy is watching actor Kevin Rankin, who portrayed despicable Devil on Justified, playing the shy but engaging Roe Sanders, a young detective who works with Carrie.

Dana Delaney and the cast of Body of Proof

Also at 10 PM on Tuesdays, ABC presents Body of Proof, starring Dana Delaney as Megan Hunt, a Philadelphia neurosurgeon who becomes a Medical Examiner when an accident prevents her from continuing to operate on the living. Although Delaney is clearly the central figure, she has the support of a superb ensemble cast, including Jeri Ryan, who was super terrific as Tara Cole when filling in for Gina Bellman (Sophie) on Leverage a few seasons back. While Dr. Hunt is trying to rebuild her relationship with her teenaged daughter, she is also learning, apparently for the first time, to play nice with others, as she interacts with her colleagues in the ME’s Office and members of the Philly PD, solving murders as she goes along. Here at Criminal Element, it has already been noted that television is awash with female Medical Examiners, and you may think you’ve had your fill, but I assure you that if you haven’t seen Body of Proof, it is worth a look.

So, if your dance card is empty on Tuesday at ten, try drifting back to the Networks for some criminally good entertainment.

Terrie Farley Moran’s recent collection of short stories, THE AWARENESS and other deadly tales, is currently available in e-format for the Nook and the Kindle. Terrie blogs at Women of Mystery

Read all of Terrie Farley Moran’s posts for Criminal Element.


  1. Carmen Pinzon

    I followed someone’s advise and caught all these shows; now I’m gladd for it. I especialy like “Body of Proff”.

  2. Saundra Peck

    I love them all too…hate it when I fall behind for fear of being “spoiled”!!!

  3. bitsy08

    Someone just told me that Body of Proof is going to be taken off the air. While I don’t “love” the show, I do like it. Unforgettable is another story. As far as I’m concerned, Unforgettable is just the opposite to me – FORGETTABLE in caps. I have a problem with a main character that’s so wonderful it’s nauseating. I expected so much more from this show. I watched Southland back when it first came on. Thought it was terrible and am now gun shy. I know it’s been revamped because I think they’ve taken it off twice so I figured the stats weren’t good but for some reason they wanted to save it. Just can’t make myself give it another try. As far as Justified is concerned, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show.

  4. Terrie Farley Moran

    @bungluna and sk1336, I am so glad that there are other fans of Body of Proof and Unforgettable. @bitsy08. I checked before I wrote this article and neither of these shows had been cancelled. Today, after I read your comment, I read through all the usual sites and there is a lot of speculation about Body of Proof, but it has not yet been cancelled. It averaged 11.13 million viewers in the first season, opened this season with a disappointing 9.41 millon, but on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 it ranked first in the timeslot with 10.51 million viewers, so I guess we will wait and see. I think the writers should focus more on [u]crime solving [/u]and less on all the personal stuff going on in everyone’s lives. Still, I enjoy the show and will miss it if it goes.

  5. Carmen Pinzon

    I’m with you in wishing the writers would write more crime and less soap-opera personal lives. Though the boy-toy’s nice! (in Body of Proof)

  6. Deborah Lacy

    Great post Terrie.
    It seems like ABC is always a little late in announcing it’s renewal/cancellations. The porjection sites say Body Of Proof probably won’t make it, but some of them even say Castle might not be renewed which I cannot believe.
    I do like a little personal stuff as long as it doesn’t hijack the show. This seems out of proportion.

  7. Terrie Farley Moran

    @bungluna–nothing wrong with a cute boy-toy, but the personal stuff on all fronts in BoP is getting very soap opera-ish. @Deb, you hit the nail on the head. The personal stuff is out of proportion to the crime solving. Needs to come back in line. As to renewals, I think ABC lags behind in the renewal process because it lags behind in the ratings. I think they wait to see what the honchos at other networks do

  8. Deborah Lacy

    Here’s a great article from the Huffington Post where Jeri Ryan talks about Body of Proof’s chances for renewal and why it’s on the cusp… [url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/body-of-proof-renewal-jeri-ryan_n_1412918.html]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/body-of-proof-renewal-jeri-ryan_n_1412918.html[/url]

    And there’s always E-Online’s Save One Show twitter campaign: [url=http://www.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/save_one_show_nominate_your_favorite/307250]http://www.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/save_one_show_nominate_your_favorite/307250[/url] They’ve had success helping save shows in the past.

  9. Terrie Farley Moran

    @Deb. Loved the interview with Jeri Ryan, and she supports what I said in my comments above, BoP ratings are getting better not worse. Perhaps there is hope. Popping over to Save One Show right now.

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