Nearly five months after ABC dropped the ax on medical/crime drama 'Body of Proof,' the network finds itself in a tough spot. Several of its new dramas (including the already canceled 'Lucky 7') aren't doing too well, and the 11 million weekly viewers that 'Body of Proof' drew is now looking quite appealing. According to Deadline, ABC is very close to bringing back the canceled series for a fourth season, much like CBS recently did with police procedural 'Unforgettable.'
The resurrection isn't quite finalized yet though, with a decision expected to be made within the next month. 'Body of Proof's cast, writers, and crew have all moved on to other projects, and it will take some serious negotiations to woo back stars like Dana Delany, Mark Valley, Jeri Ryan, and showrunner Evan Katz. If everything gets hammered out, the plan is to bring the show back during mid-season, much like was done with Season 3.
Making this move seem a bit bone-headed is the fact that 'Body of Proof' was one of few productions to win the coveted California Tax Credit Lottery last year, keeping its previous production costs manageable. Since ABC canceled the series, those tax incentives were lost, which will now lead to this new season being more expensive to produce. I guess this situation just proves that networks should have more patience before deciding to end a decently performing show.