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'Body Of Proof' Cancelled: ABC Axes Dana Delany-Fronted Drama After Three Seasons

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"Body of Proof" has been cancelled, according to "The Hollywood Reporter.

The ABC medical drama, which stars Dana Delaney as Dr. Megan Hunt, lasted for three seasons before the network decided to drop the axe.

Season 3 of "Body of Proof" premiered in February 2013 as a midseason replacement and though it started off with a 1.2 rating in the key demographic and 6.75 million viewers total, its numbers have risen slightly to a 1.6 rating and 9.35 million viewers.

"Body of Proof's" first season did well in the ratings, but was only nine episodes. Season 2 saw a full episode order, but the ratings dropped drastically and "Body of Proof" narrowly avoided cancellation.

Aware that the show was lucky to survive, "Body of Proof" producers decided to put the show through a pretty substantial reboot, axing three regulars -- John Carroll Lynch, Nicholas Bishop and Sonja Sohn -- and adding Mark Valley and Elyes Gabel.

"We were fortunate enough to get a Season 3 of our show, and in trying to bring more eyeballs to our show, we wanted to change some of the dynamic and create new characters. And that’s the purpose for all of this," "Body of Proof" executive producer Matthew Gross told TVLine of the reboot. "We took a lot of time to think about this at great length, lots of discussion, really thinking about every character, their interpersonal dynamic, how they fit together. This is ultimately where we came out. And we’ve been given this tremendous opportunity to get a Season 3 and we want to raise up our demo numbers and we also want to make the show engaging at a different capacity."

In addition to "Body Of Proof," ABC cancelled "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents," "Malibu Country" and "Red Widow," which join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," "Last Resort," "Private Practice" and "Zero Hour." On a more positive note, the network renewed "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge," "Scandal" and "Suburgatory." ABC has not confirmed the reported fates of "Family Tools" and "The Neighbors."

To fill out the new holes in their schedule, ABC picked up a number of new series. Their new comedies for the 2013-2014 season include "Super Fun Night" starring Rebel Wilson; ensemble "Mixology"; Malin Akerman's "Trophy Wife"; family comedy "The Goldbergs" and "Back in the Game" starring James Caan. On the drama side, in addition to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC picked up spinoff "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"; drama "The Returned"; David Zabel's "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal"; the Christian Slater/Steve Zahn vehicle "Mind Games" and Sofia Vergara-produced "Killer Women."

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