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Dana Delany's new role as medical examiner in ABC's 'Body of Proof'

Dana Delany stars as Dr. Megan Hunt, a neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner, in ABC's 'Body of Proof.' (Donna Svennevik)

March 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dana Delany returns to ABC in the new medical crime drama "Body of Proof."

In the new series, Delany stars as Dr. Megan Hunt, a brilliant neurosurgeon who is seriously injured in a car accident, forcing her to give up her high powered career. But she uses her talents in a different way when she becomes a medical examiner.

The life-altering career switch means Delany's character has a lot of work to do on her people skills. What the actress herself had to work on was the medical jargon.

"I found out that when you go to medical school you learn 10,000 new words that you never heard of before. And I like words, I do crossword puzzles. I like learning new words and the origins of them but these, they make no sense to me," Delany said.

She welcomed the opportunity to develop a new character, but it meant she had to give up her most recent TV home on "Desperate Housewives."

"It was such a well run show, that was what was the beauty of 'Desperate Housewives.' It was the easiest, most pleasant experience. Counter to what you've heard about the show, it was delightful and I will miss that," said Delany. "It was a really nice crew; real nice family; it was nice to be living at home; nice to only be working three days a week. But, you know, I like a challenge. I need to be pushed a little bit, and so on to the next adventure."

The show also stars Jeri Ryan, John Carroll Lynch, and Geoffrey Arend.

"Body of Proof" airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC7, following "Dancing With The Stars: The Results Show.