While watching the pilot of “Body of Proof” (9 p.m., ABC), I found myself laughing at all the wrong places.
As we learn quickly, Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) used to be a neurosurgeon. Not just any neurosurgeon but the tiptop, uppermost, best neurosurgeon in the whole wide world. And she won’t let you forget it!
But a car accident has left her without feelings in her hands. And all the determination in the world can’t allow her to perform surgery again. But what, we wonder, has robbed her of feelings in her heart? (Sob!) OK, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Robbed of her prestigious perch, she becomes a medical examiner. Yes, that’s right, “Body of Proof” is another cadaver drama. But Dr. Hunt doesn’t require all of that fancy equipment they use on “CSI.” She seems to know everything. And because she was a world-renowned and respected neurosurgeon, she’s not afraid to share her knowledge with her more modestly educated colleagues in the most obnoxious, condescending and humiliating fashion possible. Many scenes in “Body of Proof” consist of Hunt regurgitating whole paragraphs of medical jargon before her quivering staff.
Of course, there are downsides to being so brilliant. For starters, she’s divorced, lonely and friendless. But man, she can wear clothes!
As we learn from the pilot, Hunt has transferred all of her perfectionism into her new profession. Those dead bodies tell her everything she needs to know to solve the crime, and she should do so inside of 44 minutes. But deeper mysteries remain. Will she ever reconcile with the daughter she lost because she was deemed a detached workaholic mother? Will she get along better with her colleagues? And will Dr. Hunt ever get over her accident? Or over herself? One hint: The acronym for medical examiner spells the word “me.”
• Ultimate fighters have nothing on insects, critters capable of lifting many times their weight and seemingly in constant conflict with one another. You don’t need to be a former ant-farm owner to appreciate “Monster Bug Wars” (8 p.m., Science), but it helps.
Tonight’s other highlights
• Competition at the sectionals gets rough on “Glee” (7 p.m., Fox). John Stamos guest stars.
• Just in case you forgot last night’s show, “Dancing with the Stars: The Story So Far” (7 p.m., ABC) will refresh your memory. A contestant goes home after the second (8 p.m.) belabored hour.
• A secure base is infiltrated on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS).
• A family portrait proves revealing on “Raising Hope” (8 p.m., Fox).
• Martha Stewart descends on “Fabulous Beekman Boys” (8 p.m., Planet Green).
• Callie’s sister won’t leave on “Traffic Light” (8:30 p.m., Fox).
• A convicted murderer celebrates his crime in song on “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS).
• Adam and Kristina at a crossroads on “Parenthood” (9 p.m., NBC).
• A surprise visitor on “Lights Out” (9 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
• Appraisals abound on the new series “What the Sell?” (9 p.m., TLC).