BY Beth Comery
Okay it’s time to watch another TV show where we all try to see what’s behind the actors the whole time. Hey, that’s my nail salon! It’s where the school used to be! Finally, a crime drama about forensic medicine. Crews from the new ABC show — starring Dana Delany as a flawed but brilliant medical examiner — could be spotted around town last year taping exterior scenes, turning Providence into Philadelphia.
In reality, the situation at our Department of Health crime lab is dire. Ace ProJo staff writer Amanda Milkovits first reported last month on the backlog of 400 cases. The situation is further explored in her in-depth cover story from yesterday’s Sunday paper elaborating the staffing problems and limited resources facing the lab.
. . . the forensics lab at the Health Department is so backlogged that it takes from six months to more than a year to analyze DNA in most violent-crime cases. Lesser crimes can take longer.
So, do them a favor and try not to get yourself murdered.
First episode of ‘Body of Proof’ — Death by Zeppole: Does This Smell Right To You? — Tuesday at 10pm.