Body of Proof Mass Exodus Continues: Sonja Sohn and Nicholas Bishop Out!

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Sonja Sohn Nicholas Bishop Body of ProofTurns out John Carroll Lynch’s dismissal from Body of Proof was just the tip of the iceberg.

TVLine has learned that Lynch’s costars, Nicholas Bishop and Sonja Sohn, also won’t be returning for the ABC procedural’s upcoming third season.

Bishop co-starred as medico-legal detective Peter Dunlop, while Sohn played homicide investigator Sam Baker (and partner to Lynch’s Bud Morris.)

All three actors had been with the show since the pilot.

Negotiations to bring Body of Proof back for a third season came down to the wire last month amid speculation that the show’s budget was being dramatically slashed.

News of Bishop’s departure was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.



Comments (147)

  • So…it’s basically not the same show anymore? Weird.

    Comment by Nerdista (@Nerdista) – June 7, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s my thinking also. What will the show be like when it comes back on? Will there be any interactions with detectives or investigators at all?

      Comment by elr – June 7, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WTF no more Peter? Have onl seen a few eps, my ma likes this show. I’m already depressed with the crap changes on GA, PP, VD and ringer axing. guhhh

      Comment by lorna – June 7, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is really terrible

      Comment by João Paulo (@JPaulo645) – June 7, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have watched the show from the very first episode and have loved it! I am SO disappointed that Nicholas Bishop and Sonja Sohn are gone!! Nicholas Bishop is a great actor and so adorable!:-) Sonja Sohn gave the show sassy vibrations and unpredictability. So sorry to see them leave.

      Comment by Debbie – April 3, 2013 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Nicholas Bishop was the eye candy the programe, shame he’s gone. it won’t be the same

        Comment by Beverley Zywina – June 11, 2013 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Budget cuts!!

    Comment by CC – June 7, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yup. Clearly, a cast reduction was the price of renewal.

      Comment by Simon Jester – June 7, 2012 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Really, how much could these people be getting paid? They’re far from A-Listers. So if they’re dumping the three cops, does that mean Megan and the docs turn into CSI: Philadelphia?

        Comment by KevyB – June 7, 2012 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I imagine both Dana Delaney and Jeri Ryan get paid pretty decently; personally, I would’ve let the two actors who play Megan’s co-workers go–they’re the least essential to the show’s dynamic IMO.

          Comment by ChrisGa – June 7, 2012 06:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Agree wholeheartedly. The supporting cast in the coroner’s office are clichés and, as often as not, thoroughly irritating.

            Comment by Larry McD – June 7, 2012 08:42 PM PDT  
        • You wouldn’t believe what some of the cast members were being paid. If you want a quality cast you have to put the money into it.

          Comment by Robin Weaver – June 22, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, this will be its last season. Too many changes.

    Comment by DenyseLoeb (@domynoe) – June 7, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I always felt NB’s character was going to fall for the good Doctor. I’ll give it a shot, but I don’t expect much longer than the first 3 eps.

      Comment by PPPG – June 7, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought it sucked when they stopped filming in Rhode Island. I loved seeing the cast when they came on set every morning. I will miss Peter, Bud and Sam. It won’t be the same but because it started in my home state I will continue to watch.

      Comment by Robin Weaver – June 7, 2012 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I probably won’t watch anymore they got rid of some good characters and left only primaries and nobodies. What a waste of a good show. Budget cuts just an excuse.

      Comment by nancy – June 8, 2012 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure if I’ll watch anymore. Peter was my favorite character! :(

    Comment by Megan – June 7, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OK, i could deal with a cop change-up but Bishop’s character is Delaney’s character conscience. Without him, she doesn’t always catch her faux pas’. Guess I’m done watching now.

    Comment by elizabeth ann – June 7, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think your quite right……he played a more unique role, which i believe is critical to the viewers..;)

      Comment by William Callam – June 7, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agree to all. The team dynamic makes these shows. I’ve watched the first few eps but the rest of the episodes are waiting on my PC for me and the Peter and Megan’s relationship was one of the things that drew me in.

        Comment by Erin – June 7, 2012 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed completely. I thought Delaney and Bishop’s character are the show! So who’s gonna do the detective work if there are no more detectives on the show? Is it changing into medical show???

      Comment by Izzy – June 7, 2012 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I was debating whether or not I was going to continue to watch. Guess they just made up my mind for me…

    Comment by Cari – June 7, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Obviously when BoP got a third season massive budget cuts came with it. Based on who they’re getting rid of it seems to me the show is going to be concentrating on the “medical” side of things, which quite honestly I found more interesting anyway.

    I do have to wonder what they’re going to do with Peter based on the cliff hanger at the end of season 2.

    Comment by George – June 7, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would assume it means Peter died. :(

      Comment by Tom Mc – June 7, 2012 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was shocked when Body of Proof was renewed. I really must wonder why they even bothered renewing the show with all these people leaving. It seems far too late for a retool.

    Comment by Sally (@eskeigh) – June 7, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’ll replace them with fewer and less expensive actors. The show isn’t written very well to begin with. You take away the seasoned actors and all you have is Dana Delaney constantly looking smug while delivering terrible lines.

      Comment by rowan77 – June 7, 2012 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe they can all go work with Lynette Scavo at Katherine Mayfair’s frozen food business

    Comment by Keith – June 7, 2012 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Now that’s funny. And given all the cannibalism stories in the news lately, also a little creepy…

      Comment by The8treGirl – June 7, 2012 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hate this!

    Comment by Carry – June 7, 2012 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh no, not Peter! I guess he’s not going to make it after the cliffhanger… too bad, he had a lot of great storylines last yr.
    Sad about Bud and Sam too, they are quite a pair.

    Comment by Bonnie – June 7, 2012 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Without Bud, Sam and Peter the only investigator will be Megan. Is she going to get a new partner? Maybe Kate who could carry the show as she did when she was 7of9 on Voyager. Or will Ethan and Curtis be promoted from “comic relief”?

    Even with the cops going, and Peter gone because of what happened to Dani in the two part season finale, it’s not going to be the same show as it was.

    Comment by Scott – June 7, 2012 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What the heck? No Peter? His relatioship with Megan is at the center of the show? If all these changes were necessary to get renewed, it should’ve been canceled. Losing one of the three was doable, but all three? Impossible.

    Comment by Leah – June 7, 2012 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely agreed! It wasn’t the strongest show to begin with, but I liked the dynamic and was hoping it might build on that, hence the reason I would sometimes catch an episode here and there, to see if it got better, but blah I won’t bother with it now…here’s hoping that ‘international’ audience will still watch it, because I like Delaney. Though I predict a handful of episodes will be aired before it gets yanked from the schedule.

      Comment by moobear – June 7, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I understand getting rid of the other homicide detective – she was the weak link of that duo and I never thought they “worked” within the show’s vibe, especially Sam (whose name I had to re-read the article for.) More surprised by the exit of Peter’s character, except they killed off his gf and I think we’ve established he and Delaney’s character aren’t going to have that “zing”….and otherwise he hasn’t really become a part of the team in-house. If they bring in a detective team with better show mojo and another pretty face to the ME’s office…I’m good with that.

    Comment by Donna – June 7, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i won’t miss any of them – they were all weak characters be nice to have some new blood

    Comment by mdb – June 7, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So I guess they’re getting rid of the cop drama and just going with the coroner thing.

    Comment by sara – June 7, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What the hell?!!

    Comment by Andrea Sperling – June 7, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • omg! Sonja Sohn was on tv again?? I totally would have watched this show if I’d known that!

    Comment by Viv – June 7, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Show’s definitely skidding to stage left….

    The detective duo was replaceable (though I liked them well enough) but Peter was an integral component for the show as it was and his investigation scenes a welcome relief, truth be told, from the autopsy close-ups. I am a Dana fan so I’ll give it a chance but with more than a bit of skepticism.

    Comment by John – June 7, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is a new producer,I think he is from one of the csi shows don’t know which one Im ok with the dectives gone but I liked the peter character ,I too was VERY surpised when this show got renewed

    Comment by joe – June 7, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well…that kind of sucks. I liked these characters a lot. I’m still going to watch next season and it will be interesting to see how the show is going to change. But, I’m sad to see these three characters go.

    Comment by AF – June 7, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well thats stupid, without the original cast its not the same show, and it means not only will their budget be slashed but also their audience figures too!

    Comment by sarah m – June 7, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nicholas Bishop is a bit of a surprise … but those two cops just had to go. Combination of over-acting & under-writing for the two characters did them in.

    Comment by Dave – June 7, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, I could do without the two cops, they won’t be missed by me but Nicholas Bishop and his character will be; I’d rather they got rid of Jeri Ryan and her character and the creepy nerdy dude (don’t really know what his character is).

      Comment by Karrie – June 8, 2012 02:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • and with that I think i am done with this show… it CAN NOT be the same anymore. Oh well I had too much to watch anyway!

    Comment by Jason Long – June 7, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Suprised to see Nicholas Bishop fired. I found him core to the show. Too bad. And i really liked his character. Though he did feel often underused.

    Sonja on the other hand won’t be missed. I always kept asking myself.. “what is she doing here”. Her her Lynch could leave. Meaning we might have a new cop played by cheap actors.

    Comment by Sam – June 7, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess peter won’t survive the cliffhanger

    Comment by joe – June 7, 2012 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad they didn’t cut the Lacey character—hate the subplots with the daughter!

    Comment by PFitzDC – June 7, 2012 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Guess we know the answer to “Does Peter survive” then don’t we. Body of Proof is losing all the good characters. The 2 cops were really growing on me at the end and Peter was great. This sucks.

    Comment by greysfan – June 7, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow they really are retooling the show, i heard one good castle writer is writing for body of proof now, alexis hawley. well sad blood bath for the show, they might as well cancel the show, and give something else to dana.

    Comment by elena – June 7, 2012 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I seriously doubt this has to do with budget cuts. The show is only entering its third season and aside from Delany and Ryan, there are no “big name” stars. Plus, they just won that lottery thing a few days ago. The show must be dirt cheap to produce.

    I’m sure they just wanted to go in a different direction. As a matter of fact, I expect Luke Perry to come on board as a full-fledged series regular as speculated a few months ago. I guess the show will just focus on the medical stuff and rotate detectives (just like David E. Kelley’s The Practice, of the top of my head, did). Body of Proof is not a police procedural. There is no need for regular characters who are cops.

    I will miss John Carroll Lynch, as his banter with Megan (Delany) was one of the more enjoyable parts of the show. On the other hand, I’m so glad that Sohn and Bishop are leaving. Sohn is really bad and the character of Peter is extremely expendable.

    Comment by SJ – June 7, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well…that just sucks!

      Comment by ann – June 7, 2012 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. But I also think that will have another guy to be Megan’s partner. I just hope that this new one be a nicer, interesting and charming character than Peter.

      Comment by Elvia – June 18, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Are you sure we were watching the same show? Peter was a very good character. I will miss him. He was a very likeable, sympathetic character. Anyone that didn’t like the character of Peter probably has an I.Q smaller than their shoe size.

        Comment by Robin Weaver – June 22, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Seriously Robin?!?!?! I prefer very much the british guy than Peter. I’m still watching the S02E16 episode, and I don’t know if he’s going to appear until the season finale, at least I hope so… He’s adorable.

          Comment by Elvia – June 22, 2012 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked the show, but Peter was a big reason I watched. I like the character and his dynamic with Megan. I may just watch it on Hulu next season.

    Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch – June 7, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I guess they can add me to the list of people who are not coming back to this show now. I was sad when I heard about John Carroll Lynch’s departure but I can honestly say that Nic Bishop getting fired was something I never saw coming. Upset doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this.The funny thing is that as far as I’m concerned they could have cut EVERYONE but Megan, Peter, Bud and maybe Sam and I still would have watched but this?! No. The relationship between Megan and Peter was an integral part of the show for me. Without that Body of Proof is no longer a show I want to watch, not matter how much I love Dana Delany.
    Fans bent over backwards fighting for the show to get a 3rd season. I was so excited when the show got renewed but considering what ABC is doing now, they might as well have canceled it.

    Comment by Poppy – June 7, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I might catch this show just to see how high Dana Delany’s heels are this week… laugh my ass off (because, seriously? those shoes in a MORGUE?? doing an AUTOPSY??)… and then go read a good book on coroners/medical detectives. I really like Delany but her combination whining/superior character, and the weirdo idiots working in the morgue with her, are why I don’t hang in there for more than my shoe giggle.

    Comment by the8tregirl – June 7, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She wore scrubs and crocs in the morgue. Are you sure you watched this show at all? Or should I ask did you pay attention?

      Comment by tp – June 7, 2012 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okay, I was annoyed that John Carrol Lynch’s character was gone with a new baby imminent. But this tears it, how can you get rid of Nic Bishop? He was what made Megan human on the job originally and allowed her to become more of a team member. Not to mention the chemistry, not to mention him showing up to save her and she ends up saving him…then, he’s wounded.

    Yep, this sucks. I think I’ll skip the show’s third season unless someone gets some sense back and brings back Peter.

    Bummer on top of the pleasant surprise of the show being picked up.

    Comment by ljd213 – June 7, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So why should we continue watching,Dana is good, but better with the others. I was so looking forward to third season.

    Comment by Diane – June 7, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We have to think positive! The show may very well get spiced up. Sad to see those actors go but there are so many others out there praying for a break! Juice it up BOP! I wanna see several seasons ahead! : )

    Comment by liza Tish – June 7, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bye bye BoP, I won’t watch 3rd season, Peter was my fav character.

    Comment by Alia – June 7, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So typical. They want to lose the show, but with its strong fan base they need to shake them off before making their move. Same MO as community, just change the show so they can cancel it this upcoming season

    Comment by Mena – June 7, 2012 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cancel it now! Stupid people are always changing a good thing!

    Comment by Maddy – June 7, 2012 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good. Now if they’d just replace Windell Middlebrooks this show would get back on the right track. That or tone down his ‘sassy black man’ routine, so over the top. Glad to see this show getting re-tooled, it has potential.

    Always bugs me when people say they’re going to stop watching shows after cast changes. If you were just watching for that one actor, clearly you weren’t very invested in the show to begin with, were you?

    Comment by Jason – June 7, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wasn’t watch for the actors but for the character interaction. Just as I hated the premier of Royal Pains last night because I liked the camaraderie of the brothers

      Comment by PPPG – June 7, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Your logic is flawed. This isn’t just about the actors getting fired but about the characters we fans have invested our time in and gotten attached to over the past two seasons. Yes, a show needs a good premise and good story telling but you’ll be hard pressed to find a show that has ever succeed just based on that. Great characters that people are interested in and can relate to are just as important. I for one liked the ones the show had just fine and without them BoP will no longer be the show I fell in love with. I’m not interested in watching the same show with a new cast. Sorry.

      Comment by Poppy – June 7, 2012 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoa! What the heck is happening over there?! Bummed about Nicholas Bishop.

    Comment by Lorie – June 7, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should have kept Peter and ditched Jeri Ryan’s character. She irritates me to no end.

    Comment by MagicallySuspicious – June 7, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly – they would have saved a lot more money getting rid of her and we need Peter – her character is just irritating (much like Lacey)

      Comment by NP – June 7, 2012 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well ABC should have cancelled Body of Proof and picked up Awake from NBC

    Comment by Jennifer – June 7, 2012 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes!!!!

      Comment by Luminosity – June 7, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • clearly you don’t know what the ratings were for awake, I think you were the only one watching.

      Comment by sam – June 7, 2012 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What?!?!? I like the cops and guess Peter won’t survive. Why couldn’t they have gotten rid of Lacy? She is so annoying.

    Comment by GeoDiva – June 7, 2012 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Abc is a failure with there NEWS Department by leaving out 50% of the news, now in there Entertainment Department is deleting 50% of the program characters and there goes the story line. Thanks ABC another one of your programs for me to delete.

      Comment by Ben Oliva – February 7, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yeah, this was one character (Peter) I am sorry to see go, but like the show so…..

    Comment by Curt – June 7, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t watch this after the pilot because I felt Delaney was surrounded by an extremely weak supporting cast I didn’t care to follow. I’m surprised they weren’t dumped after the first season.

    Comment by TMW – June 7, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why bother to watch the show without those 3 characters. They should have just cancelled it instead. Very sad :(

    Comment by Pam – June 7, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was so happy when they renewed Body of Proof but now…… I will miss Bud and Sam but Peter?? OMG, what a mistake to let him go! I had been hoping that he and Megan would get together now that the girlfriend was gone. Guess that’s not gonna happen. They appear to be making sure that this show won’t go beyond the 13 eps that it’s been renewed for. *shakes head sadly*

    Comment by Chloe – June 7, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Guess they should a picked up Unforgettable instead huh?

    I’ll still watch though, see what they do with it. Never really cared for Peter anyways.

    Comment by Will – June 7, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, since they’re on two different networks, it probably wouldn’t have helped.

      Comment by kmg – June 8, 2012 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was working as a security guard on the set of Body Of Proof when they were filming in Rhode Island for the first season. I have met the actors and they are very down to earth. They realize that without their fans the show would go nowhere. I will miss the out going actors as well as the characters they play. I am sure they wish nothing but success for the show. I know I will miss the characters of Bud, Sam and Peter in the upcoming season, but I will be watching the show.

        Comment by Robin Weaver – June 8, 2012 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I HATED Peter. So glad they got rid of him before he became a love interest.

    Comment by wooster182 – June 7, 2012 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • From what I’ve recently read, that wasn’t the aim. They were bucking the trend which is refreshing. I like a nice close platonic frienship.

      Comment by Erin – June 7, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yay right… because Kate as Megan’s love interest would be soooo much better. No.

      Comment by Jess – June 8, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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