‘The Protector’ to Take Place of ‘Body of Proof’?

Just as the first season of Body of Proof comes to an end, The Protector begins, one show featuring a single mom in the crime field traded for another. While Dana Delany brought life to Dr. Megan Hunt in Proof, it’s the tough Ally Walker who stars as Detective Gloria Sheppard in the newest Lifetime series.

Ally Walker stars as homicide detective Gloria Sheppard in The Protector on Lifetime.

While Dr. Hunt is a driven medical examiner who is not afraid to cross the line professionally, even as she walks eggshells around her daughter who is in the custody of her ex-husband, Sheppard is almost the opposite in the same field. A homicide detective by trade and a divorced mother of two when off the clock, Sheppard seems to juggle it all, while always putting her kids first.

Where Delany’s character has little sense of humor to speak of, Walker’s Sheppard is being pegged as “funny,” which audiences will be the ultimate judge of.

Regardless of their differences, both Delany and Walker give television something that once seemed so sparse—strong female leads. Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer has always done well, though her show seems to remain under the radar for many, just like Mary McCormack’s character on In Plain Sight.

While Lifetime is not well-known for having number one series, but more for their “movies of the week” instead, perhaps Walker can draw a crowd. She has just spent the last two seasons as kick-ass FBI Agent Stahl on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, after all.

Fortunately, now that Body of Proof has been picked up for a second season, potential viewers of both show’s won’t have to trade one for the other. The strength of actresses in defining lead roles is a trend that seems to be sticking around for a while.

The Protector premieres at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on Lifetime Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Photo credit: Hopper Stone/Lifetime Television

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