Thanks to various media outlets and programs such as the podcast Serial and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, wrongful convictions have gained increasing notoriety over the past couple years. Going along with the public’s seemingly newfound obsession with the topic, the Big-4 network ABC intends to pilot a new show about wrongful conviction.
The show, titled Conviction, will feature Hayley Atwell, who stars as the lead role in ABC’s Agent Carter. The company recently added Emily Kinney to the cast. Kinney is best known for her role in AMC’s insanely popular show The Walking Dead.
Conviction is about Atwell’s character, Carter Morrison, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of a newly formed Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in Los Angeles. Morrison, the daughter of a former president, along with her team of lawyers, investigators, and forensic experts, examines cases containing sufficient evidence that suggests the wrong person was convicted of a crime. Kinney will play Tess Thompson, a paralegal that joins the team. She has a strong passion for wrongful convictions, reasons for which are unknown. Thompson previously worked at the Innocence Project, but joined the CIU because she felt she could make more of an impact working on cases from inside the criminal justice system.
This show, if picked up, will hopefully bring to light some of the great work that innocence projects across the nation have been doing for decades.