Starring: Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Daniel Franzese
Created by Liz Friedlander and Liz Friedman
Written by Liz Friedlander & Liz Friedman, Directed by Liz Friedlander
Conviction is a new ABC procedural that wants to make it awfully clear it's a procedural even though it has flashes of the ABC soapiness to it. In other words, it's a CBS drama meets an ABC drama. Hayley Atwell plays Hayes Morrison, a former first daughter gone bad who is given a chance (through blackmail) to have a recent arrest disappear if she heads up a Conviction Integrity Unit. Set up by DA Conner Wallace (Eddie Cahill), the Unit attempts to take a second look at cases where there could have been a wrongful conviction. Oh and in the element that screams "we're a procedural!!" they have five days per case.
I like Atwell and I like the concept of this show but they are going to have to have better cases of the week than the one they had in the pilot for me to keep watching. The set-up was decent but the payoff felt very lackluster to me. I thought they conveniently wrapped it up in a very short amount of time. Procedurals are famous for jumping over details to unrealistic conclusions but this one was pretty extreme as they all of the sudden had this new (and bizarre) theory right before the resolution to the episode.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Probably, but it's on a short leash.