ABC has ordered Conviction, a new series starring Hayley Atwell, to series.
The new show follows Hayes Morrison, a lawyer and former First Daughter who takes a job with her nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill) in order to avoid jail time for cocaine possession. The job is with the Conviction Integrity Unity, which allows her an opportunity to turn over cases where there is a credible suspicion of wrong-doing.
Sadly, in order to free up Atwell's schedule, the network decided not to renew her Marvel series, Agent Carter, for a third season. The show had been on the bubble since ending earlier this year with ratings lower than sister show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so the cancellation doesn't come as much of a surprise.
Conviction will mark Atwell's move beyond Marvel and into a starring role that makes her the most important element of a series - not the brand that produces it - and she definitely has the chops. Before Marvel, the actress was critically acclaimed for appearing in various roles such as an impressive turn on BBC's Black Mirror.
In addition to Atwell and Cahill, the series also stars Shawn Ashmore and Merrin Dungey, while being executive produced by Quantico's Mark Gordon. The series is created by Jessica Jones writer Liz Friedman and The Following director Liz Friedlander.