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CONVICTION Preview: First Look at ABC’s New Legal Drama

CONVICTION centers around former First Daughter Hayes Morrison. Hayes has a brilliant legal mind, but she’s a mess. When she’s arrested for cocaine possession, Connor Wallis — the NY District Attorney — approaches her with an offer: he’ll ensure she gets no jail time if she heads his new Conviction Integrity Unit, which re-examines cases where there’s credible suspicion of wrongful conviction. The pair have a history of being adversaries in the courtroom and she’s rather enamoured with him as well.

Helping Hayes out is the rest of the CIU team, including forensics expert Frankie Cruz, Paralegal Tess Larson, and NYPD Detective Maxine Bohen. But Hayes is dismayed when she finds out that her mother, the former First Lady who is now running for Senate, is the one behind the job offer. This leaves her in a terrible position: if Hayes quits, she’s heading straight to jail. So this is her last chance to prove she can do her best — not only to herself, but also to her family.

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The cast includes Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, Eddie Cahill as Wayne Wallis, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Sullivan, Merrin Dungey as Maxine, Emily Kinney as Tess Thompson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel DiTomasso as Jackson Morrison. Liz Friedman (JESSICA JONES), Liz Friedlander (THE FOLLOWING) and Mark Gordon (CRIMINAL MINDS) will serve as executive producers.

CONVICTION will air this fall on Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (see ABC’s full fall schedule).