AGENT CARTER may have been cancelled, but Hayley Atwell is still going to be on ABC this fall in the new legal drama CONVICTION.
Atwell stars as Hayes Morrison, a lawyer and former first daughter whose life is a bit of a mess. When facing jail time for drug possession she’s given a choice from her nemesis, New York District Attorney Conner Wallace (Eddie Cahill): she can go to prison or she can command Wallace’s team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). The mandate of the CIU is to examine past cases and weed out instances of wrongful convictions. But her attitude doesn’t exactly endear her to the rest of her team: “Sam Spencer (Shawn Ashmore) struggles to deal with authority when Hayes is put in charge of the CIU – a job that was promised to him. He quickly learns that the legal system is not black and white, and his integrity will be tested. Maxine (Merrin Dungey) is a single mother who comes from a law enforcement family, which is where her loyalty lies, but secrets from her past may interfere with her professional judgment. Tess (Emily Kinney) is haunted by a personal mistake that may have imprisoned an innocent person. Frankie’s (Manny Montana) personal life challenges his beliefs and his work at the CIU.”
Hayes and Wallace clash both professionally and personally and Hayes also clashes with her mother, a Senate hopeful who doesn’t like her daughter’s bad behavior showing up in the press. Away from the office, Hayes does have a true confidant: her brother Jackson. He sees the emotional, vulnerable Hayes that no one else does.