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ABC Picks Up Legal Drama Pilot ‘Conviction’ from Mark Gordon Co.

ABC is furthering its relationship with the Mark Gordon Company — which is behind the network’s fall hit “Quantico” — with hopes for yet another breakout drama next season.

“Conviction” from Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios has landed a formal pilot order at ABC, Variety has learned. The legal drama hails from writer Liz Friedman (“Jessica Jones,” “Elementary”). Liz Friedlander (“Stalker,” “The Following”) will direct the pilot.

“Conviction” tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but rebel daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

Friedman, Friedlander, Gordon and Nicholas Pepper will all serve as exec producers.

While “Conviction” is in contention for a 2016-17 series order, the Mark Gordon Co. already has a series on ABC’s slate for the next TV season with political conspiracy thriller “Designated Survivor,” the Kiefer Sutherland-starrer that landed a straight-to-series order with 13 episodes. The company, which partnered with Entertainment One in 2015 to create in independent TV and film studio, also has another series in development at ABC — a terrorism crime drama loosely inspired by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly — though it has not been picked up to pilot at this point.

For ABC, “Conviction” joins more drama pilots in contention for series orders: “The Jury” from exec producer Carol Mendelsohn, John Ridley’s “Presence,” the “Agents of SHIELD” follow-up “Marvel’s Most Wanted” and Shondaland’s Romeo and Juliet inspired romance vehicle “Still Star-Crossed.”

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