‘Agent Carter’ Star Hayley Atwell Cast in ABC Legal Pilot ‘Conviction’

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“Agent Carter” star Hayley Atwell has been cast as the lead in ABC drama pilot “Conviction,” Variety has confirmed.

Atwell will star as another character named Carter — Carter Morrison, the brilliant but rebellious daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. Along with a team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, she’ll investigate cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

If Atwell’s “Agent Carter” is renewed for a third season, it’s said that the British thesp’s schedule will be worked out to accommodate both shows.

The series hails from ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company. Liz Friedman wrote the pilot, Liz Friedlander will direct, and both will executive produce along with Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.

Regardless of whether or not “Conviction” is picked up to series, The Mark Gordon Co. already has a drama series on ABC’s slate for next season: “Designated Survivor,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, landed a straight-to-series order of 13 episodes in December.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” has never been a ratings juggernaut for ABC on Tuesday nights — the most recent episode drew 2.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating — but the series scores notable gains in Live+3 and Live+7 playback among the adults 18-49 demo, with last week’s telecast spiking 63% from three days of playback (from a 0.8 in L+SD to a 1.3) and the second season premiere jumping 78% after seven days (from a 0.9 in L+SD to a 1.6).

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  1. Lois Marie says:

    I loved Haley Atwell as Agebt Carter,,,especially her British accent. I am watching Conviction because of Haley Atwell and she has an American accent. I hate it. Why couldn’t they leave her accent alone. I may not continue with the series because of that.

  2. Lois Marie says:

    ABC’ has to renew Agent Carter. They left the last show hanging in suspense when that cop opened his apartment door and someone shot him. We left him lying on the floor. There has to be a continuation and I love Hayley as Agent Carter.

  3. Paul Palermo says:

    My wife and I are a retired couple and love the Agent Carter series. We sincerely hope this show will continue for another season at least. Although we don’t always watch on Tuesday nights, we never miss an episode through Xfinity’s “On Demand” listings.

  4. Elena Virrrrrrrrrrrrrrra says:

    I dont thik Atwell loves Agent Carter as much as we do.

  5. Lorelei Lee says:

    Agent Carter is one of the closest things we have to something new and original on Network tv. The strong female leads are needed desperately even though they keep trying to throw romance in the mix. Another mundane crime drama is the last thing I’m interested in watching

  6. Lex says:

    That show could of been so much better if they had just realized they needed to do their own thing. A big black energy element means nothing to people. Do a story relatable to that time, you’ve got a secret organization, other evil organizations, a chick, a rich guy and his butler. You don’t need to do what they are doing on the SHIELD show, which takes place 70 years later.

  7. SE says:

    I hope Agent Carter isn’t cancelled. I only came across it after several episodes aired. Great story lines and a kick-ass lead!

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