The Conviction Integrity Unit’s five-day deadline for each new case has been mostly arbitrary, a time limit imposed by Conner (i.e. the showrunners) as a means of injecting extra drama into each hour. Until now, that is. This week, the team’s race against the clock takes on a whole new meaning because this time, a man’s life hangs in the balance. And coincidentally, his execution is exactly — you guessed it — five days away.
Conviction is at its most compelling when the show digs deeper into the flawed individuals at the heart of the CIU, each of whom work to right (possibly) wrongful convictions in the interest of justice while simultaneously confronting their own personal demons.
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I wasn’t prepared for the emotional gut-punch that was this week’s Conviction. Given everything that’s happened over the past week — let alone the past few years — it all felt a little too real, a little too raw, to open at the scene of a protest for racial equality that ends in the shooting death of a police officer. But this is TV at its best, when it forces you to confront the hard truths and uncomfortable realities of the world we’re living in.
ABC is not moving forward with the Hayley Atwell-starring legal drama Conviction.
EW has learned the network will produce and air the 13 episodes initially ordered, but will not produce additional episodes. The sixth episode is scheduled to air Monday at 10 p.m., but it remains to be seen if the show will remain in its current time slot.
Conviction is very obviously a case-of-the-week procedural and a shameless attempt at replicating the success of another ABC property currently on hiatus: Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal. Both shows center on strong, intelligent, beautiful, take-no-prisoners female leads who are eventually revealed to be somewhat morally ambiguous women with scandalous (pardon the pun) pasts. The truth, though, is their pasts just so happen to be infinitely more interesting than that of their clients, at least usually.
Darn you, Conviction, for interrupting what started as a mega-hot makeout session between Hayes and Conner at the end of last week’s episode. Granted, breaking news about the pair’s secret deal to spare Hayes jail time in exchange for putting her at the helm of the CIU might spell disaster for both of them, but couldn’t we have seen a bit more kissing first? Especially since said kissing might not happen again for quite some time, if the last few moments of tonight’s installment are any indication.
The conclusion of last week’s Conviction was satisfying, sure, but in a cliché way, and had me wondering: I know we’re only two episodes in, but is every week going to be Hayes defying her team, then proving her superior skills as an attorney just in the nick of time to wrap up each case with a neat little bow? As electric as Hayley Atwell is on screen, that formula can get tired.
Hayes (Hayley Atwell) is about to cross a line. In the third episode of ABC’s legal drama Conviction, the rebellious lawyer investigates a bombing of a mosque that winds up pointing the crosshairs not at the racist bigot named Rodney Landon (Mike Doyle) who was convicted of the crime, but at the NYPD and Counter Terrorist Unit’s possibly fallible actions in convicting him in the first place.
This week on Conviction we got lies, videotapes, and… a dance party? (We’ll hold off on the sex part of the equation… for now). We’re only two weeks in, but tensions are building, romances are heating up, and lies are threatening to be exposed. This is going to be fun.
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