Sky Living has acquired ABC’s legal thriller Conviction, starring Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell, after striking a deal with international distributor Entertainment One, TVWise has learned. The series is set to premiere on Sky Living in November.
Conviction tells the story of Hayes Morrison (Atwell), the former First Daughter, who accepts a job from NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.
The hour-long thriller was co-created by writer Liz Friedman (Elementary) and director Liz Friedlander (The Following) and hails from The Mark Gordon Company, which is based out of eOne, and ABC Studios. In addition to Hayley Atwell, the cast also includes Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY), Shawn Ashmore (The Following) , Merrin Dungey (Alias), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Manny Montana (Graceland) and Daniel Franzese (Looking). The executive producers are Liz Friedman, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.
At Sky Living, Conviction joins a slate of exclusive U.S. acquisitions that includes Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Shades Of Blue and Bones. “As the home of the best-loved US network dramas, Conviction is a perfect fit for Sky Living”, said Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky Living. “With strong characters, engrossing storylines and suspense-filled moments, the show is sure to make it to the top of our customers’ ‘must watch’ list.”
This marks the UK deal for a new series from the current 2016-2017 U.S. broadcast season. Other previous deals include: Netflix UK swooping for both Star Trek: Discovery and Kiefer Sutherland series Designated Survivor; ITV2 taking CBS comedy The Great Indoors; ITV buying Lethal Weapon; and Channel 4 securing exclusive rights to NBC series This Is Us. Numerous other agreements are in the pipeline, at various broadcasters, for such shows as 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice and Timeless.