Sky Living to show US drama Conviction

Sky Living has picked up the rights to Conviction - a new US legal thriller starring Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter). The first series will air at 9pm on 2 November.

The new series follows Atwell's Hayes Morrison, the smart but troubled daughter of a former US president. She's blackmailed into taking a job as the head of New York's newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. There, she'll work with a team of oddly attractive lawyers, investigators and forensic scientists to re-examine cases where the wrong person may have been convicted.

As well as Hayley Atwell, the show also stars Eddie Cahill (CSI:NY), Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men movies), Merrin Dungey (Alias), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Manny Montana (Graceland) and Daniel Franzese (Looking).

Adam MacDonald, director of Sky Living, said: "As the home of the best-loved US network dramas, Conviction is a perfect fit for 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."

That said, not everyone has welcomed the show so warmly. Critical reception to the new series has actually been rather cool. USA Today said that "Conviction is guilty of mediocrity", and The Guardian's critic said that "someone at ABC should be locked up for squandering Atwell's considerable talents once again."

But we reckon it may be still worth watching - plenty of shows have a rocky start out of the gate, and find their footing later, and considering the calibre of the cast, Conviction may well be one of those.

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