Political Crime Soap 'Conviction' From 'Quantico' Producer Picked Up to Pilot at ABC

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ABC is looking for a new twist on a political crime soap. 

The network has picked up drama Conviction to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From The Mark Gordon Co. (Quantico), the project tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. There, Carter and 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.

Liz Friedman (Elementary, Jessica Jones) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Liz Friedlander (The Following), with the latter on board to direct. Independent producer Mark Gordon (with backing from Entertainment One) will exec produce alongside Nicholas Pepper. The drama is considered a co-production between ABC Studios — where Gordon's company used to be based — and MGC.

Conviction marks ABC's sixth drama pilot this season. It joins previously announced drama pilots including Kiefer Suthlerland's Designated Survivor (picked up straight to series), courtroom anthology The Jury, Agents of SHIELD spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted, John Ridley's PI drama Presence and Shondaland's Romeo and Juliet follow-up Still Star-Crossed

MGC is also behind Designated Survivor and is an executive producer on Grey's Anatomy, CBS' Criminal Minds and spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, as well as Showtime's Ray Donovan.

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