ABC’s Agent Carter is a terrific show. It’s fun, and smart, and accessible for Marvel novices, as well as devoted fans. People should watch it. Unfortunately, people do not watch it, at least not in the type of numbers that would make it a lock for a third season. Which makes this next part interesting: Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell has landed the lead in a new ABC drama pilot from Jessica Jones executive producer Liz Friedman.
First things first, details about this pilot.
Conviction tells the story of Carter Morrison (Atwell), 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. She, along with 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.
A troublemaking genius former First Daughter gets blackmailed into freeing innocent people in sunny Southern California? Okay. Okay. Whole lot going on there, but we can work with it. Fifty bucks says the District Attorney is crooked.
But more importantly, if Hayley Atwell, the star of Agent Carter, is out here taking on starring roles in other shows, what exactly does that mean for the future of Agent Carter? Right now, according to THR, ABC is insisting that if both this pilot and Agent Carter get picked up, they will wiggle the production schedules around to make it work, but even with that assurance, this still doesn’t feel like a great sign. Just the fact that Atwell is even looking for other starring roles doesn’t feel like a great sign.
Long story short: If you’re a big Agent Carter fan, you might want to consider savoring the last five episodes of season two. Might be all you’re gonna get.