ABC Orders Drama Pilots about Wrongful Convictions and Warring Models


UPDATED (with more pilot information): ABC has given the greenlight to the drama pilots Conviction–which perhaps could be called a cross between Making a Murderer and Chelsea Clinton–and Model Woman, based on the book Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty.

Conviction, written by Liz Friedman (Elementary, House, One Tree Hill) centers on “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. 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.”

Liz Friedlander (Stalker, The Following) will direct the pilot and executive produce with Friedman. Mark Gordon is executive producing through The Mark Gordon Co., while Nicholas Pepper is also an EP.

ABC Studios is behind the show.

As for Model Woman, the show is a soap set in the 1970s, “during the notorious Model Wars. The show is centered on Bertie Geiss – a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency,” per ABC.

Helen Childress, who wrote the 1994 film Reality Bites, is the writer/executive producer, while Rosalie Swedlin and Scarlett Lacey are also executive producers. TriStar Television is the studio.