In the new ABC drama, Atwell plays Hayes Morrison, a lawyer and former First Daughter who must help the wrongfully convicted in order to avoid jail time herself. Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, and Emily Kinney also star.
Speaking to CBR, Atwell said she was offered the part on Conviction while still waiting to hear if Agent Carter would be renewed or not:
It was unclear if Agent Carter would go ahead… It was always one of those much-loved but kind of little places that it had in the world of ABC, and it was very much up in the air. I kind of was able to let that go. I’m quite good at letting go of that which is not in my control. Once I have no choice, I just get on with it. I was back to being an actor for hire, and that’s how I’ve always been. That’s how I’ll always see myself, and that also means that I’m always starting again. I’m always learning new things.
So when this pilot came about, ABC said, “Well, this is not where we’re cancelling ‘Agent Carter.’ This is a great new project. We really want you in the center of it. We want to see if it’s going to go.” And then, there were talks of, “Do we do an ‘Agent Carter’ special? Does [‘Conviction’] not get picked up, and ‘Agent Carter’ does? Does the opposite happen? Does neither of them happen? Will I be completely, like, jobless come summer?” All of that was a possibility, and you can only really focus on what’s right in front of you.”
The actress later teased that an Agent Carter special was still not off the table:
I think they would have figured something out in terms of making a special, or waiting until we finish this season, and then we do something else with another network, perhaps. All I’m saying with that is, it’s still a much-loved show for the people involved in the making of it, and we know that the fans, it has a special place in their hearts. I would be very happy to go back to her if she became available.”
Conviction premieres tonight, October 3rd, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Agent Carter? Will you check out Conviction?