Public Service Announcement 31 of 2016: Conviction, Code Black

New American drama Conviction reaches the UK this week. Hayley Atwell plays – deep breath – defence attorney Hayes Morrison, a defence attorney, the daughter of a former President, whose mother is also running for the Senate. She’s caught with cocaine and blackmailed by the DA into working for him as the head of the Conviction Integrity Unit, which looks into possible wrongful convictions. That’s quite a lot of backstory to be getting on with. This sounds like the sort of nonsense that I like, and I must admit that I was quite looking forward to it, but the reviews in America have suggested that there isn’t much to see; ratings aren’t great either, which means that renewal is unlikely. Shame (Sky Living, Wednesday November 2, 9pm).

Still, surprise renewals do happen: LA-set medical drama Code Black, for example, spent its first season on the bubble, but was ultimately renewed by CBS. (Unlike Limitless. I miss Limitless.) We reviewed season 1, but in the wake of some odd casting decisions between seasons – Raza Jaffrey and Bonnie Somerville out, Rob Lowe in – I am reliably informed by our Code Black correspondent that we won’t be doing the same with season 2 (W, Wednesday November 2, 9pm).

Also starting: season 2 of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (Sky 1, Thursday November 3, 8pm); season 13 of Grey’s Anatomy (Sky Living, Wednesday November 2, 10pm); season 5 of House Of Lies (Sky Atlantic, Thursday 3 November, 10.10pm); and season 1 of sci-fi drama The Expanse, starring Thomas Jane (Netflix, Thursday 3 November).

There’s a lot going on this week, so we’ll need more than one PSA to cover it all. More soon.


4 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 31 of 2016: Conviction, Code Black

  1. CJ Cregg November 1, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    I quite like Hayley Attwell but the backstory for Conviction sounds like the people who thought it up just kept adding bits on to one-up each other. “You think I can’t make this any more unlikely? I’ll see you her President Dad and raise you her being blackmailed by the DA! To be DA Internal Affairs!”

    I would just like to say, AGAIN, that the firing of Raza Jaffrey and Bonnie Somerville from Code Black is both insane and idiotic. They were brilliant and their characters were absolutely lovely. I don’t care enough about any of the other characters to watch without them, and I can’t imagine I’ll be the only viewer the show loses for the same reason either.

  2. Traxy November 1, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    “the reviews in America have suggested that there isn’t much to see”. THIS IS WHAT THEY CANCELLED AGENT CARTER FOR?! 😬

    • e November 2, 2016 / 2:11 am

      Oh and Galavant is playing an unlikeable psycho. And yet they RENEWED NASHVILLE.

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