In what could potentially be devastating news for Agent Carter fans everywhere (myself included), Marvel series star Hayley Atwell has been cast in the lead role in ABC’s new drama pilot Conviction.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Atwell’s role in Conviction is in first position to Agent Carter, which means that if Conviction gets picked up to series, the actress would have to juggle both that and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff. That is if (and that's a big if *sniff!*) Agent Carter gets a Season 3 renewal.
But all could still be swell, right?
Well, the Marvel series has been struggling in the ratings this season, but like Peggy, we can still hang on to a sliver of hope because, if ABC decides to renew Agent Carter, the network promises it will work out a production schedule to allow Hayley Atwell to film both series. At least there’s that. But what also makes me fear for Agent Carter’s future besides the rating game is the news that current Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters also have a pilot order at ABC, a soap titled The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez.
At least ABC is somewhat keeping Conviction in the Marvel family with Jessica Jones writer and executive producer Liz Friedman penning the script that tells the story of Carter Morrison (Atwell), the “brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter” of a former U.S. president, blackmailed into taking a gig as the head of a newly created Conviction Integrity Unit in Los Angeles. Along with a team of lawyers, investigators and CSIs, she’ll work to re-examine cases where there's a high probability that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Do you think Hayley Atwell nabbing the lead role in a new ABC pilot may spell trouble for Agent Carter’s chances of a third season renewal?