"Pilot" is the series premiere of Conviction. The story for the episode was written by Liz Friedman and Liz Friedlander, with the teleplay by Liz Friedman. The episode was directed by Liz Friedlander and it aired on October 3, 2016.
Hayes Morrison needs to dig herself out of what could be a publicly embarrassing situation. She makes a clandestine deal with her adversary, Conner Wallace, to take on the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) and justice system in order to save face, not only for herself, but for her family. The first case Hayes pushes her team to consider is that of Odell Dwyer, a handsome former high school football player, who has been in prison for eight years for murdering his girlfriend. The CIU only has five days to determine if there was mishandled evidence, an invalid confession or a mistaken witness – five days to give Wallace the acclaim he wants for the CIU's first case and, perhaps, for Hayes to gain the respect she deserves.
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After lawyer Hayes Morrison, daughter of a former President of the United States, is arrested for cocaine possession, she is blackmailed by her former adversary and current district attorney into heading his new Conviction Integrity Unit. Putting her in charge provides publicity and makes him look good. Hayes reluctantly accepts in order to save herself and her family from public embarrassment. She and her team take the case of Odell Dwyer, a "good-looking black poster-boy" in prison for murdering his girlfriend back when the two were in high school. Through investigation of the forensics, the case detective, and scene re-creation, Hayes and the CIU prove that Odell was not the murderer.
- Kiana Madeira as Cindy Rosario
- Aaron Williams as Assistant
- Fode Bangoura as Delivery Guy
- Julien Hyacinthe as Cop
- Troy Blundell as Tactical Officer
- Sebastian Cordoba as Hector Esparia
- Siberian Nights – The Kills
- No Me Dica – Max DiCarlo
- Bright Shiny Day – Daniel Farrant & James Knight
- Pretty Horses – Shirley Manson
| "Pilot" • "Bridge and Tunnel Vision" • "Dropping Bombs" • "Mother's Little Burden" • "The 1% Solution" • "#StayWoke" •|
"A Simple Man" • "Bad Deals" • "A Different Kind of Death" • "Not Okay" • "Black Orchid" • "Enemy Combatant" • "Past, Prologue & What's to Come"
- "Pilot" at IMDb