‘Graceland’ Alum Manny Montana Joins ABC Pilot ‘Conviction’

Legal drama stars Hayley Atwell, Shawn Ashmore, Emily Kinney

“Graceland” alum Manny Montana has joined the cast of ABC’s legal drama pilot “Conviction.”

Hayley Atwell stars in the pilot, and Shawn Ashmore and Emily Kinney also recently joined the cast.

Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper will executive produce the pilot with co-creators Liz Friedman and Liz Friedlander. Friedman wrote and Friedlander will direct the pilot.

The project is a co-production between the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, and Entertainment One (eOne) will handle international rights.

The series tells the story of Carter Morrison (Atwell), 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 and 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.

Montana will play Franklin “Frankie” Rios. In charge of Forensics, Frankie has a street-savvy reserve that co-exists with a boyish excitement for science. He became interested in forensics after watching a forensics show almost daily when serving two years in prison for car theft.

Montana is best known for his role as Johnny on USA’s “Graceland,” which ran for three seasons. He is represented by Innovative Artists and Trademark Talent.