There are a lot of procedurals out there today and it can be hard to pick one to watch. (If any!)
Honestly, I didn’t think I would be that interested in Proven Innocent, but I finally gave in and tried it – mostly for Russell Hornsby. And, I loved it.
This show takes the basic lawyer drama and gives it a deadly twist. It’s also is good at keeping the killer a mystery.
Let me introduce you to the characters and the storyline for the first six episodes and you can decide for yourself.
Let’s start with the story
The story revolves around Madeline and Levi Scott who at 18 were wrongfully convicted of their best friend Rosemary Lynch murder.
Now Madeline runs a firm named The Injustice Defense Group and with her partners tries to free the innocent.
Working against her though is state attorney Gore Bellows. Bellows is running for Attorney General and still believes Madeline and her brother are guilty.
Each episode finds Madeline and her team trying to free innocent people while Madeline tries to solve who really killed Rosemary.
Played by: Casey Tutton
She was found murdered in a quarry after a party ten years ago,
Played by: Rachelle Lefevre
She is the main character and founder of the Injustice Defense Group. Her and her brother were wrongly accused of Rosemary’s murder and spent ten years in prison for it. She is determined to find Rosemary’s true killer.
Played by; Riley Smith
Madeline’s brother who struggles with an oxycodone addiction brought on being convicted and time in jail.
We also find out he was dating Rosemary and they had kept it a secret.
Played by: Kelsey Grammer
He is the state attorney of Illinois who is also running to become attorney general.
He put the Scott siblings behind bars and still believes in their guilt.
Played by: Laurie Holden
The wife of Gore Bellows. She is always by his side and had a miscarriage during the Scott trial due to the stress of it.
Played by: Catherine Lidstone
A young up and coming lawyer who joins Gore’s team and his campaign.
Her mother was shot and killed while holding her by a man Gore freed believing he was innocent.
Ezekiel “Easy” Boudreau
Played by: Russell Hornsby
Easy was a reinsurance lawyer until he was the only one out of the 2,736 lawyers Madeline wrote to about her innocence.
He took Madeline’s case and won and now works for the injustice defense group.
Played by: Nikki James
The media consultant and runs the “Proven Innocent” podcast for the Injustice Defense Group.
Played by: Vincent Kartheiser
He is the firms chief investigator and likes to go undercover even when not deemed necessary. Also is an avid ninja fan.
Played by: David Alpay
Dylan is a journalist who dates Madeline to get insider information
Played by: Brett Rice
Rosemary’s father and against Bellow’s new law named after his daughter since he knows it’s about winning the campaign.
Played by: Eddie Diaz
Gallow’s opponent for Attorney General. He is supported by Rosemary’s father and Madeline.
Played by: Natalija Nogulich
Rosemary’s mother who still believes that Madeline and Levi are her daughter’s killers. She backs Bellow’s Rosemary’s law ( a ploy to get voters) that would make the time you have for an appeal of a verdict shorter.
Played by: Candice Coke
Wren is an inmate who has a relationship with Madeline while she is in prison and pushes her to get her degree.
Played by: Caitlin Mehner
Heather is a classmate of Madeline’s who brings up Rosemary’s death whenever it suits her.
She also pushes her husband into attacking Levi with a bat and then takes Levi to court for assault.
Played by: Ben Martin
The halfwit husband of Heather. He does everything she says and still seems like a teenager.
Each week this shows give the viewers the chance to play detective.
They do a great job of laying out the suspects while never letting on to anyone as the killer. We haven’t even seen Rosemary’s death actually happen, just her body.
If your looking for a legal drama with a mystery twist look no further.
Proven Innocent airs Friday nights at 9/8c on FOX.
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