TNT Eyes Legal Drama Based On Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy From Viola Davis, Debra Martin Chase & ‘Empire’ Writer
by Nellie Andreeva •
March 22, 2016 6:15pm
Viola Davis Kym Worthy
PRIMETIME PILOT PANIC
DEBRA MARTIN CHASE
I hear TNT is developing Conviction, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI, known as the toughest woman in Detroit.
Chase 1How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis is executive producing the project with Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle). Empire co-executive producer Ayanna Floyd is writing the script and executive producing. The project was originally developed at ABC during the 2014-2015 season with another writer. ABC has a legal drama pilot Conviction this season, which is unrelated to this project.
Worthy became the second African-American to serve as a county prosecutor in Michigan when she was appointed chief prosecutor of Wayne County in 2004. She is known for a number of high-profile cases, like filing charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and her campaign to clear a massive backlog of 11,000 unprocessed rape test kits in Detroit.
Davis and and her proFloydducing partner Julius Tennon executive produce through their JuVee Productions, Martin Chase through her Martin Chase Prods. Both companies have deals with ABC Studios, which originally developed the project when it was at ABC but is not actively involved in the TNT version. Also executive producing are Floyd as well as Kim Swann and Leah Keith who brought Worthy’s story to Hollywood. Worthy is a consultant.
JuVee Productions, and Martin Chase Prods. are repped by CAA. Floyd, Keith, Swann, and Worthy are repped by ICM Partners.
Halle Berry would be perfect for this role. TNT will order 10 episoes and they can have it on the air in early 2017!
Go, Viola! Really you think so jwbull? I actually think this would be a great job for Mo’Nique!