Viola Davis moves forward with producing Kym Worthy-inspired series

e've heard word of a Kym Worthy-inspired TV show for more than a year now. Wayne County's top prosecutor was said to be the inspiration behind a new legal drama about her "tough" reputation stemming from her high-profile cases (like bringing charges against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick).

Now some of those plans are coming to fruition. The legal drama was originally slated as an ABC project, but Deadline reports that the show is now being developed by TNT under the title “Conviction.”

The series will be produced by Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder, The Help) and husband Julius Tennon through their production company, JuVee Productions. Debra Martin Chase, who produced the Sparkle remake filmed here in Detroit (see our 2012 interview with her here) has joined on as an executive producer, and Ayanna Floyd (Empire) will also be executive producing and writing the script. Worthy is said to be working as a consultant for the show.

A premiere date has not been announced.

Note that Davis probably won't be starring in the series; that might interfere with her duties as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder. Whoever is playing the Worthy-inspired character, though, certainly has some big shoes to fill. We've always known Kym Worthy is tough, but if this pilot is successful, we're sure others will take notice.


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