Conviction's Daniel Franzese Previews the Fallout From Hayes' Latest Scandal — Plus: Watch an Exclusive Clip

Now that Hayes and Conner’s little “arrangement” has been exposed, Monday’s Conviction (ABC, 10/9c) will thrust Hayley Atwell’s character back into the spotlight  — and guess who’s going to be stuck shielding her from public scrutiny.

“I think Jackson learned a long time ago that he can’t control Hayes; she’s always going to do what she wants,” Daniel Franzese, who plays Hayes’ brother — and the manager of their mother’s Senate campaign — tells TVLine. “But I also think it’ll be fun to finally see her start to crack under pressure.”

As for what attracted him to this role — a decidedly more straight-laced character than we’re used to seeing him play — Franzese says, “I thought it would be interesting to play the first gay son of a president, and what that could mean, especially with all the judgment he must have faced from the public. There are a lot of things to talk about in the future, what that experience was like for him.”

“There’s some talk in upcoming episodes that brings us back into that world,” Franzese teases, “like Hayes talking about painting her toenails in the Oval Office.” (Editor’s note: I think some flashbacks are in order.)

Beyond that, Franzese is excited for us to explore the rest of the Morrison family tree: “I can’t wait to see, down the line, who ends up being our father. I think it’ll be very interesting — and very telling.”

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  1. Anne Ng says:

    I am enjoying Conviction. The series has been getting stronger and stronger as the audience gets to know each member of the Conviction Integrity Unit. Hayley Atwell is outstanding as Hayes Morrison. You never quite know what Hayes is going to say or do. There is a vulnerability in her interactions between Hayes and her family, and a feeling that a lot of hurt and betrayal has occurred in her past. Despite her wild personal life, she has professional integrity and a firm belief in the impartiality of the law. She is always challenging her staff and the criminal justice system in trying to determine the guilt or innocence of the convicted. Despite being a legal procedural, the cases have not been cookie cutter, the audience is both morally challenged and intellectually challenged by each case. In our household, Conviction is family viewing.

    • Ms Hannah says:

      I agree with you. I find it frustrating reading reviews saying its a ‘cookie cutter- law procedural’, but I don’t agree with the statement, I, like you, find that the cases have all had different outcomes, not all people have been innocent, not all have been good people that have deserved to get out etc, and unlike many law shows, it was harder for me to guess the outcome. I find Hayes to be an interesting character with many different facets and I hope we get a chance to see them. Watching the final scene of the latest episode had me in tears so I hope ABC gives it a real chance and realise that with so many new channels and people watching TV in their own time that ratings on the night do not indicate actual viewership. So sick of shows going before they have a chance to get a decent fan base. If shows like Friends, Gilmore Girls, Bones, NCIS were starting out today, they would likely be cancelled (their showrunners have even made comments about it) because it took until the 2nd or 3rd season to raise their ratings and get people hooked.