TVLine Items: Emily Kinney Joins ABC Drama Pilot, Saul After-Show and More

Emily Kinney Conviction

Emily Kinney won’t be warding off any zombies in her next TV role, but she’ll be up against something even scarier: the criminal justice system.

The Walking Dead alumna has been cast in Conviction, ABC’s drama pilot about a woman (Agent Carter‘s Hayley Atwell) who is blackmailed into taking a job at Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.

Kinney will play Tess Thompson, the CIU’s bright-but-naive paralegal who hides an underlying dark sadness. A former employee of the Innocence Project, Tess is a true believer in the cause of wrongful convictions and thinks she can make a bigger impact working more cases from inside the system.

Since her character’s untimely death on The Walking Dead, Kinney’s TV credits have included Masters of Sex, The Flash and The Knick.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* AMC announced Friday that it will air the live after-show Talking Saul, following the Season 2 premiere and finale episodes of Better Call Saul. Hosted by Talking franchise staple Chris Hardwick, the first episode (Feb. 15, 11/10c) will feature series creators Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and star Bob Odenkirk.

* Thanks to Kerry Washington, we now have our first look at Confirmation, HBO’s upcoming TV movie about the controversial Supreme Court appointment hearings of Clarence Thomas. Scroll down to see a trailer for the project (premiering April 16 at 8/7c), which stars Washington, Wendell Pierce and Greg Kinnear.

* Syfy has given a pilot order to Prototype, a thriller about three unlikely cohorts who stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics — and puts their lives in grave danger. The potential series is created by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day), who will also executive-produce and write the script.

* Ahead of Veep‘s Season 5 premiere (April 24, 10:30/9:30c), HBO has released a 30-second teaser, in which Selina Meyer is feeling particularly bitter about the election results. Press PLAY below for a sneak peek: