‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Conviction’ alum Emily Kinney cast in new ABC series

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In the likely event that “Conviction” does not return to ABC, it certainly looks as though Emily Kinney is not going to be out of work for very long at all.

As first reported by Deadline, Kinney (who remains best known for her work as Beth on “The Walking Dead,” and as a recording artist) is set to star alongside Krya Sedgwick in the upcoming series “Ten Days in the Valley,” which does already have a straight-to-series order. (Therefore, there is no real reason to worry about it making it through the pilot process.) The series revolves around Jane Sadler (Sedgwick), a veteran television producer for a crime-based series who finds herself in a terrible position when her young child is kidnapped in the middle of the night. The fact that she is going through a separation only makes it work.

Meanwhile, you are going to have a chance to see Kinney step up in the role of Casey, Sadler’s assistant and a woman who works tirelessly in order to ensure that everything is smooth sailing for her boss. There’s a lot of respect between them, but it still feels sensible that you would still expect her of wrongdoing in the disappearance just because almost everyone could be a suspect in what went down.

There is no word as of yet if this role effectively means that “Conviction” is canceled, or if “Ten Days in the Valley” is in first position for Kinney. This means that even in the event that a miracle happened and “Conviction” is renewed, Kinney would stick with the new show. The reason that it’s not really known is probably because it’s fairly irrelevant — this show isn’t coming back, and it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see series star Hayley Atwell eventually find another job somewhere else, as well. That’s the one good thing about the timing of the show ending when it did — it allows the actors to go and seek out other employment.

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