'Proven Innocent' - Kelsey Grammer, Rachelle Lefevre Face Off In New Legal Drama
FOX, Feb. 15, 9:00 PM ET
By Jacqueline Cutler
“I didn’t do it” is the refrain heard in courts and prisons. While it’s often a desperate attempt by the guilty to go free, thousands of wrongly convicted people do languish in prison, and FOX’s Proven Innocent (premiering Friday, Feb. 15) examines those cases.
It’s a procedural with a crime of the week, often based on real cases, but there’s an added layer of mystery unfolding over the season. Kelsey Grammer stars as Cook County State’s Attorney Gore Bellows, who could be perceived as an opportunistic politician angling to become attorney general. Does he bend facts to inflate his conviction numbers? Or is he a true believer?
“We’ve got to give him a bottom that makes sense,” Grammer says, explaining that if Bellows were only nefarious, he wouldn’t be much of a character. Grammer was reflecting on the show last summer before shooting began. He read the pilot, and it “seemed like an interesting world for me to play around in.”
The justice system resonates on a deeply personal level for Grammer, who regularly testifies against paroling his sister’s murderers. (In 1975 his then 18-year-old sister was abducted, sexually assaulted and killed.) His take on Bellows reveals a man certain he is doing the right thing.
Bellows never doubts the guilt of his nemesis, Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre, Under the Dome). He had prosecuted her and her brother Levi (Riley Smith, Frequency) for killing her best friend when they were teenagers.
While in prison for 10 years, Madeline earned her bachelor’s degree. After she was exonerated, she attended Yale Law, graduating at the top of her class. She became a crusading attorney and is gunning for Bellows. Since he ignored evidence in her case, she figures he’s railroaded others.
“His approach in my case was so stunningly dishonest that any opportunity to show the world that our white-knight state’s attorney is really a corrupt liar is really an opportunity I am eager to take,” Madeline says in the pilot.
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