TV Review: ‘Proven Innocent’

  • Variety
The new Fox drama “Proven Innocent” would seem to be made for a moment in which many are looking more closely at the methods of prosecutors and seeing excesses in the criminal-justice system. Rachelle Lefevre plays Madeline Scott, imprisoned for years thanks in part to the zealous attention of a prosecutor (Kelsey Grammer) but then exonerated on appeal. In order, at first, to foil her nemesis’ run for political office, she makes it her mission to find people he’d put in jail who don’t deserve to be there — to, as the title says, prove the imprisoned innocent.

And it’s there that the show stumbles. The show’s obsession with “innocence” as a concept doesn’t in fact comport with the legal system’s privileging “guilt” or its absence. In our world, those who are let off by the legal system cannot be proven guilty; in this show’s,
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