Secrets and Lies Casts Michael Ealy as Season 2 Lead, Plus: New Case Details

Michael Ealy Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies‘ Detective Cornell is about to turn her icy stare on Michael Ealy.

The actor, who just wrapped a run as serial killer Theo on The Following, has been cast as the male lead on Season 2 of ABC’s crime drama.

Per our sister site Deadline, Ealy will play Eric Warner, a well-educated newlywed and heir apparent to his family’s private equity firm in Charlotte, N.C. While Eric is attending a party to honor his dad’s retirement, Eric’s wife, Kate, is murdered — and he must turn to the unflappable Det. Cornell to investigate Kate’s death.

As previously reported, Juliette Lewis’ formidable sleuth will be the only Season 1 character returning for the show’s sophomore run.

Secrets and Lies‘ second go-round will debut at midseason, taking over the Wednesdays-at-10 time slot during Nashville‘s hiatus.

Will you tune in for Secrets and Lies Season 2, now that Ealy is on board? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    Awesome, I really like him.

  2. dj says:

    Can’t wait. Love Michael Ealy!

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Hope Michael Ealy’s new gig on Secrets and Lies may get his TV career back on track.

  4. meatwad says:

    didn’t watch the first but i’m a big fan of his so i will have to check this out

  5. Mike says:

    will there be other charcters other then Det. Cornell returning for season 2

  6. didi says:

    Why would anyone want to watch w/out Ryan Phillipe?

    • tammy says:

      because it was a great show ,i wish ryan could be on also but i plan on watching because it will probably be as good as last season just with different actors

    • Dysturbed says:

      For the same reason that they might watch any previous anthology show that has a primarily new cast each year.

    • Lisa says:

      I’ll watch it no matter who is on it. I don’t watch shows because of one particular person. Ryan Phillippe was awesome in the show, but the story was also intense and engaging. That’s the reason I’ll be watching season 2.

  7. Joseph says:

    Great choice! A fine actor, he will bring great skill to this show. Can’t wait to see how Juliet Lewis torments this one.

  8. tammy says:

    when exacly will it be on

  9. Et al says:

    I’d say this is his last chance. If S&L gets canceled after this season, he’ll officially be the new Ted McGinley.

    • g says:

      well not really – this is an anthology show and it’s not like it’s been on for a lot of years already. it’s only the 2nd season and Ted lost his show canceller stigma long ago when he joined the cast of Married with Children.

      either way this type of a show is just more like a temp job for a guy like Michael Ealy who could easily end up joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe – ie. as the new Blade or some other character.

      and really for the Following season 3 – his last show – his role is what gave the final season the creative juice that it needed and if only people that quit after season 2 came back to the show sooner it likely would have been picked up for a 4th season.

  10. Pedro says:

    Jesus, how handsome can one man be!

  11. prish says:

    Always hoping Almost Human gets picked up, but in the meantime, I’ll watch Ealy on this show. I couldn’t bear to see him as a villain, so I stayed away from The Following, the same thing for James Purefoy.

  12. joepetitjean80 says:

    Great choice

  13. ToyCannon says:

    The first season was great, but this show is dead to me for killing off Ryan Phillippe’s character in the season finale epilogue bonus footage.

  14. PrettyBored says:

    He’s this generation Blair Underwood easy on the eye mediorce acting overall blah presentation. Hes like a flash … Blink and hes gone never quite leaving any lasting impression. Boring.

  15. N says:

    I’ll be watching!

  16. Sammy says:

    The second season might be better. Will def watch. Season 1 was just so like broadchurch….

    • herman1959 says:

      Ditto, that’s exactly why I didn’t watch season 1 – I couldn’t watch another “who killed the boy” show. However, I WILL be watching season two for Mr. Ealy.

  17. Gerald says:

    He did it. He plays a killer so well. I guess it will take Det Cornell 2 seconds to realize it was him but the whole season to prove it.

    • Lisa says:

      Well, in the real world crimes are not usually solved in one day. I think it gives a more realistic view of how things can play out.

  18. Jane says:

    Didn’t like him on Being Human but I did like him on the Following. I didn’t watch the first season of the show but I might give the 2nd season a try.

  19. Jackie says:

    YES, Can’t wait for this to start again!!

  20. Television says:

    Ok, totally sad. The only reason I watched the show was for the good acting from Phillipe and Lewis.

  21. Daniel says:

    Asolutely I will watch. I enjoyed season 1 and the ending was a surprise. It had me guessing every week. I was just hoping season 2 would follow up on season 1 as Det. Cornell promised she would.

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  23. canjura says:

    Oh c’mon! So, is Cornell just giving up on the killer of Ben? So, that final Cornell’s Confidential where she claims she’s going to make sure the real killer pays was just poop? not to mention, Kadee Strickland and Natalie Martinez are very soft on the eyes. ;)

  24. Chazlyn Rakes says:

    I love him BUT no one else is returning except Cornell? Wtf that’s not cool. Hopefully it’ll still be good😞

  25. haymarilyn7 says:

    I didn’t watch season one but can’t wait to see Michael Ealy in this new role; I still mourn the cancellations of Common Law and Almost Human. IMO, he’s the most versatile and compelling actor today.

  26. Ada says:

    sure I like the program

  27. shelly says:

    I liked the series from the start and look forward to season 2.

  28. Giavonni says:

    Noooo. Don’t get me wrong I love Michael Ealy but Ryan Philippe was awesome…and the season could have ended better if they were going to replace the cast with a brand new cast!

  29. Katrina says:

    I’m going to miss Ryan Phillippe, but it will be nice to see Michael Ealy. Also, I heard Charlie Barnett is joining the cast. I didn’t like it when he had to leave Chicago Fire. It’s going to be great seeing him on Secrets and Lies. Can’t wait to set my DVR 😊 📺

  30. Sandy Hatcher-Holmes says:

    Definitely I love him