Needless to say, the sleuth will be even more committed to jailing the real killer during the ABC drama’s second go-round — but she’ll also be up against a few more obstacles.
“It wouldn’t bode well for the show if, every season, our star detective did not get the person who committed the murder,” showrunner Barbie Kligman said Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. “There’s tremendous pressure, and she’s a very good detective, and she will find justice.”
As TVLine has previously reported, Season 2 will center on Eric Warner (played by Sleeper Cell‘s Michael Ealy), a well-educated newlywed and heir apparent to his family’s private equity firm in Charlotte, N.C. While attending a party to honor his dad’s (Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn) retirement, Eric’s wife (Dallas‘ Jordana Brewster) is murdered, forcing Eric to turn to Det. Cornell to find the truth.
“Everything about this season is different [for Cornell],” Lewis said, when asked how her typically icy character may evolve in the second season. “How she has to handle [a wealthy family], how she handles her investigation is different. She really has to watch herself. There’s more things she’s up against in her investigating.”
Secrets and Lies‘ sophomore season will also be told from Cornell’s perspective much more often than in Season 1, allowing viewers “to see the pressure [she] experiences in her own environment as she tries to solve the case… which is very refreshing for the audience,” Kligman shared. “There’s more to her than just that woman that keeps popping up.”
Still, even though Cornell learned a lesson from last season’s derailed Ben Crawford (R.I.P.) case, Lewis insisted her character won’t be weighed down by remorse when we next see her: “[She’s OK with what happened], as much as people who stuff emotional things down [can be].”
Secrets and Lies returns in 2016, though a premiere date is still TBD. Will you be watching?