Secrets and Lies Season 2

Secrets and Lies Season 2: Detective Cornell Will Be Under 'Tremendous Pressure' After Ben Crawford Blunder

Despite her most diligent efforts, Juliette Lewis‘ tough-as-nails Detective Cornell didn’t put the right person behind bars in Secrets and Lies freshman season.

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?

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  1. nickspace says:

    I’m excited for the new season, but based on that promo picture I’m wondering if season 2 will be based in the same small fictional town as season 1…

  2. Can’t wait, season 1 was fantastic

  3. Becky says:

    The article on Deadline says it returns on March 1. Is that accurate?

  4. Theresa says:

    I can’t wait to see how much that last case affected her.

  5. S&L Fan says:

    I’ve been waiting for months now!!! I miss the show. Air season 2 already!!!!!!

  6. Kelly Burghul says:

    Oh you bet I’ll be watching. I cannot wait!!!! Yayyy😊😊 I think Juliette Lewis is an amazing actress and her supporting crew seems to be just as awesome. Patiently waiting.

  7. hahahaha but who are these people in the photo with Lewis? That’s not Ealy. Nor Brewster. Nor even O’Quinn. No one who is mentioned in the article… ?

  8. N says:

    I’ve been waiting for this! Yay!

  9. Laura Choate says:

    Yes I will definitely be watching again this season! I’m always looking to see if there’s a start date, I’m waiting patiently! My husband loves it too, he’s not waiting quite so patiently, lol.

  10. Doug Cowan says:

    Definitely. Really enjoyed Season 1. Juliet Lewis excellent and great story in Season 1.ooks like Season 2 will be just as good. Doug Cowan

  11. Can’t get here soon enough….waiting, waiting, waiting :)

  12. Evelyn says:

    I’ll be succinct? Absolutely!!

  13. Jill Perry says:

    Yes I will watch this! It’s about time you got this show back on the air. Juliette Lewis is a great actress but I will miss seeing Ryan Phillippe this season.

  14. Norma says:

    I can’t wait for the new season!! Love it♥♥♥

  15. Karen says:

    Yes, I’ll be watching! Loved the show. But Ryan Phillips is a main character. I don’t know if I’ll continue watching if he’s killed off.

  16. Kodi2k6 says:

    Enough already! Give us an air date!

  17. dawn says:

    This show kept our family at the edge of our seats last season. my husband rarely watches fictional tv and he was hooked on this show. we are looking forward to this next season! so glad it wasn’t cancelled-we were a little concerned when it didn’t see a date in January to begin season 2…will miss Ryan Philippe though…..

  18. Nell Lillard says:

    Loved the show. Extremely well done. My type of show. When will the second season begin! Don’t want to miss it.

  19. carol says:

    This show is the best. I can’t wait for it to start again.

  20. Gail says:

    Can’t wait for Show to start, let’s get this going!
    Fantastic show

  21. Beverly says:

    Will be watching, will watch anything with Michael Ealy!

  22. Yes , love the show !!! So excited it’s coming back. Keeps you guessing.

  23. Mary says:

    Oh yea. Love the show

  24. Connie Staub says:

    When will it come back on

  25. Cynthia Vanlandingham says:

    Absolutely! I was hooked on this show from the first episode in Season 1. In fact, my friend in NC and I, in FL, watch it and message about what we think may be the next move in the plot.

  26. kim says:

    I am past ready for this to come back on!! Lets get it started!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this

  27. Alicia Gonzalez says:

    Love this show can wait for season 2 👍

  28. Frances says:

    what the heck??? when is the date??? keep randomly checking for it…come on!!!!!

  29. Frances says:

    come on people, give us a date…it’s been too long of a wait!!!

  30. Frances says:

    come on give us an air date for Season 2, I cannot wait, it is torture!!! IT HAS BEEN TOO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. COME ON PEOPLE….SEASON 2 AIR DATE PLEASE! It’s been way too long of a wait!!!

  32. josette says:

    Omg can’t wait

  33. T says:

    What is the hold up?

  34. Ann says:

    Cant wait, hope its as good as first season!!

  35. ropho says:

    Yes of course !!!Ryan Phillippe we will miss you!!!!

  36. leslie says:

    I’ve been waiting for FOREVER!

  37. Nicola Ehman says:

    I am very anxious for Secrets & Lies to return. Loved season one.

  38. Sarah says:

    Yes I will be watching – can’t wait!

  39. Sherry says:

    Can’t wait, but sure wish we knew the air date.

  40. Nancy Tyler says:

    Can’t wait to see season 2

  41. Kimberly says:

    Pleas, Please, Please let this show come back on. Don’t do this to me….

  42. Cindy says:

    Been waiting for the next season!

  43. D Morgan says:

    Want to watch…but when??? Why is it taking so long?

  44. david says:

    I can’t wait, first season was great. Hope it comes on soon.

  45. Linda White says:

    Love the show & the cast! Can’t wait for the next season!

  46. MICHELLE says:


  47. Jackie says:

    Yes cant wait.

  48. Liz says:

    Can’t wait for the new season!

  49. Cherri says:

    This was the best show on tv

  50. Kathy Pavlak says:

    Can’t wait! One of the best tv series I’ve ever watched