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“Secrets and Lies” taps Michael Ealy as Season 2 Lead

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ABC’s Secrets and Lies, one of the surprise renewals this year, has found its male lead for season two. Michael Ealy (The Following) has signed on to play Eric Warner, a well-educated newlywed and heir apparent to his family’s private equity firm in Charlotte, N.C. When Eric attends a party to honor his father’s retirement, Eric’s wife, Kate, is murdered.

Juliette Lewis’ Detective Cornell is the only cast member to return to the drama’s second season. The second season will air midseason, taking over for Nashville in the Wednesday, 10PM slot during the former show’s hiatus.

Ryan Phillippe, KaDee Strickland, and Lewis starred in the first season, which followed Ben Crawford (Phillippe), a family man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death. The series debuted to a mediocre 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic, but stayed steady enough to get renewed – even growing to a 1.8 for the finale.

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