The Secrets & LiesSeason 2 mystery centers on Eric Warner (Michael Ealy), a man accused of pushing his wife Kate (Jordana Brewster) off a 12-story building - but it's lead Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) who is under the most pressure.
The case and characters in Season 2 are brand-new, but Andrea still carries the weight of putting the wrong man in prison on her last case and can't afford to make that big of a mistake again. "It wouldn't bode well for our show if every season our star detective did not get the murderer. She is a very good detective and she will find justice," executive producer Barbie Kligman said at the Television Critics Association winter previews.
The stinging pain of getting it wrong in Season 1 is not the only thing challenging Detective Cornell in the new season. She's dealing with a different environment and a family that is better able to protect themselves from her investigative probing. "I was so excited just by the cast and the setting, this sort of corporate America [with] this wealthy family. How she has to handle them, how she has to go about her investigation is different," Lewis said. "These people are not uneducated. They have lots of resources, money. They can lawyer up. She really has to watch herself and be the best detective she can. The power dynamics are really interesting."
Audiences will get a better look of what Cornell is up against a lot sooner in the sophomore season than they did in Season 1. "Primarily, the point of view for the first episodes of Season 1 was that of Ben Crawford [Ryan Phillippe]. Whatever Detective Cornell was doing was seen as irritating because it was seen through the prism of his own guilt or worry," Kligman said. "In Season 2, we split point of view as early as episode 4. We get to see the pressure that Detective Cornell experiences in her own environment as she tries to solve the case."
The emotional weight of the Crawford case is the only carryover from Season 1 fans should expect though. "One of the things that makes this show great is that every season is new characters and a new story," Kligman said. "When you're taking a 10-episode model and new characters every time, you can do whatever you want with them."
Secrets & Lies Season 2 will premiere on ABC in 2016.