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Michael Ealy Heads Over to ABC to Take Over as Lead in Anthology Crime Series ‘Secrets & Lies’

Michael Ealy Heads Over to ABC to Take Over as Lead in Anthology Crime Series 'Secrets & Lies'

Well, he didn’t have much luck with the Fox TV network, after starring in 2 failed drama series in “Almost Human” and the last season of the “The Following” (2 shows I actually enjoyed; both are now canceled). So let’s see if the luck of ABC rubs off on him.

Michael Ealy has booked the leading man role in the upcoming second season of ABC’s anthology series “Secrets & Lies” in which he’ll star opposite Juliette Lewis.

Season 1 of “Secrets and Lies” premiered on March 1, 2015, airing on Sunday nights at 9pm, and starred Ryan Phillippe as a family man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death, and has to clear his name.

Based on the Australian TV series of the same name, the 10-episode first season averaged roughly 6 million viewers per episode, and was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2015.

Juliette Lewis also co-starred in season one, playing a Detective Andrea Cornell; she’ll reprise the role in season 2, opposite Michael Ealy, in a new case that will see Ealy as a man whose wife’s murder is under investigation. I’ll guess that he’ll likely be the prime suspect, who, like Phillippe in season 1, will have to go on the run to prove his innocence (or is he?).

Here’s a breakdown, courtesy of Deadline: “Smart, well-educated and hard working, Warner is at the top of his game – he’s the heir apparent to his family’s private equity firm in Charlotte, NC, newly married to “the one” and walking on air. Eric is attending a party to honor dad passing over the reins when suddenly tragedy strikes – his wife Kate is murdered, and life, as he knows it, is over. “

I actually wasn’t even aware of the series, so I obviously haven’t watched a single episode of the first (and currently only) season of “Secrets & Lies.” So I have some catching up to do, via binge-watching. These so-called anthology series seem to be getting popular – the “American Horror Story” franchise, as well as “True Detective,” “American Crime,” “Secrets & Lies,” and whatever else I’m missing.

Season 2 of “Secrets & Lies” will premiere mid-season 2015/2016.

Up next for Ealy is the big screen thriller, “The Perfect Guy,” in which he plays a psychopath, opposite Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut. Screen Gems is releasing the film in September. 

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