The anthology drama will not return.
May 11, 2017
It is being reported that ABC has pulled the plug on Secrets and Lies, cancelling the low-rated drama after its second season. The move was somewhat expected after the series struggled to find an audience during its sophomore run last fall.
Based on the Australian series of the same name, Secrets and Lies was an anthology that focused on different crimes and characters each season, with Juliette Lewis starring as the same lead detective on each case. The show premiered as a mid-season entry in 2015 and fared quite well during its spring run. After a move to the fall for Season 2 in 2016, it unfortunately failed to maintain its momentum.
05/17/17 at 06:36am
Now we will never know who was shot in the end. I really enjoyed the show, but it didn't have a great night either to watch. I hope it will return becasue I love Michael Ealy.
05/12/17 at 08:35am
After seeing the Aussie version first - which felt slow - season 1 of the US version was like molasses. I knew I hadn't given it a snowball's chance so though I wasn't thrilled with Juliette Lewis in this role, I moved on to season 2. I'm glad it was an anthology which obviously meant new material for me, but I still found it slow. It just felt like with enough cuts in the right places, I might have enjoyed it more. It made me wonder if it had to be stretched beyond its storyline to keep the network happy who possibly wanted a full 10 episodes.
05/12/17 at 02:23am
The first season was excellent. I could never get into the second one though so, this show won't be missed.
Juliette Lewis was awesome, though
05/11/17 at 09:10pm
It should probably be added that "due to inept ABC executives the sophomore season struggled to find an audience". One seriously has to wonder how these network executives get their jobs because it can't be due to intelligence or taste in shows.
05/11/17 at 08:28pm
This is not so much "pulling the plug" or cancelling as it is determining not to create a new series lightly based on the previous ones. The cast listed above was obselete in the second season in which Ron Ealy become the main character. Only detective Juliette Lewis was in both seasons and, writing-wise, the series could go on without a hiccup without her. I continued and watched the second season because I like Ron Ealy and Juliette Lewis, who are both always good. Same with Ryan Phillippe who carried season one. Season one had a simpler story and was better, even though the revealed perpetrator was the weakest part of its story. In a similar way, but not the same, the scenario that unfolded in season two was too far-fetched and clumsy. There were plenty of good episodes in both seasons but no one is going to mourn the stoppage (probably not even Juliette).