Is Ryan Phillippe's character a child murderer or a good character that's being harassed by a determined detective? That seems to be what the Secrets and Lies trailer is asking, as we see Phillippe's Ben Garner being eyed as a suspect in the murder of his neighbor's 5-year-old son. Juliette Lewis plays Detective Andrea Cornell, the detective who seems to think Ben may be the man responsible for the child's death. Even his own family appears to be questioning it.
Here's ABC's description for Secrets and Lies, including the cast list.
Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) based on the original Australian series of the same name.
I'm wondering if the viewers will remain in the dark over whether or not Phillippe's character is really innocent. Ryan Phillippe is the perfect actor to play a role that's possibly creepy but maybe not. The same really applies to Juliette Lewis and the role she's playing here. If you watch the preview thinking that Ben Garner is guilty, then Lewis' character is a dedicated detective who's determined to bring a murderer to justice. But if Ben's not guilty, then Detective Cornell is part of the problem here, since it looks like she's putting a lot of effort into pursuing him. And if that's the case, is it because she has her own motives? Or is she just written that way to keep us guessing? All we can do is speculate for now. But we should expect secrets. Also lies.
ABC has Secrets and Lies set for Midseason, which is also when they're debuting American Crime, another series that focuses on murder and doesn't appear to be pulling any punches in the way it presents its story. On the lighter side, there's Galavant.
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