Movie star Ryan Phillippe once broke network television ground by portraying the first openly gay teenager on a daytime soap opera. Now, for the first time since appearing as Billy Douglas on “One Life to Live,” Phillippe is set to return to an ABC series.
According to Deadline.com, Phillippe has signed on with ABC to star in “Secrets and Lies,” a crime mystery series based on an Australian series that has yet to debut. He will play the lead role: a man who finds the dead body of a young boy and becomes the prime suspect. In order to protect himself and his family, Phillippe’s character must find the real killer and clear his name. Actress Natalie Martinez, who was recently seen on the CBS series “Under the Dome,” has also signed on to play the mother of the murdered boy.
ABC has consistently brought soap-worthy programming to primetime (“Desperate Housewives” and “Revenge,” to name but two), and the schedule for this fall is no different: Intermixing with popular mainstay shows like “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” come thirteen brand new shows, a few of which may spur “General Hospital” and other daytime soaps to come to mind! And Wendy Moniz (ex-Mayor Finn, “One Life to Live,” ex-Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light”) strengthens the soap/primetime connection with a role in the new drama, “Betrayal.” Read on to get the exciting details!