Red Widow alum Clifton Collins Jr is returning to ABC with a co-starring role alongside Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis and KaDee Strickland in the network’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. It centers on Ben (Phillippe), a family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Clifton, repped by Industry Entertainment, Resolution and attorney David Krintzman, will play Ben’s childhood friend and tenant in Ben’s pool house who is unwaveringly supportive of Ben. He most recently was seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and next appears in Transcendence alongside Johnny Depp.
Private Practice alum Tim Daly will co-star opposite Tea Leoni in CBS’ drama pilot Madam Secretary. The project, written by Barbara Hall, directed by David Semel and exec produced by Morgan Freeman, explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State (Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Daly, repped by UTA, Gateway Management and attorney Howard Abramson, will play her husband Henry, a professor of medieval religious history. He is recurring on two comedies, Fox’s The Mindy Project and TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland, and recently was seen in this year’s Sundance film Low Down.