James McDaniel to Run Task Force on The Following

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James McDaniel is getting back into the crime-solving game.

The former NYPD Blue and Detroit 187 star will recur on The Following Season 2, according to TV Guide, running an FBI task force based in New York City.

McDaniel's Ken Phillips essentially takes over for Debra Parker, who was killed on The Following Season 1 finale. He will likely work with Kevin Bacon's Ryan Hardy and newly cast Valerie Cruz, who is coming on board as Detective Gina Mendez.

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The Following will return in early 2014 with new episodes and other new faces will include With Sam Underwood as a possible member of Joe Carroll's cult; and Connie Nielson as a love interest for Ryan.

McDaniel, meanwhile, is a two-time Emmy nominee who recurred on Season 1 of Orange is the New Black.

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The Following Quotes

Joey: Why is my dad such a bad man?
Emma: Maybe, he's not so bad. Maybe we just don't understand him.

Joe: Was he good? The sex? Did your body quiver to his every touch?
Claire: Yes. It did.