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So Help Me Todd Season 2 Release Date, Development Details And More

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After a successful first season, "So Help Me Todd" will deliver up a second helping of legal maneuvering and quirky character-building. The dramedy follows Todd (Skylar Astin), the black sheep of his successful lawyer-laden family. A private detective by trade, he's struggling to find work now that his license was revoked after using some "creative" methods to reach the truth. 

Searching for a way to give Todd's life some sort of purpose and drive, his mother, Margaret (Marcia Gay Harden) convinces him to move to Oregon and work for her law firm — and to pay back the $9,000 he owes her. Margaret is a steel-spined defense attorney with a strong belief in doing what's right. Todd, on the other hand, has a much more lax approach to the law and is no stranger to doing what he needs to do to get what he wants. Since he's now the firm's in-house investigator, that spells trouble for their personal and professional lives. With each case, Todd and Margaret bond while moving to free the innocent and coping with their friends at work, their family, and their love lives.

"So Help Me Todd" did gangbusters for CBS, and just 12 episodes into its first season, the series was renewed for a second. Here's what we know about what might happen in Season 2 of "So Help Me Todd."

When will So Help Me Todd Season 2 be released?

"So Help Me Todd" aired its season finale on May 18, 2023. But while the show was indeed renewed in February 2023, two major work stoppages delayed the production and thus broadcast of Season 2. A five-month-long Writers Guild of America Strike ended in September 2024, but TV shows couldn't resume work until the end of the SAG-AFTRA actors strike. That 118-day dispute ended on November 9, 2023, and just four days later, the "So Help Me Todd" account on X (formerly Twitter) announced that work had already commenced on Season 2 of the series. 

"Long time, no see, Toddies," the post read. "Let's get together sometime — how's February 15?" CBS confirmed that Season 2 of the legal dramedy would anchor its significantly pushed back regular season schedule. "So Help Me Todd" will air on CBS primetime on Thursday nights, premiering in the 9 PM hour on February 15, 2024.

What is the plot of So Help Me Todd Season 2?

One can expect that the regular plot elements of "So Help Me Todd" established in Season 1 will continue apace in Season 2. There will be a new case every week, and some of them might relate to Todd and Margaret's expansive pasts. Mother and son will be forced to work together to solve the case in question, with Todd pulling some unorthodox stunts along the way while his mom relies on her degree and her ability as a lawyer to get their client free. Todd, as always, will team up with Lyle (Tristen J. Winger) to facilitate his schemes and plans

Surely Allison (Madeline Wise) – Todd's sister and a straight-arrow type like their mom, only she's a doctor instead of a lawyer — will be back to provide both medical expertise and a counterpoint to Todd and Margaret's personalities. Francey (Rosa Evangelina Arredondo) will be there to add her wit and elbow grease to the situation. And the romantic tension between Susan (Inga Schlingmann) and Todd will continue to develop. And let's not forget Lawrence (Matthew Wilkas), Todd's older brother, his husband Chet Venables (Thomas Cadrot), and their daughter Clem (Artemis Litsiadis).

In February 2023, "So Help Me Todd" creator Scott Prendergast told OregonLive that Season 2 would likely include a big wedding episode shot on location in its setting of Portland, Oregon. "I can't tell you who is getting married," Prendergast admitted, but said he wanted to film at Portland landmarks and was in the process of hiring one of the city's well-known musical acts to portray a wedding band. 

Who is starring in So Help Me Todd Season 2?

It's quite likely that the show's small main cast will remain with "So Help Me Todd." That means Marcia Gay Harden as Margaret, Skylar Astin as Todd, Madeline Wise as Allison, Tristen J. Winger as Lyle, Inga Schlingmann as Susan, and Rosa Evangelina Arredondo as Francey will all return to the courtroom for further adventures. We're also assuming that Matthew Wilkas, Thomas Cadrot, and Artemis Litsiadis will continue to recur as Lawrence, Chet Venables, and Clem, respectively.

As of press time, there's no word as to any guest stars or cast changes which might occur for Season 2, though naturally, there will be new clients every week if the show continues to follow its case-a-week premise. You can also expect a new weekly perp and some interesting faces on the prosecutorial side of the table as well. But you're going to have to wait to find out the who's and how's of the situation.

Who is the showrunner for So Help Me Todd Season 2?

Season 2 of "So Help Me Todd" will presumably retain its original showrunner. Elizabeth Klaviter, who joined the show in May 2022, per Deadline, will presumably continue to oversee the program for CBS for the for foreseeable future. Before teaming up with the "So Help Me Todd" production staff, Klaviter ran another CBS drama, the "Silence of the Lambs" sequel series "Clarice," before its cancellation. She was also involved with "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," working her way up to becoming the former show's co-executive producer. 

There are several more individuals who serve as producers on the program: Scott Prendergast, who created the series, Julia Eisenman, Stuart Gillard, and Phil McGraw — that's daytime talk show host Dr. Phil himself. McGraw's son Jay also co-produces the series. McGraw was previously involved in the production of CBS' courtroom drama "Bull," which was loosely inspired by his life as a trial expert.

Where to watch So Help Me Todd Season 1

If you've gotten behind on the drama and want to catch up with Season 1 as you await a promised but unscheduled Season 2, "So Help Me Todd" is available on Paramount+. You can also buy the show on streamers like Google Play and Amazon Video.