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Lie to Me


Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008
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Fox’s success with Bones has propelled them to another turning of a real-life scientist into a television scientist with Lie to Me. Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) stars in this drama about reading clues in facial, body, and vocal expressions to determine what is beneath the surface. Roth’s character, Dr. Cal Lightman, is the dramatization of real-live individual Dr. Paul Ekman, who is the inspiration behind the series and who serves as scientific consultant. Set in Washington, D.C.—another similarity to Bones—Lightman has established an independent firm that works with law enforcement, federal agencies, and private companies. Included in his group of facial readers is no-filter researcher Will Loker (Brendan Hines), straightforward Ria Torres (Monica Raymund), and The Practice’s Kelli Williams, who delivers a saucy yet smart performance as Lightman’s right hand, Dr. Gillian Foster. The combination of these very different characters who fit in well together is one of the best aspects of Lie to Me and also one of Bones’ strong suits. The premise of using emotions to discern lies from the truth and how the show walks the viewer through the process—particularly piquing when flashing to recognizable faces (O.J. Simpson, Bill Clinton) with the same expression—make Lie to Me another original with a potentially long lifespan for the network. (

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