The cast of the great FX drama “The Shield” will be reuniting this spring — on the Fox drama “Lie to Me.”
“The Shield” was created by Shawn Ryan, who’s now the showrunner of “Lie to Me,” which has become an increasingly addictive drama in its second season. The show, as you probably know, stars Tim Roth as Cal Lightman, a man who can tell via facial expressions and body language when someone is lying. But what these people are lying about and why — those questions often get interesting answers.
The “Shield” cast members reuniting for the upcoming episode include Catherine Dent, Kenny Johnson, David Marciano, Benito Martinez, Cathy Cahlin Ryan and David Rees Snell. Details about the episode, which will air in the “late spring,” are below. “Lie to Me” is pre-empted on Dec. 7, and it will air its final episode of 2009 on Dec. 14. Details on that episode, “Tractor Man,” are below. (The photo at right is of David Rees Snell and Catherine Dent in an episode of “The Shield.”)
Regarding “Lie to Me’s” return, that “late spring” time frame is frustratingly vague, but that’s because Fox has not quite figured out when Lightman and his crack team of lie-busters will return. “Lie to Me” has gotten a full-season order — a definite vote of confidence from the network — but once “American Idol” returns Jan. 12, space on the Fox schedule gets scarce and thus “Lie’s” return is up in the air.
But it’s good to know it is returning. Not only have the stories gotten good and meaty, but I’m digging the Loker-Torres tension. Although, for the love of all that is holy, I don’t want the show to go in the direction “House” has gone in — toward full-on soap territory. I’m not hating on soaps, I just don’t think an overdose of soapiness works either at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital or at the Lightman Group. The occasional dose of Torres-Loker chemistry? I’m totally cool with that, given that the actors play it so well.
(And now that we’re talking chemistry, did I detect a tiny bit of attraction between Reynolds and Foster in this week’s fun “Fold Equity” episode? I could be wrong about that, but hmm, that might be worth investigating. And so yes, it does look as though I’m advocating that “Lie” go at least a little soapy. Hey, why not! These Lightman Group folks need a break occasionally from looking into human nature’s darker corners.)
By the way, the Fox mid-season schedule was released when I was on vacation last week. I’ve posted it after the “Lie to Me”/”Shield” information below. A few thoughts and notes on Fox’s mid-season plans:
- “Idol,” as noted, returns Jan. 12.
- “Glee” will be taking a break until April 13. I know! That’s a long way to wait for some quality time with Sue Sylvester and Mr. Schuester. I’m not keen on the long break, but if we’re talking freshman shows that are taking extra-long breaks, I’m more worried about “V,” which returns in March on ABC. “Glee” will have “Idol” to help re-launch it, but “V” — a semi-serialized sci-fi drama that had a few rocky patches in its otherwise promising fall run — won’t have that kind of launchpad when it returns. Fingers crossed that the aliens fare as well as the show choir when both programs return in the spring.
- “Human Target” debuts Jan. 17. I didn’t love the pilot for this action show (I was mixed-to-meh on it), but I do like the cast a whole lot (Chi McBride, Mark Valley, Jackie Earle Haley), so I’ll stick with it and see what develops.
- “24” returns Jan. 17.
- “Fringe” will return with new episodes in the new year, but after its Feb. 4 outing, the show takes a break until April 1.
- A new show, “Past Life,” debuts Feb. 11.
- “Dollhouse” returns this Friday and airs two episodes per week this week, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The show’s final set of episodes air in January and its series finale arrives Jan. 22. Watch this space for an interview with Joss Whedon, which should be posted some time Thursday.
OK, all the Fox press releases on “Lie to Me” and the network’s mid-season plans are below.
“Lie to Me’s” “Shield” reunion press release:
CATHERINE DENT, KENNY JOHNSON, DAVID MARCIANO, BENITO MARTINEZ, CATHY CAHLIN RYAN AND DAVID REES SNELL OF “THE SHIELD” REUNITE
FOR UPCOMING EPISODE OF “LIE TO ME” AIRING THIS SPRING ON FOX
Cast members from the critically acclaimed series “The Shield,” including Catherine Dent, Kenny Johnson, David Marciano, Benito Martinez, Cathy Cahlin Ryan and David Rees Snell, will reunite for an upcoming episode of LIE TO ME airing this spring on FOX. LIE TO ME is executive-produced by Shawn Ryan, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series on “The Shield.”
In the “Pied Piper” episode, DR. CAL LIGHTMAN (Tim Roth) is a witness at the execution of JASON WILKIE (Marciano), a prisoner he helped convict in the murder of a child 17 years ago. When the victim’s aunt and uncle, FAYE SHERIDAN (Dent) and CHARLIE SHERIDAN (Martinez), are targeted again, Lightman must face the possibility he sent an innocent man to his death. Determined to uncover the truth, Lightman turns to MICHAEL WILKIE (Snell), Jason’s younger brother, and BETH LANSFORD (Ryan), Jason’s ex-girlfriend, for more information on what may have happened to 8-year-old Rex Sheridan. The pair lead Lightman to MALCOLM HESSLER (Johnson), a photographer who becomes the key suspect in the case.
LIE TO ME is the compelling drama series inspired by the scientific discoveries of a real-life psychologist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose the truth and lies in criminal investigations. Dr. Cal Lightman heads a team of experts who assist federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. The series also stars Kelli Williams, Monica Raymund, Brendan Hines, Mekhi Phifer and Hayley McFarland.
Info on the Dec. 14 episode of “Lie to Me”:
“Tractor Man”: “During
a political protest in Washington, D.C., a disgruntled farmer parks his
explosives-packed tractor near the Treasury Department building,
forcing Lightman and his team to make some crucial life-or-death
decisions. Meanwhile, a third-grade field trip gets stuck in the
Lightman Group offices, and Loker has to play babysitter.”
Fox’s mid-season press release:
FOX ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE
AMERICAN IDOL RETURNS WITH TWO-NIGHT SEASON PREMIERE
TUESDAY, JAN. 12 AND WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13
NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES OUR LITTLE GENIUS DEBUTS
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13
NEW ACTION DRAMA HUMAN TARGET PREVIEWS
DURING EXTENDED PRIMETIME SUNDAY, JAN. 17 AND
MAKES ITS SERIES PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20
24 STARTS THE CLOCK DURING TWO-NIGHT, FOUR-HOUR EVENT
SUNDAY, JAN. 17 AND MONDAY, JAN. 18
CELEBRATE THE BEST. 20 YEARS. EVER. OF THE SIMPSONS
WITH THE SIMPSONS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: IN 3-D! ON ICE!
AND MILESTONE 450TH EPISODE SUNDAY, JAN. 10
GORDON RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES TURNS UP THE HEAT
FRIDAY, JAN. 29
NEW THRILLER PAST LIFE EMERGES THURSDAY, FEB. 11
AND NEW COMEDY SONS OF TUCSON DEBUTS SUNDAY, MARCH 14
GLEE ROCKS ITS FALL FINALE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9
AND RETURNS WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES TUESDAY, APRIL 13
FRINGE AIRS WINTER FINALE THURSDAY, FEB. 4
AND RESURFACES WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES THURSDAY, APRIL 1
LIE TO ME PICKED UP FOR THE BACK NINE EPISODES BRINGING
THE ORDER TO A FULL SEASON
is announcing premiere dates of new and returning series as well as
revisions to its 2009-2010 midseason schedule. FOX also has ordered a
full season of the sophomore drama LIE TO ME.
starts off on a high note when the ninth season of AMERICAN IDOL,
television’s No. 1 series, begins with a two-night premiere Tuesday, Jan. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Immediately following AMERICAN IDOL on Jan. 13
(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), FOX unveils the not-to-be-missed series debut of
OUR LITTLE GENIUS, a new unscripted series that features America’s most
gifted kids as they are tested with some of the most challenging and
difficult questions that only a remarkable little genius could answer.
A special extended primetime event on Sunday, Jan. 17
kicks off with the NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF (4:00 PM-CC ET live/1:00
PM-CC PT live), which leads into the explosive series preview of HUMAN
TARGET (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the new full-throttle, action-packed drama
about a unique private contractor (Mark Valley) who will stop at
nothing even if it means becoming a human target to save his clients.
The special primetime event concludes with the first installment of the
pulse-pounding two-night, four-hour premiere of 24 (9:00-11:00 PM
ET/PT). The season premiere of 24 clocks in for two more hours of
action Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and the season premiere of HUMAN TARGET airs Wednesday, Jan. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) following AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
On Sunday, Jan. 10,
FOX presents a special SIMPSONS event beginning with the animated
series’ milestone 450th episode, Once Upon a Time in Springfield
(8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), in which BART (Nancy Cartwright) and MILHOUSE
(Pamela Hayden) try to help KRUSTY (Dan Castellaneta) regain his
popularity after network executives force him to restructure the format
of his television show by hiring a female sidekick, PRINCESS PENELOPE
(guest voice Anne Hathaway). Then, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker
Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) will present The
Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: in 3-D! on Ice! (8:30-9:30 PM
ET/PT). The documentary special examines the global phenomenon that is
THE SIMPSONS and serves as the momentous conclusion to the Best. 20
Years. Ever., a year-long global celebration of THE SIMPSONS that
launched in January 2009.
Chef Gordon Ramsay steps out of his own kitchen to serve up a new season of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES on Friday, Jan. 29
(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Each week, Chef Ramsay will try to help turn
around some of the most unsanitary and unsuccessful restaurants in New
York, New Jersey, Florida and California on the verge of closing their
LIFE, a new drama series inspired by the book The Reincarnationist
about detectives who investigate the world of the unexplained, will bow
with a two-hour series premiere Thursday, Feb. 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and will make its time period premiere Thursday, Feb. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
OF TUCSON, the new family comedy from Justin Berfield (Malcolm in the
Middle), Emmy Award winner Todd Holland (Wonderfalls) and Matthew
Carlson (Samantha Who?) about three young brothers who hire a charming,
wayward schemer to stand in as their father when their real one goes to
prison, debuts Sunday, March 14 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT).
AMERICAN IDOL sings on Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) when it makes its time period premiere Jan. 19 followed by the time period premiere of OUR LITTLE GENIUS (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and 24 syncs up for its time period premiere Monday, Jan. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
After its fall finale Wednesday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), GLEE returns from its interlude with a score of all-new episodes on a new night beginning Tuesday, April 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). FRINGE delves into its winter finale Thursday, Feb. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and then resurfaces with new cases beginning Thursday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE goes out with a bang with its series finale Friday, Jan. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
RECAP FOX 2009-2010 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE
(All times ET/PT except as noted)
Monday, Jan. 4:
7:30 PM-CC ET TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL (LIVE)
Monday, Jan. 18:
8:00-10:00 PM 24 (2-Night / 4-Hour Season Premiere, Part 2)
Mondays, beginning Jan. 25:
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM 24 (Time Period Premiere)
Tuesday, Jan. 5:
7:30 PM-CC ET FEDEX ORANGE BOWL (LIVE)
Tuesday, Jan. 12:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 19:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM OUR LITTLE GENIUS (Time Period Premiere)
Tuesdays, beginning April 13:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Time Period Premiere)
Wednesday, Jan. 13:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 2)
9:00-10:00 PM OUR LITTLE GENIUS (Series Premiere)
FOX 2009-2010 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE Page 4
Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM HUMAN TARGET (Series Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 14 (no change to lineup):
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (All-New Episodes)
Thursday, Feb. 4:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (Winter Finale)
Thursday, Feb. 11:
8:00-10:00 PM PAST LIFE (Two-Hour Series Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning Feb. 18:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM PAST LIFE (Time Period Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning April 1:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (Time Period Premiere)
Friday, Jan. 1:
8:00 PM-CC ET ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (LIVE)
Fridays, beginning Jan. 8:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE (All-New Episodes)
Friday, Jan. 22:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Encore Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE (Series Finale)
Fridays, beginning Jan. 29:
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)
FOX 2009-2010 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE Page 5
Saturdays (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-Midnight THE WANDA SYKES SHOW
Midnight-12:30 AM SIT DOWN, SHUT UP
Sunday, Jan. 10:
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (450th Milestone Episode)
8:30-9:30 PM THE SIMPSONS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: IN 3-D! ON ICE!
9:30-10:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW
Sunday, Jan. 17:
4:00 PM-CC ET NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF (LIVE)
8:00-9:00 PM HUMAN TARGET (Series Preview)
9:00-11:00 PM 24 (2-Night / 4-Hour Season Premiere, Part 1)
Sunday, Jan. 24:
6:00 PM-CC ET NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LIVE)
Sundays, beginning Jan. 31 (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episodes)
8:30-9:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (All-New Episodes)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (All-New Episodes)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (All-New Episodes)
Sunday, March 14:
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM SONS OF TUCSON (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Time Period Premiere)
[EDITOR’S NOTE 1: LIE TO ME will return to the schedule in the late spring, and TIL DEATH will return to the schedule at a later date.]
[EDITOR’S NOTE 2: THE CLEVELAND SHOW takes over the timeslot previously held by AMERICAN DAD, which will return to the schedule at a later date.]
[EDITOR’S NOTE 3: THE
SIMPSONS milestone 450th episode and The Simpsons 20th Anniversary
Special: in 3-D! on Ice! special, which were previously announced to
air Thursday, Jan. 14, are now scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 10.]