Lie to Me

8:30pm – Wednesday, February 3 on TV 3

This week sees the return of Tim Roth’s Cal Lightman in the highly anticipated second season of Lie To Me, premiering on Wednesday, February 3rd at 8:30pm on 3.

Many fans attribute Lie To Me’s success to its compelling leading man – Cal Lightman, as well as the series’ unconventional approach to the cop genre. So when Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) was brought in to co-executive produce the second season alongside show creator Samuel Baum, he wanted to maintain these two elements.

“There were a lot of things that worked well about the show last year, primarily Tim Roth,” Ryan explains to The Hollywood Reporter.

“He’s one of the premier actors in the world. The show had a lot of strengths. I have just been trying to refine it, add a little adrenaline, add some deeper character work and dig really deep into who these characters really are.”

Ryan’s higher-octane imprint will immediately be seen in the series’ second season, this week’s series opener sees master lie detector Cal Lightman strangle a client (guest star Erika Christensen) to extract information from one of her alternate personalities.

Ryan says he loved the way that scene turned out, but promises he won’t take away the show’s lighter elements.

“I’d say visceral is a good word for it,” Ryan says of the choking scene. “But the show is still going to have humour. It’s not a dark universe we’re trying to portray, but a visceral, real world.”

“That’s something that Tim Roth really embraces. There’s a real blue-collar, rough-around-the-edges nature to Tim, in real life and in the way he plays Cal Lightman. And we want to expand upon that this year.”

Make sure not to miss this when Tim Roth returns in Lie To Me, premiering on Wednesday, February 3rd at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Tuesday, August 25 on TV 3

After an explosive season this week sees Lie To Me going out with a bang when the Lightman Group is asked to help identify those responsible for a terrorist bombing. Lie To Me concludes its first season on Tuesday, August 25th at 8:30pm on 3.

This week’s season finale titled “Sacrifice” will see both Jennifer Beals (The L Word) and Mekhi Phifer (ER), who have both already appeared on the series, joining Tim Roth’s Cal Lightman as his ex-wife and an FBI agent, respectively.

Roth had acted with Beals previously in the film Four Rooms and he says he really enjoyed working with her again.

“There was a very interesting banter back and forth between the two of us, based not just on what was written but really on our sense of humour. It was very refreshing. It was a fascinating time to join up with her again,” Roth tells Zap2It.

Asked whether there is a chance Beals’ Zoe Landau will become a recurring character, Roth reveals, “I would hope so. I think she’s fantastic. I think there’s room to really expand on that character and expand on their relationship.”

As well as the addition of Beals, this week’s finale sees the welcome return of Mekhi Phifer.

Phifer stars as an FBI agent who originally debuted on the series when his character, Agent Ben Reynolds, came to the Lightman Group asking for help in catching a serial rapist. Agent Reynolds now returns to Lie To Me to help with the terrorist case in the season finale.

Roth explains that having an FBI agent affiliated with the agency opens doors for the Lightman Group. “We don’t have to struggle to access tapes or access sources for a case,” he says.

But will this help the agency deal with this week’s terrorist bombing? Find out when both Jennifer Beals and Mekhi Phifer guest star in Lie To Me, concluding its first season on Tuesday, August 25th at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Tuesday, August 4 on TV 3

Some truths will be revealed about the world’s leading deception expert when Jennifer Beals (The L Word) begins her guest star arc on Lie To Me, screening on Tuesday, August 4th at 8:30pm on 3.

Lie To Me stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, the world’s leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if someone is lying, but why.

Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies.

Beals will guest-star on the series as Zoe Landau, the ex-wife of Cal Lightman, and Emily’s (Hayley McFarland) mother.

When Zoe, an assistant U.S. Attorney, hires The Lightman Group to offer their expertise on an arson case, it becomes clear that she and Cal still carry a torch for each other.

“Her character is definitely a well-to-do, successful and independent woman,” series star Monica Raymund tells American TV Guide about the woman who’s said to cause a few ripples in Dr. Cal Lightman’s life.

“She doesn’t need Cal’s approval or judgment on anything; she’s definitely her own woman.”

As for viewers learning what the truth behind the marriage dissolving is, Raymund says this will be a gradual revelation, one that will keep audiences guessing till the very end.

“Actually, we are not told that yet,” she says. “That’s a secret that will evolve. But we all have our own assumptions.”

Could this mean that a guest role could turn into a permanent cast addition? Find out when old sparks fly between Cal and Zoe on Lie To Me, screening on Tuesday, August 4th at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Tuesday, July 21 on TV 3

This week sees Dr. Cal Lightman become obsessed with his investigation of two young women who committed suicide when the action-packed Lie To Me continues on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:30pm on 3.

Lie To Me stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, the world’s leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if someone is lying, but why? But even though Roth may play a deception expert on the series, the actor says he has no idea when people are actually lying.

“People assume that you know what you’re doing. I read the scripts and I do what’s necessary for that, but people do make the assumption that you actually can read them, and that’s a bit worrying really,” the actor tells American TV Guide. “Except my kids very much think that I know when they haven’t done their homework. That’s quite useful.”

It’s understandable that audiences might find Roth intimidating, playing Dr. Cal Lightman, the actor appears to detect almost any lie or emotion from the slightest of facial expressions.

Dr. Lightman and his team of fellow lie-busters can easily catch criminals, but they make everyone around them feel paranoid. The fact that people now get nervous around Roth proves that he’s doing a good job – because the man Dr. Lightman is based on makes Roth himself very uncomfortable.

“The show’s based on a real guy – his name is Paul Ekman and I get nervous around him,” he admits. “I was fascinated by this work and that it was all based very much in real science and, you know, as an actor, I think he’s kind of busting me on my acting.”

It’s an unexpected insecurity for the actor, best known for his performances in the Quentin Tarantino films Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. However Roth reveals that since Lie to Me is his first regular television gig, he’s still unused to the differences from shooting films – the faster pace, the tighter schedule, the behind-the-scenes production struggles.

The good news is that Roth will have a while longer to get used to the change, as it has recently been revealed that Lie To Me will be renewed for a second season.

“It’s a bit more work than I think I’ve ever really had as an actor. It’s a very, very, brutal schedule. But there is something satisfying in seeing if you can make it work.”

And so far both fans and critics alike are agreeing that he’s certainly making it work. Make sure not to miss Roth when Dr. Lightman’s story continues in Lie To Me, screening on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Tuesday, June 30 on TV 3

3’s new series about the science of lying continues this week when Cal and Torres interrogate an imprisoned gang leader who claims to be rehabilitated. Lie to Me screens on Tuesday, June 30th at 8:30pm on 3.

Starring legendary Hollywood actor Tim Roth, Lie to Me focuses on deception experts Dr. Cal Lightman (Roth) and Ria Torres (Brendan Hines) who run a private agency that’s contracted by law enforcement corporations and private individuals when they’ve hit a roadblock in their search for the truth.

The science of deception detection featured in the series is based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman who is the world’s leading deception expert.

Roth says Dr. Ekman’s techniques are some of the most reliable in determining whether someone is lying, however, according to the actor, this ability is often a blessing in disguise.

“I try to take absolutely none of it home with me,” Roth reveals to Zap2It. “I make a very strong attempt not to get to know too much of the science and not to practice it at home or any of that stuff because the real guy, Paul, he can’t switch it off.”

“He can’t unlearn it. He knows so much about this stuff that he can see, in everybody, what they’re maybe thinking. He watches their bodies betray them. I don’t really want to do that.”

Even though Roth tries not to take what he’s learnt on set home, the actor is quick to point out that his profession as an actor could very well be regarded as a “dishonest” one.

“All of acting is lying. It’s all deception,” he says. “Actors quite often get a hold of Paul’s training DVD’s and his Web site training stuff and also his books and use them.”

“So, I’m always lying. That’s what actors do, so you never stop lying. It’s just how good you are at it, I suppose.”

As for Roth’s character, this week the doctor has to determine if a gang leader is lying or whether he truly has been rehabilitated and should be freed to help fight inner-city violence. Lie to Me screens on Tuesday, June 30th at 8:30pm on 3.