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Lie to Me: FOX Gives Drama Full Season Order; Good or Great News?

Lie to Me tv showThough its performance hasn’t been stellar, FOX has finally ordered a full season of Lie to Me. What does this mean for the sophomore drama’s future?

Lie to Me follows Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), a human lie detector, and his team of experts who help law officials solve their most difficult cases. The cast also includes Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Mekhi Phifer, and Monica Raymund.

The dramatic series is currently in a plum spot on the FOX schedule, sitting behind successful House on Monday nights. Unfortunately, it doesn’t hold onto much of the Hugh Laurie show’s audience. This past week, for example, House was first in the 18-49 demographic (4.6) and second in total viewers (11.95 million), opposite the Dancing with the Stars finals. Lie to Me shed 40% of the lead-in audience in both areas, attracting a 2.7 and 7.16 million.

Despite the so-so ratings performance, FOX has finally given the drama a full season and ordered nine additional installments. The decision comes several weeks after the decision to order more episodes of other shows like Glee and The Cleveland Show.

It will be some time before viewers see these episodes of Lie to Me however. The drama will be leaving the airwaves in mid-January, making way for the return of 24. FOX has indicated that Lie to Me will return at some point in the spring.

Unfortunately, the full season order is more likely of an indication that FOX anticipates they’ll be needing more original programming than their being satisfied with Lie to Me’s performance. What’s more, the show being put on hiatus isn’t likely to help the ratings.

At this point, Lie to Me looks like it will be firmly “on the bubble” come May. A third season isn’t assured and the show’s future will likely be decided by the strengths or weaknesses of FOX’s pilots for the 2010-11 season.

What do you think? Is Lie to Me worth watching or do you think FOX could do better? Would you move it to another night rather than put it on hiatus?

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Kirsten February 1, 2011 at 5:09 am

I just watched the season finale and cannot wait for the next season! It’s such a joy to watch a show that isn’t total tripe, I hope the folks in charge of scheduling will come to their senses and continue the series. Seriously, 24? Can’t compare!
It would also be nice if they would try to advertise this show a little. I’ve introduced a half-dozen people to it and they are all addicted. Almost everyone I talk to has never heard of it. If House can be as succesful as it is, repeating the same formula for god knows how many seasons, Lie to Me should be twice as popular as it is different every time and a hell of a lot more interesting. And this is coming from a very big fan of House!


Christine January 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

My husband and I have been watching all the episodes on Netflix and we enjoy the program immensely. Such a welcome change from all the “reality shows” that clog up what should be venues for good entertainment. Please do not cancel the series!


Gina January 4, 2011 at 1:17 am

LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW!!! If people would just watch, every episode is fascinating.


Sue K December 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Lie to me is the only show that I have made a point of watching each week. I am disappointed that there have been no new episodes. I do hope that the show is not dropped.


Irene Goulette December 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

My husband and I love this show and never miss it. Would really hate to see it cancelled – there are so few good shows on television. Maybe they could find another time slot?


BG December 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Lie to Me is a great show. Well written and well acted. I’m tired of House and Lie to Me is the only reason I watch TV on Monday’s ( I watch Castle too, but only via Hulu). Please keep this show in production!!!


Gail Adriance December 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Due to very poor advertising by Fox, I just started watching this show. Love the premise, characters & chemistry between Cal & Gillian (Tim&Kelli) the character development is a little slow but has recently started to gain some interest & depth. Many people are just finding out about this show… Please keep it on & reinstate the back nine! Get a clue Fox on what the people really want to watch! Thank you.


Chandni December 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

please let lie to me be eternal on …..LOVE IT indeed the best in ages


pam October 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm

best show in a long long time!


Jude September 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Lie To Me is one of the most interesting shows on TV today. And it is valuable for learning about how to read people. Understanding the psyche of others can help us as a culture and society. The characters are fascinating and well cast. I LOVE THIS SHOW.


cindy September 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm

i love this show! it’s a unique premise, which doesn’t happen often, and tim roth is terrific! love him! keep the show!!!


Amy September 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

We watch it every week! Hope to see it in 2011 as well!


nancy September 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

I LOVE watching Lie To Me! My favorite show….watched every episode from the beginning. PLEASE DON’T CANCEL!


Susan August 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

We love Lie to Me. Don’t cancel it, PLEASE!!! I hope to see it in 2011 too!


Jenn Gard August 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

love this show!! Hope it conyinues into another season!!


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