‘Lie To Me’ Season 3 Ends On A High Note

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Last night, FOX’s cult series Lie To Me completed is third season with “Killer App”  an episode involving a Facebook-esque plot that brought a darker tone (and murder) to some of Aaron Sorkin’s story elements from The Social Network.

While much of Lie To Me can be considered a proverbial stage for Tim Roth to show off his talents as one of television’s most skilled thespians, the season 3 finale took a step back from Roth’s scene-stealing portrayal of Dr. Cal Lightman and allowed co-star Kelli Williams to shine as Dr. Gillian Foster.

Despite Williams continuously adding rich depth to her character – and to an extent Roth’s character – she’s rarely had the opportunity to take the lead, both in character performance and storyline focus. Highlighting elements from Foster’s past, while providing wonderful backstory to her character, allowed Lie to Me to expand the potential fanbase of the series and, on some level, provided viewers with another character to identify with besides Lightman.

Whether or not this decision will work for the struggling drama still remains to be seen. While FOX has yet to hint at whether or not Lie To Me will return for a fourth season, the most recent ratings – including the finale – may be a sign that the lights may stay on at the Lightman Institute.

Two weeks ago, the ratings for Lie To Me jumped up 1.7 million viewers from the seasonal average. Even though the season 3 finale ended with 7.05 million viewers, that’s still well over 1 million viewers more than normal. Not since the beginning of season 2 has Lie To Me seen ratings reach the 7 million mark.

Of course, just because the final two episode of season 3 received a ratings bump, that doesn’t mean that FOX will be renewing the series – although, I’m sure they now regret cutting down Lie To Me’s episode order to 13. With a surprising jump in the ratings, there’s no doubt that everyone at the network is wondering what would have happened if the series ran for a full 22 episodes.

As much as I’d like to sit here and say that Lie To Me will return next fall, I simply do not know. Besides the fact that any speculation will most certainly be based on presumed knowledge of inner-workings of Twentieth Century Fox Television (and FOX is in a bit of disarray over the feud with NBC regarding House season 8), I have a bit of a soft spot for Lie to Me.

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To me, Lie To Me may not be one of best shows on television, but it’s damn near close. Plus, I’m of the mind that if you have Tim Roth acting on your television network, you should continuously renew the show, no matter what – he’s that good.

We most likely won’t hear about Lie To Me’s fate until this spring, when the networks put together their fall line-ups and confirm their programming decisions. Until then, fans of the series will just have to run around pretending to read people’s micro-expressions and hope that Dr. Cal Lightman receives one last chance at redemption.


Source: TVbytheNumbers

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  1. Lie to Me is one of my favourite TV shows. I actually rush home to watch it and I can’t say that about many shows these days./ Please make sure there is a 4th season. Tim Roth is a fantastic actor.

  2. Please do not drop Lie to Me. It is one of my all time favourite TV shows. I actually rush home to watch it. Tim Roth is a superb actor and the rest of the cast has done a wonderful job. Please go on t o a 4th season. The show deserves it – especially when you see what kind of dreck is out there in comparison.

  3. Prey for Season 4…
    Well, just a decent ending for the show, at least…

  4. No matter how many comments us fans place. Fox is always going to go by numbers and money, which is ridiculous to be used as basis. Push the marketing, and get the show out there. The numbers will follow, this is a spectacular and LIFE changing series. CEO of FOX, sell your company if you don’t go 4th season. This show as phenomenal potential to out-perform any other.

  5. Season 4???

    Big fan of this show. really hope for a fourth season.
    It would be cool to see Dupree and Reynolds come back. Does anybody know why they didn’t appear anymore?

  6. I really do like this show…waiting for season 4!! :)

  7. They have to be careful about their associated science, though. The TV series House made a signficant detour away from medicine and that was when I stopped watching. Far-fetched nonsense (like tracking the Facebook creator with “breadcrumbs”) makes Lie to Me seem like “The Matrix” — ridiculous and childlike. Stick to the theme of a psychology-themed House series, and it will stand. Let the kids of Hollywood start writing stupid scripts and it is worthless.

    That happened somewhat in Season 2, which is why ratings dropped.

    House was able to return to its roots after dumping the childish screenwriters — Lie to Me also has to be careful not to pick up the same idiots. Neither House nor Lie to Me are shows about idiot 20-somethings — so don’t turn to idiot 20-somethings as script-writers.


  9. Yea, Lie to Me is a great serie! Pls, bring it back!!!

  10. They should do season 4.It may not have a lot of ratings but there are still loyal fans of LTM.


  11. This is the BEST show EVER!! I really want to know what’s going to happen next! please, give us a season 4!! PLEASE!

    Roth is the best.
    I liked the entire cast and their connection to the other members.

  13. And down goes, ALL THREE that were said they’d be renewing and more. A POX on FOX. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/05/10/fox-cancels-human-target/

  14. i don’t know why everyone is so fanatic about house. i’ve tried watching season 1 and it’s ok, but not that spectacular. lie to me is waaaay more entertaining and also useful, not to say that it stays closer to real life and the characters themselves really have a life of their own, not spending 20/24 hours in a hospital.
    lie to me is definitely the most underrated show and they’re making a huge mistake by not continuing the series.

  15. Why they made it ends

    I hate that

    ليش خلوة ينتهي .. والله انهم آآس

  16. i am 17 Lie to me is so good education as well, theres just got to be a 4 there are plenty of other rubbish stuff on sky but this is spectacular

  17. Fox Network, you made a HUGE BLUNDER when you cancelled “Lie to me” PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!!!

  18. i am so into LIE TO ME, i really hope season four is possible, good team work, spotting the lie and even covering some lies. really cool .AM WAITING FOR SEASON FOUR

  19. I’m gutted that Lie to me has been cancelled. Roth has created an amazing character in Cal Lightman and there’s so much scope to develop the other characters. For me it has everything and the relationship between Cal and Emily is the best parent\child one I’ve seen on tv.

    • I agree completely with everything you said. Extremely let down.

  20. I could not beleave Lie to Me cancelled…whole family in shock in uk..we all watch it…love the show….one of the stupidests ideas taking that show off air..who ever came up with that idea should be fired

  21. We love the series, great series. Please bring it back in the autumn

  22. http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-fox-to-renew-lie-to-me-for-another-season

    Everyone… go vote to bring this show back!

  23. BIggest Mistakes of Foxes History (Firefly, Lie to me, Dollhouse, Wonderfalls, Arrested Development, tru calling, & Profit, Seriously, Fox needs to be cancelled as a station, Cause they cancel way to many good shows.
    Either that or Go to like Sy-fy or abc or nbs

  24. I think Lie To Me is one of the best shows I have ever seen. Not only because of the various cases but also because the fact that the whole series is played by a amazing cast, who makes you get the feeling that you’re right there in the middle of the action. I think Fox has made a giant mistake by cancelling it.

    I hope the show is comming back, but I’m smart enough to know that I a lost the battle already, even tough I haven’t got the chance to fight…

    I also hope that they had a bloody good reason to get this show cancelled.

    Either way, when they make a new season (or even more) they will at least have one person who would watch, and I know that I’m not the only one.

  25. I just love “Lie to me” … Have seen season2 and want season 3

  26. I am completely surprised when I read that there will not be a season 4 for Lie To Me. It is one of the most popular series in the Netherlands. I think that Lie To Me has a hardcore group of fans and 3 seasons are not enough to give it a place that it’s over. So Fox, if you don’t want to do it for the quantity, then do it for the quality

    Cheers from Holland

  27. Please bring back lie to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING SHOW!!!!!!

  28. My friend recently told me about this show and I became absolutely hooked. I started watching this week and I’ve viewed 35 episodes already. Tim Roth is an absolute genius. I can watch him act for hours..apparently. I think we should consider that maybe there was some kind of conflict between the execs or something. Hopefully another network is going to pick up the show. It might be in the works. I have to say Lie to me is one of the best series I’ve ever seen and it’s such a shame to hear about the cancellation.