‘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. This is one of the great show on Television…. Fox should consider Season 4…….. Eagerly waiting for it!!

    • I just got to know the series… and I was really surprised at the quality of the show. Loved the choice of actors. To just find out now, trying to find Season 4 that it was CANCELLED??? What’s that about… such a great show, original. There are far worst shows to cancel… I’m so desapointed :)

    • Tim Roth is underrated completely. He is “House” in the form of a lie detector. I never heard of this show until I passed by it on Netflix yesterday and gave it a shot. Today I am halfway through season 3. Lightman has fully manifested himself into my life, my behavior, and my overall sense of being. Season 4 is a necessity!

  2. Season 4 please. Great show!


  3. Lie to Me is the most amazing show PLEASE KEEP TIM!!!! He is the best character on television

  4. Keep Lie to Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I want Season 4!!!!

  6. I can´t believe that Fox cancel LIE TO ME!!! I´m from Panamá Republic of Panamá, and here we loved LIE TO ME!!! why are you going to cancel the program? Please Fox give it one more chance!!!
    We want to see the 4th season, and the last episode was so good, and we want to see moreeee. I loved LIE TO MEEE!!! PLEASE DON´T CANCEL

  7. Please do not end the show, there are very few show I watch because everthing is a reality show….I am a very smart person & need to be simulated while watching TV or I get bored….I don’t care about reality shows because I have a life…so I beg bring the show back..

  8. Bring It Back!!!!

  9. Come on what the crap cancel Lie to me!?! Fox are out of your mind? Keep all the actors and BRING IT BACK!!!


  11. Iie to me has to return!! It’s the best show ever! I’m crossing my fingers!…

  12. lie to me season 4 plizzzz…

  13. Lie to Me was cancelled BECAUSE it was intelligent, different, well-scripted and cast, etc, etc, etc. It existed in the first place to keep you hooked on the hope that television can be good. Television does not exist to be good for you, but to make you good for the system it serves. So stay tuned. Watch. And obey.

  14. I would like to smack whoever decided to pull Lie to Me. It was the best show on tv period. They need to get season 4 going and fast.

  15. unbelievable , this is a very great show.
    I can’t believe fox axed it….. fox you are making a big mistake

  16. I’m from Russia,russian people very-very like Lie To Me!We want 4 season! I hope Lie To Me someday return on tv…

  17. Well some bozzos proved why they are bozzos by closing down the show

    • Im from South Africa, I love Lie To Me, common make a season 4!!!!

  18. Mulder is correct EVERYTHING is a CONSPIRACY! Tim Roth is the Marquis de Sade.

  19. Lie to me was one of the most intelligent and captivating
    mind stimulating, incredibly acted TV series that I’ve ever seen.


  20. Indonesian want LIE TO ME 4…

  21. How many seasons of Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, Crazy Houswives, Kardashians..? And this show is cancelled after 3 seasons!? Welcome to Idiocracy!

  22. bring lie to me back please fox you bring freddy, jason,michael myers back a billion to please bring back lie to me season 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ect please

  23. lie to me! season 4,5,6,7…..

  24. season four, please, and 5, and 6, and 7… original, great, interesting… and Tim Roth…

  25. Without doubt. Lie to Me was the best programe on tv, cannot believe the series was stopped. Roth and his team put all other shows in the shade. Bring it back = please !!!!

    • The cancellation was no big conspiracy. Good programming is much more expensive to produce than reality garbage. Training in non verbal communication became much more effective with the discovery of micro expressions. It’s no big secret. Clinical psychologists are trained in it and use it in private practice. Human Resource managers in larger companies often get trained and I am not talking about a two day workshop. A friend of mine who teaches learning disabled/behvior disordered children took two courses on it. This isn’t just some law enforcement related set of skills. Great show. Huge loss.

  26. Please, bring back “Lie to me”. Best show, best crew, best story ever. We need season 4, and 5, and 6…. You can’t finish it like this. Bring back “Lie to me”