One of TEN’s new hopes Lie To Me, starring Tim Roth and Kelli Williams, is about to premiere in the US.
So far the reviews are lukewarm.
Roth plays Dr. Cal Lightman, a scientist specializing in decoding facial expressions and body language who works with police. Yes, it’s hard not find reviews that don’t reference The Mentalist, Psych or Monk.
Variety said: Tim Roth is such an interesting actor that the prospect of him coming to TV should be cause for celebration — if, that is, Fox had seen fit to craft a vehicle worthy of his talents. Instead, enter “Lie to Me,” the latest slim twist on a police procedural that hinges on powers of observation, following USA’s Psych and CBS’ surprise hit The Mentalist. Fox’s template is clearly House, with Roth (keeping his British accent) as the irascible genius. Hey, it’s worked before, but to say this is anything to get excited about would be a big, fat, transparent you-know-what.
Entertainment Weekly was better saying: Lie to Me is derivative yet well crafted, predictable yet ever-so-slightly novel (all those new fun facts!), so it’s no wonder that Fox thinks it’s got itself a potential hit worthy of post–American Idol time-period status…..But if this review were a face, Dr. Lightman would say it had a forced smile: hopeful, but dubious, about Lie’s chances. B–
Another review at PioneerLocal said: Roth (Funny Games) and Williams’ characters are another variation on the Mulder/Scully dynamic — he’s the more dour, staunch scientist (although he does have a wry sense of humor) who (understandably) has become more cynical through his ability to know when, and how often, people lie…….Lie to Me isn’t going to blow anyone away, but it’s a solid procedural that should appeal to a more mainstream audience. It probably makes sense for Fox to add a show that doesn’t require you to watch every episode to follow along. Lie to Me won’t be “must-watch-or-die” for most, instead it’s a show that you can tune into at will, be entertained for an hour, and then go on your merry, fibbing way.
It starts on TEN Tuesday February 3rd.