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'The Shield' Alums to Appear on 'Lie to Me'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 2nd 2009 10:23AM
It looks like 'Fringe' isn't the only Fox series dealing with an alternate reality this season.

According to Variety, the network's detective drama 'Lie to Me' will feature almost the entire cast of 'The Shield' in an upcoming episode. While 'Shield' lead Michael Chiklis is not involved, no fewer than seven other regulars from the critically acclaimed FX series, which ended last November after seven seasons, will guest star in the episode.It looks like 'Fringe' isn't the only Fox series dealing with an alternate reality this season.

According to Variety, the network's detective drama 'Lie to Me' will feature almost the entire cast of 'The Shield' in an upcoming episode. While 'Shield' lead Michael Chiklis is not involved, no fewer than seven other regulars from the critically acclaimed FX series, which ended last November after seven seasons, will guest star in the episode.

The reunion is the brainchild of 'Shield' creator Shawn Ryan, who now acts as executive producer on 'Lie to Me.' According to the article, David Marciano (who played Det. Steve Billings on 'The Shield') will portray Jason Wilkie, a convict who is sent up the river by Tim Roth's human lie detector Dr. Cal Lightman and executed for murder. After his death, however, the victim's family, played by Catherine Dent (Officer Danni Sofer on 'The Shield') and Benito Martinez (Capt. David Aceveda), become targets as well, leading Lightman to investigate whether or not he fingered the wrong perp. The new suspects? Wilkie's brother, played by David Rees Snell (Det. Ronnie Gardocki); his girlfriend, played by Cathy Cahlin Ryan (Corrine Mackey); and a mysterious photographer played by Kenny Johnson (Det. Curtis Lemansky).

This is the second non-reunion reunion show in recent months, as 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' just wrapped it's much-hyped 'Seinfeld' arc on HBO. Whether or not this signals the start of a trend may be too early to say, but if 'Lie to Me' gets big ratings, don't be surprised to see other shows follow suit. After all, there's no gimmick that Hollywood won't embrace if it leads to ratings.

A 'Flintstones' reunion on 'Family Guy?' In a world where the cast of 'The Shield' can appear on 'Lie to Me,' anything is possible.

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