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Miss 'The Shield'? Watch Tonight's 'Lie to Me'

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 16th 2010 4:20PM
'Lie to Me' - 'Pied Piper'Shawn Ryan may have stepped down as showrunner for the upcoming third season of 'Lie to Me' on FOX, but the executive producer still has a trick up his sleeve before he leaves. In tonight's episode, fans of Ryan's 'The Shield' can look forward to guest spots from five -- yes, five -- 'Shield' alums, according to TV Guide.

The episode centers around a married couple, played by Catherine Dent and Benito Martinez, who connect with Lightman and Zoe at the execution of the man accused of killing their son 17 years earlier -- only Lightman isn't so sure they're watching the right man die. That's when Ryan got to pull in some of his other friends. The trail leads to the executed man's brother (David Rees Snell) and ex-girlfriend (Cathy Cahlin Ryan), and ultimately to a photographer (Kenny Johnson).

Martinez said of the experience, "We found a whole new, completely different vocabulary and relationship that was organic to these characters. What was instant was our trust for each other."

Ryan described the episode as a "fun alternate universe" for fans of 'The Shield,' but he promised that the 'Lie to Me' main characters won't be shortchanged to make room for all those guest stars. "We also find out the past of how Zoe and Lightman fell in love and how their daughter Emily came into the world," Ryan said. It's certainly a lot to pack into a single hour of television, but he's hoping the stunt might lure in some new viewers who may not have followed him to this new drama.

'Lie to Me' season 2 airs Mondays at 9 PM ET on FOX through Aug. 30. It is then scheduled to return to the air Wed., Nov. 10 to kick off its third season.

The alternate universe Ryan created is a fun idea and certainly a neat way to put together a cast reunion for any show. Suddenly, we're looking back at all the other great TV casts of recent years and trying to imagine them in an alternate reality like this one, fleshing out the guest role quotas of various procedural crime dramas like 'Lie to Me.'

What casts would you like to see reunite in such a fun way?

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Doug

Actually it's 6 alums if you count David Marciano in a cameo as the executed man in the beginning of the episode.

August 16 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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