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Mekhi Phifer Leaving 'Lie to Me'

by Chris Jordan, posted Sep 1st 2010 8:35PM
Just when FBI Special Agent Ben Reynolds starts seeing the light of the Lightman Group, this has to happen.

Mekhi Phifer's Ben Reynolds character will not be a part of the Fox's 'Lie to Me' in season 3 due to a change in the dramatic structure of the show. The Lightman Group, which is able to detect criminals through their body language and non-verbal clues, is severing ties with the FBI in season 3, according to a report from the Ausiello Files.

Consequently Phifer's Reynolds will no longer be needed to act as a liaison between the agency and the Lightman Group, headed by Tim Roth's Dr. Cal Lightman.

"The FBI franchise limited our storytelling a little bit because it had to adhere to the FBI structures of 'Would the FBI take this case or not?"' said executive producer David Graziano in the interview. "The character that's going to be our badge this season is a bent cop, Wolowsky (Monique Gabriela Curnen), who goes about business in a similar way to Lightman. There's a mutual respect from the get-go. We're working hard to make The Lightman Group a dysfunctional family.''

The shift comes at a time when Phifer's character was starting to come around to the ways of the Lightman Group.

"He's not as abrasive as he was at the beginning, because now he's starting to see that Lightman's techniques churn out good results,'' said Phifer to the Los Angeles Times last month.

The season 2 finale, 'Black and White,' takes place Sept. 13. Season 3 debuts Nov. 10.

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Axel Harris

Man, he was a great addition, I hope he finds a new show or they figure out a way to bring him back.

September 02 2010 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Donna

I'm bummed that he's getting the boot. Why can't they have Mekhi quit the FBI and do freelance work for the Lightman Group every once in awhile?

September 02 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Minnie

That's too bad...I like Mr. Phifer. He brought some stability to the show.

September 01 2010 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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