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'My Boys' Star Joins 'Dexter,' Broadway Actors Flock to 'Smash,' 'A Gifted Man' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2011 10:30AM
Jordana Spiro'My Boys' star Jordana Spiro has landed a recurring role on 'Dexter.'

Spiro, who was last seen guest-starring on NBC's 'Harry's Law,' will appear late in the season. According to TVLine, she'll play an acolyte of Colin Hanks' and Edward James Olmos' characters.

In the new season, Hanks plays a student of Olmos's religion professor. The two embark on a murderous path based on religious ideology.

'Dexter' Season 6 premieres Sun., Oct. 2 at 9PM on Showtime.

In other casting news ...

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Mekhi Phifer Previews 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 6:30PM
Mekhi Phifer talks 'Torchwood' on 'The Talk''Torchwood' fans, rejoice. We're less than two weeks away from the stateside debut of 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' which premieres on Starz July 8. John Barrowman and Eve Myles are slated to return as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, joined by 'Torchwood' newcomers Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, and Mekhi Phifer. Tuesday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), Phifer shared a clip from the 'Doctor Who' spin-off and also divulged a few details of the plot.

In the clip, Phifer's character is shown getting impaled through the chest with a rod that flies off the back of a truck ahead of him. But, as he explained, he doesn't die. "Basically there's this phenomenon that happens throughout the world where no one is dying," he said. "I play a C.I.A. agent named Rex Matheson, and so I make it my mission to try to get to the bottom of what this phenomenon is and who's behind it. Is it aliens? Is it a conspiracy group?"

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Mekhi Phifer to Star in 'Doctor Who' Spinoff, 'Torchwood: The New World'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 14th 2010 7:45AM
Mekhi PhiferAfter a tumultuous year of rumors about remakes and reboots, cancelations and crazy casting ideas, it seems as though things are finally coming together for Starz's 'Doctor Who' spinoff, 'Torchwood.'

First, it got a new name. To differentiate it from the first three, BBC-produced, seasons, Season 4 -- which is a joint production between Starz and the BBC -- will henceforth be known as 'Torchwood: The New World.'

Now we hear that 'ER' alum Mekhi Phifer has signed on to star as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson. According to deadline.com, Matheson is "a fast-tracked high-flyer with a lethal sense of humor who starts to feel his mortality when his life is put in danger." So, a possible replacement for previous 'Torchwood' fan favorite, mild-mannered Welsh police officer PC Andy Davidson, then?

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'Lie to Me' Season Finale: Lightman Has the "Sex Talk" With His Daughter (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 13th 2010 11:53PM
'Lie to Me' Finale: Lightman Has the 'Sex Talk' With His DaughterWell, we all have our little blind spots. And usually, these blind spots relate to our friends or loved ones. Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is an expert at uncovering the truth and decoding the body language of others. But it turns out that he's not so good at this when it comes to his own daughter.

On the season finale of 'Lie to Me' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox), Lightman arrives home to find his teenager daughter Emily (Hayley McFarland) messing around with a boy upstairs. Cal is outraged, and forces the young man (played by Carter Jenkins) to leave. Emily is pretty upset herself, and says this to her father: "It's just sex, dad!" Which really doesn't improve the situation.

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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.

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Prime Suspect on 'Lie to Me' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 1:35AM
Prime Suspect on 'Lie to Me'What to do when the man responsible for lies starts lying? That's the question on the current 'Lie to Me' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox).

[Spoiler alert.]

Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) enters the dangerous underground world of street-fighting on the latest episode. But then -- through a complete accident -- he is implicated in the murder of one of the fighters. Cal is the last person to be seen with the murder victim. That's not good. That's never the type of situation that you want to be in.

Now, in order to solve the crime, Cal must lie to the authorities. And he also has to involve his co-worker in a lie. What happens when the man who can solve all deceptions has to lie and then lie and then lyingly lie some more? ... Oh, sorry. Did we just blow your minds? Anyway, will Cal's plan work out or not?

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Review: Lie to Me - Tractor Man

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 15th 2009 12:45PM
Lightman (Tim Roth, L) and Agent Reynolds (Mekhi Phifer, R) take charge when a disgruntled farmer tries to attack Washington, D.C. in the LIE TO ME episode 'Tractor Man.'
(S02E10) "...everybody does it because it feels all right, and it's more polite, but a lie's still a lie even when it's white..." - Loker

With the fall TV season slowly winding down, it was a pleasant surprise when Fox announced that Lie To Me's fall finale would air practically halfway into December. Now that the episode has come and gone and the TV schedules are becoming more and more barren over the coming weeks, I'm already wishing that Fox would just make up their minds and figure out when the final twelve episodes of the season will start airing. While "Tractor Man" wasn't Cal and the gang's strongest outing, it was still a solid reminder why Lie To Me has become so much more than just another crime procedural.

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Review: Lie to Me - Fold Equity

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 1st 2009 2:29PM
Lightman (Tim Roth) goes to Las Vegas to help locate a missing finalist in the World Series of Poker in the LIE TO ME episode 'Fold Equity,'
(S02E09) "She's the female equivalent of roulette and you like the view." - Foster

There's always a potential for screw-ups when networks start airing episodes out of the producers intended order (see NBC and their goofs with Detective Crosetti's death in season three of Homicide), but Lie to Me seems to have avoided that sort of miscalculation despite FOX's shuffling of the season order. That is, until "Fold Equity" aired last night. Originally set to air during Fox's Simpsons week (catch the Sideshow Bob reference?), "Fold Equity" didn't drop the ball on anything as major as a character's death, but more than once during the hour it felt as though we were taking some giant steps backward.

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Review: Lie to Me - Secret Santa

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 24th 2009 2:31PM
During the holiday season, Lightman (Tim Roth, L) travels to Afghanistan to help rescue two captured Marines in the LIE TO ME episode 'Secret Santa.'
(S02E08) "You believe in Santa Claus?" - Lightman

Ho Ho Ho... you're going to Afghanistan. Not exactly a Christmas present to be happy about. Having said that, Cal must surely be happy about what he accomplished in last night's episode of Lie to Me.

Sent to a US Marines outpost in the middle of the desert near Kabul, Cal was tasked with uncovering the truth about a deep-cover US operative who got left for dead and had to join to Taliban to survive. Cal was able to get plenty of info from his subject about two missing Marines but we ended up learning far more about Dr. Lightman as a result of his methods.

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Review: Lie to Me - Black Friday

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 17th 2009 3:12PM
Lie to Me: Black Friday
(S02E07) "Finally got you thinking like a criminal. Wonders will never cease." - Cal to Gillian

I have to admit, that image of Cal Lightman in a girlie apron still makes me laugh out loud. Lie to Me may have scored a place in our drama category here on TV Squad, but in our household, we laugh all the way through the show. That's partly because my son does a perfect Cal Lightman impression, with his penguin walk and in-your-face look to see whether you're lying or not.

But on to this episode -- the perfect scenario for Lightman and team, in figuring out Max's lineage. I lost track of how many cold cases they solved along the way. Lots.

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Melissa George Joins the 'Lie to Me' Guest Star-apalooza

by Nicholas White, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00PM
'Lie to Me' is putting together one of the best casts of recur and guest stars of any two-season-old TV show.

Veteran TV and movie actor Melissa George will star on Fox's 'Lie to Me' as a recurring character later this season, Entertainment Weekly reports. She comes off turns on 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'In Treatment,' the latter for which she received a 2008 Golden Globe nomination.

George will play an "Anna Nicole Smith-type" character named Clara Martin, the widow of a murdered billionaire that takes over her husband's business empire.

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Review: Lie to Me - Lack of Candor

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 10th 2009 11:59AM
Lightman (Tim Roth, R) unearths dangerous secrets about Reynolds' (Mekhi Phifer, L) past in the 'Lie to Me' episode 'Lack of Candor.'
(S02E06) "You work here. I know everything." - Lightman

Looks like we've got a bit of a trend going on here. Just a few weeks ago, we got a glimpse into Cal's seedy criminal past and now we got a taste of what Reynolds was up to before he became the FBI liaison to The Lightman Group.

As enjoyable as a one-off case on Lie to Me can be, it's way more interesting when Cal starts using his talent on the people working in his own office. There's more than enough material to mine here and hopefully there's more of this in the future.

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Review: Lie to Me - Grievous Bodily Harm

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 27th 2009 11:37AM
An old friend (guest star Lennie James, R) involves Lightman (Tim Roth, L) in a dangerous deal in the LIE TO ME episode 'Grievous Bodily Harm.'
(S02E05) "It's always the popular ones who think they can get away with murder." - Loker

Easily the best episode of Lie to Me to date, I have to wonder -- I can't be the only out there who's just dying to know more about Cal's past, right? Lennie James guest-starred as Terry Marsh, one of Cal's old crime pals and his arrival created so many questions that have just pushed aside anything else going on at The Lightman Group. Unless Gillian or Loker turn out to be serial killers from past lives, nothing else really matters right now besides Cal's history.

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FOX gives Lie to Me additional three script order

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 21st 2009 9:34AM
The cast of Fox's 'Lie to Me.'Here's some good news for you "LieHards" out there:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has ordered an additional three scripts for Lie to Me, the Shawn Ryan-helmed drama.

Assuming Fox approves the scripts once they've had a chance to see where the story goes, that'll bump Lie to Me's season two total to 16 episodes. It's not a full back nine - but it's closer. That being said, don't forget that Lie to Me was a mid-season replacement earlier this year and the fact that it got picked up at all was a pleasant surprise.

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Review: Lie to Me - Honey

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 20th 2009 12:30PM

A man (guest star Garret Dillahunt, L) suspected of killing his wife arrives at the Lightman Group and takes drastic measures to prove his innocence to Lightman (Tim Roth, R) in the LIE TO ME episode 'Honey.'
(S02E04) "If we don't do exactly what this guys says, he will kill Cal." - Foster

Looks like it didn't take long for Cal's decision to buy out Zoe to catch up to The Lightman Group. Cash poor, Cal has been relegated to handling simple, pedestrian cases that do nothing more than bring in a paycheck. As the episode opened, there was obviously the possibility that Cal was actually at that singles mixer for himself, but it became clear pretty quickly what he was up to once he started grilling that blonde about marital fidelity.

Lightman looked embarrassed that he had to be doing it, but it did lead to a very heated discussion between him and Gillian. It would have been nice to see them argue a bit more about where their income will come from, but then a case that guaranteed to not pay anything wandered in the front door. Good thing, too, because it turned out to be arguably Lie to Me's strongest episode to date.

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