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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

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Left: actor Tim Roth stars in a new Fox drama, Lie to Me.

I don't know the origin of that children's chant, but maybe now more adults will be chanting it too. Lie to Me premiered last Wednesday. You can catch new episodes Wednesdays at 8 (central time), on Fox.

Tim Roth plays Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert at detecting when people are lying. The first episode is a bit like a primer for noticing micro facial expressions and the writing is fun and fast. We get close ups and even a few redos so we get the point.

Whether the writers can keep it interesting by creating new situations, or reusing already identified expressions in new ways remains to be seen with future episodes, but they have an appealing cast, led by Roth for which to write. We meet his daughter, we learn his assistant's husband is lying to her, are introduced to another assistant (male) who always tells the truth (including when rating his sexual performance abilities) and a new (female) employee who is a straight arrow, not good with gray areas, and a "natural" at processing the visual cues to know when someone is lying.

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