Monday, January 26, 2009

New Show

Have any of you seen Lie to Me? It's a new show on FOX on Wednesday nights at 8:00 (CST), which is a problem for many of us since it's on opposite Criminal Minds, Lost, and Law & Order SVU. I have a DVR and can record two of them at the same time and go in another room and watch another one if I feel compelled, or I can wait for reruns. I have to watch Criminal Minds, so I'll record it and Lie to Me. Criminal Minds is a rerun this week, so I'm safe there and can watch Lost. I come and go with it. That show is accurately titled! I stay lost during it and keep saying I'm going to stop watching it. But I go back.

Lie to Me is produced by the same people who do 24, which I've never seen but know has lots of fans. I'm not as interested in that premise as I am with learning about motives and intentions. Lie to Me shows examples of facial expressions, body language, voice, eyes, and more to determine if suspects, witnesses, and others are telling the truth, covering up, and all that good stuff. Not only do they show that but also show videos of real people like O.J. and Bill Clinton, as two examples, to illustrate their point, which is definitely illuminating.

I love this stuff and wish I knew how to be a profiler and analyst. I can see how it could be a blessing and a curse, though.

This information is from the website where you can also watch the pilot, full episodes, recaps, and see more about it:
The average person tells three lies in ten minutes of conversation.

DR. CAL LIGHTMAN (Tim Roth, "The Incredible Hulk," "Reservoir Dogs") can detect the truth by analyzing a person's face, body, voice and speech. When someone shrugs his shoulder, rotates his hand or raises his lower lip, Lightman knows he's lying. By analyzing facial expressions, he can read feelings - from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy. But as Lightman well knows, his scientific ability is both a blessing and a curse in his personal life, where family and friends deceive each other as readily as criminals and strangers do. Lightman is the world's leading deception expert, a scientist who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if you are lying but why.

From writer Samuel Baum ("The Evidence") and the executive producers of 24 and "Arrested Development" comes LIE TO ME, a compelling new drama series inspired by the scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, a real-life specialist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose both the truth and lies in criminal investigations.

Lightman heads a team of experts at The Lightman Group who assist federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. DR. GILLIAN FOSTER (Kelli Williams, "The Practice") is a gifted psychologist and Lightman's professional partner who brings balance to the partnership by looking at the bigger picture while Lightman focuses on the details. He needs her guidance and insight into human behavior, whether he knows it or not. ELI LOKER (Brendan Hines, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES) is Lightman's lead researcher, who is so uncomfortable with the human tendency to lie that he's decided to practice what he calls "radical honesty." He says everything on his mind at all times and often pays the price. RIA TORRES (Monica Raymund, "Law and Order: SVU") is the newest member of the agency, and one of the few "naturals" in the field of deception detection. She has a raw, untrained ability to read people that makes her a force to be reckoned with.


David Dust said...

Here in NYC we just assume everyone is lying. It's easier that way, and you don't need to hire any experts.


Bob said...

Since I am a TIVO-less, DVR-less homo, I have never seen this show.
I am all about the Lost.
All about it.

Joy said...

I know who to ask when I have questions about Lost!

You have a point, DD.

Berry Blog said...

Remember Prometheus, who created man, took away his ability to see the future because man was too depressed to come out of the caves and live.
Total honesty is about the same thing.
Yep...DD is right about NYC. In Maine we figure the same about folks, really matters what constitutes a good story up here. From our point of view it's all about keeping a straight face when you want to bust up over the transparency of the lies.That's what Maine humor is all about.

Not sure I would like living in a world, which it is getting to be, where absolute honesty were inescapable. Wouldn't that cripple the economy more devastatingly than anything else?

Joy said...

Complete honesty would sure cripple me! I lie all the time. It's called being polite. LOL

That one guy is the only one who tries that complete honesty thing. The others can just tell when someone is. It could come in handy to be able to know that.

Berry Blog said...

You know, after thinking about it. questions could be set up that are deliberately nebulous and one wouldn't be sure themselves if they were telling the truth. I think to tell the truth, one has to know oneself pretty well or think one does.
I like that southern belle's called being polite. for sure!