'Men in Trees' Actress Gets Cast in 'Lie to Me'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Men In Trees has been off the air for some time now.  It's a good thing that most of its cast members have managed to stay in the TV circuit as they get cast in other series.  James Tupper, best known his role as Jack Slattery on Men In Trees and on-and-off screen love interest of co-star Anne Heche, has signed on to play a love interest for Christina Applegate's character on Samantha Who?, while Cynthia Stevenson (Celia Bachelor) has joined The CW comedy Surviving Suburbia as lead star Bob Saget's wife.  Additionally, Men In Trees actress Kelli Williams (Julia) has been tapped to join FOX's new hour-long drama series called Lie to Me.

Prepping for a January launch, Lie to Me stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, a specialist with the innate ability to read whether people are telling the truth.  The show also stars Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund and Williams, who has been cast to portray Lightman's partner, Dr. Gillian Foster.

Lie to Me has been picked up for a 13-episode order, which will start shooting in November. According to Variety, writers have already got a jump on production given that the network had earlier ordered several scripts in addition to the pilot.  This allows series creator Sam Baum and his team to generate several more stories.

"This is a very important piece of the puzzle for us," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. "We've got big plans for this year, and it was important that this one came together.  It's that very elusive but fundamental thing we're looking for: a commercially viable franchise that can generate five-plus years for us."

"This is a sign that developing out of the traditional development cycle can have its benefits," 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman said. "In a different year we might have jammed this show into [the last] pilot season.  But it took us quite a bit of time to land Tim. And because we had backup scripts in the works early on, we're just starting preproduction with several very good stories already in the mix."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Variety
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