Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) is set to make his television series starring debut in “Lie to Me,” a one-hour show from Imagine and 20th Century Fox TV that is being eyed for a premiere early next year, reports Variety. Fox has picked up the drama to series, with a 13-episode commitment.
Brian Grazer is executive producing with Imagine TV president David Nevins and writer/creator Sam Baum.
Roth will play Dr. Cal Lightman, a scientist who pioneered the field of deception detection. The doc is a human lie detector, skilled at reading the human face, body and voice to uncover the truth in criminal and private investigations. The fact that the character can apply the same skills to his personal life complicates his relationships. The science in the show is genuine, based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman.
Robert Schwentke is directing the pilot, which will shoot in August.