Now that you mention it, it's getting harder to think of TV shows without mind control themes!
'Lie to Me': Erika Christensen to guest ... we think
By Brill Bundy
July 20, 2009 9:48 AM
All weekend long, "Lie to Me" showrunner Shawn Ryan has been teasing the casting of the sophomore series' first major second season guest star via his Twitter account.
It started on Friday with ... "Just cast our big guest role for the first ep of Lie To Me. Our multiple personality disorder victim will be played by the very talented E .."
Ten hours later: "Still figuring out twitter. Apparently last announcement got cut off. Guest actress playing the multiple personality disorder girl is Er.."
Eleven hours after that: "Okay, this is getting frustrating! My messages seem to get cut off right before I can reveal the Lie To Me guest actress name which is Eri .. "
From the initial letter "E" we were guessing Erica, Erin or Erika.
The Twitter from the wee hours of this morning pretty much solidified our best guess: "Table Read of 1st episode of Lie To Me is today. Filming begins on Tuesday. Have I mentioned yet that our big guest star in Ep. 1 is Erik .."
Based on that "k" we're going with Erika Christensen, who a) has a history with FOX having been on "That '70s Show" and, b) recently had her schedule open up with "Parenthood" being pushed to midseason.
What do you think? Is it Erika Christensen? Who else could it be?
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'Lie to Me' exclusive: Erika Christensen to juggle four roles
by Michael Ausiello
Categories: Lie to Me, News
I smell a 2010 guest actress Emmy nod in Erika Christensen’s future.
The ex-Six Degrees star has been tapped to play a law student suffering from multiple personality disorder in the season premiere of Fox’s Lie to Me, sources confirm to me exclusively.
Her character, Tricia, comes to Lightman (Tim Roth) for help when she has a psychic vision of a murder. During his investigation, Lightman discovers that Tricia is actually Sophie. And Jessie. And R.J.
Christensen’s schedule opened up after NBC postponed the start date of her new drama, Parenthood, by eight weeks as Maura Tierney undergoes surgery to remove a tumor in her breast.
Lie to Me’s second season kicks off on Sept. 28.
http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/07/20/ ... lie-to-me/
JANUARY 16, 2009
Multiple Persona Follies
By NANCY DEWOLF SMITH
It is a sign of our television times that a number of the series with premieres this week go way out on a limb in the credibility department. These include Showtime's "United States of Tara" (Sunday, 10-10:30 p.m. ET), a "dramedy" about a housewife afflicted with what used to be called multiple-personality disorder. Over on Fox, meanwhile, we have the only slightly less goofy premise of "Lie to Me" (9-10 p.m. Wednesday), in which a firm of deception-detection experts solves crimes by scrutinizing people's faces and body language.
Toni Collette in "United States of Tara"
Yet even the most unlikely story can become a masterpiece if intelligent forces are pulling the strings. HBO's beautifully written returning series "Big Love," about a suburban Utah polygamist and his wives, is a work of rare art: luminous, and often moving beyond all understanding (Sunday 9-10 p.m.).
Meanwhile, on Ovation TV, the most far-fetched idea of all becomes a delicious treat in the miniseries "Lost in Austen," about a contemporary Londoner who is transported into the Bennet household at the beginning of "Pride and Prejudice." Her arrival, and appeal, instantly throw the novel's plot off track, and she struggles to make it come out right. (Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, with a repeat from 4-8 p.m.)
And then we have the fantasy of the grotesque. For those few who may not have yet heard, Showtime's massive promotion blitz for "United States of Tara" -- across dozens of "platforms," to reach some 170 million potential viewers, a press release boasts -- includes putting some episodes on the Web before the series officially begins Sunday, from 10-10:30 p.m. ET. The hype includes incessant name-dropping of Steven Spielberg as an executive producer, and bragging about series writer Cody Diablo, the Oscar-winning author of the "Juno" screenplay.
The main attraction for adults, though, may be the pairing of the talented movie actress Toni Collette with the charming John Corbett, most recently famous on TV as Aidan in "Sex and the City." In this role, his wife, Tara (Miss Collette), drifts in an out of various personalities as her loving husband and children try to deal with a wife and mother who is always in flux.
Find television listings at LocateTV.Sometimes Tara appears as a foul-mouthed, 16-year-old sexpot; not unlike her own daughter, except that only "T," as Tara's teen persona is called, is constantly trying to get it on with daddy. Later we meet the June Cleaver-style perfect-housewife persona, Daisy, and also a male alter, named Buck. There may be more waiting in the wings.
Nothing startling so far, though, in that virtually every multiple-personality drama, from the old "Three Faces of Eve" onward, contains a similar gallery it seems, with, inevitably, a temptress, a goody-goody and a tough cookie. At least one episode of "Law & Order" also revolves around a woman, one of whose multiples is a man.
What is new is the fear Showtime seems to have about being called tasteless, or worse. The network, in its press literature and the interview patter of show personnel, affirms total respect for people who actually have dissociative identity disorder. Nobody's laughing at the illness, the line goes, the comedy here is just meant to shine a light on the human condition.
And the writing? It has plenty of gag lines, one way or another. Tara on what it's like to be her: "Having multiple personalities is like hosting a kegger in your brain...." Or daughter Kate's (Brie Larson) mocking reference to a "Lifetime lady-tampon movie."
"Lost in Austen"
Perhaps "Tara" will, over time, find something interesting to say. Perhaps it will be about the trauma that presumably led to the split in Tara's personality. Right now, however, what makes the show so painful is the abuse of her children, inflicted by Tara both in and out of split mode, and abetted by her pathologically laid-back husband. Not that child abuse is the theme. On the contrary, the pretense seems to be that the whole family supports Tara's decision to stop taking medicine and get in touch with her inner selves.
Forcing kids to cope is a form of battery, resulting so far in a tragically sexualized daughter and a desperate son. Not funny.
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The new Fox crime drama "Lie to Me" will make its first appearance Wednesday from 9-10 p.m., right after "American Idol." Who could ask for a better lead-in? I would have tuned in anyway, because the series stars the great, yet so far underappreciated, British movie actor Tim Roth. ("Little Odessa" is a mind blower. Similarly, no one who has seen it will ever forget him romancing Julia Ormond on the floor of a restroom stall in "Captives.")
On TV now, he's Washington, D.C., consultant Cal Lightman, helping authorities solve crimes and suss out liars by reading their facial gestures and demeanor cues. As science, this is a slim reed indeed, but it can make stories go around. This week, Cal and his crew -- including a business partner played by Kelli Williams in semi-sex-kitten mode -- solve one murder in seconds; save a sexually repressed boy with expressive irises from false charges; and interrogate a politico with an apparent call-girl problem.
Printed in The Wall Street Journal, page W9C
Lie to Me Photos from "The Core of It"
Posted on September 23rd, 2009 2:00 PM by M.L. House
Show: Lie to Me, Tags: Spoilers, Episode Stills
The new season of Lie to Me premieres on Monday night.
Star Tim Roth says the show will focus more on character arcs this year than on weekly investigations. It will explore, for example, Lightman's relationship with his ex-wife.
On the season premiere, a woman with multiple personalities enlists The Lightman Group to investigate a murder case. Click on the photos below for a closer look at various scenes from the episode:
http://www.tvfanatic.com/2009/09/lie-to ... ore-of-it/
We learned some interesting things about Ms Winters in the course of her debriefing and dissect-- that is, examination
sw wrote:Movie with Denzel Washington De Ju Vu. Not about mind control but about a secret Govt project called Snow White where they do time travel to solve crimes.
Not a mind control movie that we are talking about here in this thread, but this was in the ballpark of the genre of some of the MKULTRA programs.
When I took the test for Wanda Karriker's RA survey, I was surprised at some of the questions like, have you ever been involved in time travel ops?
My parts had a big interest in this area, talked about it like it was real. I had a deep interest in the subject too along with books like a Wrinkle in Time. The kid parts babbled about a lot of stuff so I didn't know it was another "area." ....until I read the quiz.
I remember a really young part questioning my therapist about what types of things would have drawn her to a person when she was around five years old. He planned on going back in time and trying to meet her and be friends with her. It was all so matter of fact. I thought he had a good imagination until I saw some movies and it was triggering.
LilyPatToo wrote:Thanks for that reminder about the program reference in Deja Vu, sw. I really liked that movie (though the critics were savage!) but had forgotten about that part.
14: The Bishop Revival
Music: "Piano Quartet No. 1, Op.25 in G Major: III. Andante Con Moto-Animato" and "Piano Quartet No. 1, Op.25 in G Minor: II. Intermezzo: Allegro M Non Troppo-Trio: Animato" both composed by Brahms and performed by Arthur Rubinstein and Guarneri Quartet
When a specific group of guests at a wedding in Brookline, MA, suffocate from the inside out, the upsetting and disconcerting crime scene has the Fringe team investigating how the toxin was delivered and targeted. As evidence is taken into the lab, it's discovered that the wedding ceremony was a testing ground for a weaponized science experiment.
Adding to the intense lab investigation, Walter uncovers an alarming formula that reveals a link to a branch on the Bishop family tree. With the escalating threat of more deadly attacks and unexpected familial ties to the case, the Fringe team stops at nothing to prevent further catastrophic events.
I did find it weird that Snow White was the name of the machine. And, I do find it weird that Denzel Washington seems to be in so many MC theme movies.
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