Cold Cases: Lie To Me – Introduction

Lie To Me premiered on Fox on January 21, 2009, to a viewing public of approximately 12 million viewers. By the season’s end, that figure had declined to approximately eight and a half million. This certainly isn’t new for TV, but the decline usually slows down, going from a hemorrhage to a trickle. That didn’t happen in this instance. By season 2’s end, that figure had dropped to approximately five million. But in its third season, the show turned around, and by the end of the season, it drew approximately seven million viewers. This is not one of the great triumphs of television. This is the Bad News Bears, crashing and burning, and trying to work its way back up only to be told it’s still not enough. On May 10, 2011, Lie To Me was officially cancelled. In the premiere of Cold Cases, I’ll go over the first half of Season 1, 6 episodes of a 13-episode season, and look at how this series introduced itself to the world. In later entries, I’ll track how the series’s approach to its premise and characters changed over the course of its run.

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