FOX gave a very peculiar vote of confidence to “Lie to Me” on Tuesday (Nov. 24) afternoon.
On one hand, FOX gave “Lie to Me” a back-nine order for its second season, bringing the Tim Roth drama to a regulation 22 episodes. The good news was first announced on showrunner Shawn Ryan’s Twitter feed midday on Tuesday.
FOX officially confirmed the full season pickup in its late-afternoon Spring 2010 programming announcement.
However, there was a catch: That midseason programming announcement didn’t include a programming home for “Lie to Me.”
As expected, the post-“House” slot on Monday nights will be turned over to “24” beginning in mid-January, leaving “Lie to Me” homeless. FOX’s release only says that the show “will return to the schedule in the late spring,” but with FOX’s clogged roster, it’s unclear where an opening may arise.
The back-nine pickup was far from a sure thing. While critics have raved that “Lie to Me” has found its creative mojo since Ryan came on board at the end of the first season, the drama has still struggled to hold onto a respectable percentage of its “House” lead-in. In its most recent airing, “Lie to Me” held onto only 60 percent of an already-low “House,” averaging 7.3 million viewers and a 2.7 rating.
Stay tuned for more information on the spring fate of “Lie to Me.”