“Lie to Me” scribe Alex Cary has been upped to exec producer on the Fox drama, and he’s also sealed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
As part of the pact, the former military man who segued into TV writing just a few years ago will serve as a showrunner on “Lie to Me,” along with David Graziano, Dan Sackheim and Vahan Moosekian.
Cary and the new showrunners replace Shawn Ryan, who ran season two of “Lie to Me” but departed to focus on his new series “Terrier” at FX and “Ride-Along” at Fox.
“We’ve been given a huge opportunity by the studio,” Cary said. “When we pitched the third season, we went in pretty bold. We loved what Shawn did in the second season, and we stand on his shoulders to a certain extent.”
Where “Lie to Me” has evolved from its procedural origins to adding more stories with an emotional resonance in season two, Cary and Graziano said the show will center even more on the quirks behind Tim Roth’s character, Dr. Cal Lightman.
“Tim Roth and I formed a strong bond early on in the second season, and then David came along and formed an equally strong one,” Cary said. “What the three of us have in common is when we were kids, we were the ones always sitting in the back of the class, loading up the pea shooter. And that’s what the Lightman character is… there’s a wicked, mischievous humor inside this street fighter of a scientist.”
Having come close to cancellation, “Lie to Me” narrowly managed to secure a third season thanks to the writers’ new take.
“Alex has been a rising star at ‘Lie to Me,’ and he played a big role in getting the show ordered for a third season,” said 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman. “He has written some of the best episodes we’ve done, and like us, Tim Roth is a big fan. Although his first order of business will be co-showrunning with David, Dan and Vahan, we’re very excited about developing with him down the road.”
WME-repped Cary spent the early part of his adult life in the military, as a veteran of Desert Storm. The U.K. native later attempted to break into film screenwriting — “during which most of the time I wished I was back in the military, under fire,” he quipped.
After a friend suggested he turn his attention to TV, Cary was soon staffed on FX’s “The Riches.” From there, his rise has been swift.
He first worked with Graziano on USA’s “In Plain Sight,” Graziano was co-exec producer and Cary wrote several episodes.
“I was stupefied that this guy was just a staff writer,” Graziano said of their time on “Sight.” “The stuff Alex brought to the table was amazing. I’ve never been around a brain as rapid-fire or spot-on as his.”