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'The Lying Game' Needs To Be Renewed For A Second Season

Tue, March 6, 2012 4:11pm EDT by Andy Swift 30 Comments

In its first season, ABC Family’s twisty drama gradually evolved into one of my favorite guilt-free pleasures — and this can’t be the end!

Call me a sucker for a soapy twist ending, but I’m still reeling from last night’s season finale of The Lying Game. Just when I thought I’d figured out what was going to happen, along came Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) and Sutton (Alexandra Chando) to remind me that nothing is ever as it seems in Phoenix. And for their standout performances, I bestow both ladies with an Andy Award, which is like an Emmy Award — only more prestigious.

But the season’s final hour was merely a sampling of a show I’ve grown to love, and one I definitely need more of in the future. Seriously, why hasn’t ABC Family given this show a second season yet?

Not only does The Lying Game hit every one of the network’s targets right on the bullseye — there’s fashion, mystery, murder, and of course, a cornucopia of handsomeness — but it also appeals to a slightly more mature crowd. I was just as invested in Ted (Andy Buckley) and Kristin’s (Helen Slater) crumbling marriage as I was with the twins’ constant battle over Ethan (Blair Redford). And don’t get me started on Adrian Pasdar‘s brilliant work as Alec Rybek. That man played the devil in a suit, and he played it well.

But The Lying Game really found its legs in the second half of the season, when Rebecca arrived in Phoenix on the winter premiere. Don’t get me wrong, I was invested in the mystery before Charisma graced us with her presence, but there’s no denying her character’s role as the glue of the show. Suddenly all of the characters were connected. They had someone to focus on, someone to question, and someone the viewers loved to speculate about.

And just as the show’s intense story line picked up steam, so too did the ratings. Consistent improvements — the show hit series highs in January and February — showed just how hopelessly fans of the show were being sucked into the mystery, and how more people were joining the game every week.

What began last summer as a guilty pleasure about two long-lost twins ended last night as an ensemble drama with a permanent home on my DVR.

More Lying Game, please!

— Andy Swift

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