Friday, July 23, 2010

Deaf actress Shoshannah Stern to join cast of Fox's "Lie to Me"

From TV Squad:

Dr. Lightman is getting a new assistant, straight off the boat from Jericho and Agrestic. Shoshannah Stern (pictured) will be joining 'Lie to Me' this season as a grad student whom the doc (Tim Roth) hires to help him with his new book.

The Fox show (Mondays at 8PM ET) follows the investigations of Dr. Cal Lightman, the world's top expert on detecting deception. He and his firm, The Lightman Group, aid federal law enforcement through their observation of even the tiniest of facial expressions to catch criminals in their lies.

Stern's character, like the actress, will be deaf -- a fact that EW reports will make some of Cal's colleagues question whether she's up to par to assist him. The hyper-observant doc, however, takes a shine to his new right-hand woman, who will be a recurring character for the show's upcoming third season, which premieres Nov. 10.

Stern may be familiar to viewers as Bonnie, the bad-ass teen on CBS's ill-fated series, 'Jericho,' which left the air in 2008 amid major outcry from fans. Before moving to the farm, she stirred up hormones and drama as Silas's girlfriend on the first season of 'Weeds.'

Most recently, Stern appeared alongside Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels in the CBS special, 'Sweet Nothing in My Ear,' about a couple that struggles over whether to give their deaf son an implant that would let him hear again. And while she has two other projects in development ('Hamill' and 'Five Good Years') the actress's next task is tackling the quirky working habits of her on-screen boss this fall.