Michael Ausiello
September 01, 2010 AT 06:19 PM EDT

Image Credit: Sam Jones/FoxThe Lightman Group is severing ties with the FBI in season 3, which means Mekhi Phifer (a.k.a. Special Agent Ben Reynolds) is out of a job.

“We’re going rogue a little bit,” explains Lie to Me executive producer David Graziano. “Lightman [Tim Roth] is going to act slightly in the more old-school PI model of a TV protagonist, [so] we’re doing away with the FBI contract [and] Mekhi is unfortunately no longer going to be on the show.

“The FBI franchise limited our storytelling a little bit because it had to adhere to the FBI structures of ‘Would the FBI take this case or not?'” Graziano continues. “The character that’s going to be our badge this season is a bent cop, Wolowsky [The Unusuals‘ Monique Gabriela Curnen], who goes about business in a similar way to Lightman. There’s a mutual respect from the get-go. We’re working hard to make The Lightman Group a dysfunctional family.”

Thoughts? Smart move? Dumb move? Waiting to form an opinion until the show returns on Nov. 10? Hit the comments! (Reporting by Archana Ram)

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