The Powers That Be have finally pulled the trigger on a TV series that’s been in development for years—and through many iterations. We’re talking about True Lies, of course, the upcoming drama based on James Cameron’s 1994 big-screen action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The series is scheduled to debut midseason as part of CTV’s 2022-23 TV lineup. So far from what we’ve seen, the show looks like it could be just as iconic as the film. The pilot alone features plenty of action, comedic relief and beautiful international settings that make it one of our most anticipated TV shows of the season. Read on for everything you need to know about the upcoming series.
Similar to the film, True Lies revolves around a mother and wife who grows bored by her life and marriage. She’s a successful teacher and yoga aficionado, but yearns for more excitement. Little does she know her husband—a supposed salesman—is actually leading an extraordinary double life.
When a big mistake exposes the truth, however, the wife finds herself drawn into his life and recruited to do things she never thought possible. And yes, that includes a memorable helicopter ride.
“It's so beautiful to have a family and to have children and to watch them grow. But it's such a giving thing, being a mother or parent,” series lead Ginger Gonzaga tells Etalk. “I like that Helen gets to reclaim some things she hasn't been exercising in a long time, even though it's kind of forced upon her. It is nice to be taken out of a routine.”
Some fans may recognize Gonzaga from her role on Kidding. She also appears alongside Tatiana Maslany in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Here she plays Helen, a character who also happens to speak a slew of languages in addition to being an amazing fighter thanks to all of those exercise videos she does.
“She teaches linguistics and language at the collegiate level,” Gonzaga explains. “I studied Spanish in high school and then I minored in Chinese. I also had to learn a little bit of French for the pilot episode, but I think I've always had a good ear for language. I also care a little too much! I don't ever want to get it wrong. I want her to sound as professional as possible.”
Joining Gonzaga is Steve Howey (Shameless) as Helen’s international spy husband. “Steve can learn fight choreography as quickly as like a Janet Jackson dancer,” Gonzaga dishes about her co-star. “It's so impressive, I've never seen anything like it. They'll show him a fight sequence and he'll be like, ‘What is it? I'm on four hours of sleep. Okay, I got you.’ And then he does it.”
Erica Hernandez (Power Book II: Ghost), Omar Miler (Ballers), Mike O’Gorman (Vice Principals), Annabella Didion (Outer Banks) and Lucas Jaye (Fuller House) also star.
Unfortunately for fans, nope. At least not yet. Gonzaga hadn’t even seen the film before she filmed the pilot (which is full of homages including a certain dance sequence and a helicopter ride), but she definitely checked it out afterwards. Now, she’d love to run into Jamie Lee Curtis because she’s a fan of her True Lies performance.
“We work closely with James Cameron's company and so I've met a lot of people there. I'm sure I'll run into her at some point. I guess I could tweet at her?” Gonzaga says. “She’s so wonderful and iconic and everywhere all at once! She's also so fun in that film. I love how she's not just sexy, she's very funny. That was really appealing to me about being able to do all the things in the show, like be cool, fight, be a dork. All the things.”
Even though this is a show that clearly has the potential to travel to many international locations, it films in the United States. The cast and crew shot the True Lies pilot in New Orleans, but the series will shoot in Atlanta when it officially gets underway.
Yes! CTV released a hot new look as part of the Bell Media Upfront presentations in June.