The Mentalist (CBS, Sundays, 9/8C) returns with Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon now a couple – though they’re keeping that on the down low at work. Not that they’re fooling anybody – except, possibly, Cho…
On The Mentalist, Patrick Jane has been hunting Red John – the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter. Red John’s identity will be revealed this season – and the list of seven suspects will be pared down to six in the season premiere!
Check out the press release, following the jump, to refresh your memory about where your favorite CBS shows left off – and get the first taglines for the season premieres.
CBS has revealed the dates for season finales for its 2010-11 programming schedule. Included are two-hour finales for The Amazing Race, Survivor: Redemption Island [and, of course, the Survivor: Redemption Island Live Reunion Show, and The Mentalist. The complete list of upcoming CBS season finales follows the jump.
Available on DVD as of September 22, 2009
The Mentalist Season One was one of CBS Networks most successful series of the 2008-2009 television season with the pilot episode garnering a 15.6 million rating on its premiere and and 7.8 million for its encore airing three days later. It is also one of CBS’s more quirky and intelligent crime dramas. The Mentalist, created by Bruno Heller, is an adaptation of a premise as old as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: a man with the uncanny mental abilities to notice seemingly insignificant details or the smallest of clues and draw information from them that helps in the process of profiling and capturing criminals.
In this incarnation viewers were presented with Patrick Jane (played by Simon Baker), a man who, up until five years ago, spent his life in the celebrity spotlight as a world-renowned “psychic”. It was then that Jane’s showboating need for the spotlight drew the attention of a cunning and enigmatic serial killer known only as Red John. After being mocked by the “psychic” on a national talk show, Red John retaliated by killing Jane’s wife and daughter. With his world shattered by this ruthless act of revenge, Patrick Jane admitted he feigned being psychic and began using his real abilities as a Mentalist to join the California Bureau of Investigation as a police consultant. While he works on solving other crimes as well in a manner that is found by those around him to be a bit eccentric but highly perceptive, his main drive is his relentless need to capture Red John: something that Jane is willing to sacrifice anything including his own life to do.
The second season premiere of The Mentalist [CBS, Thursdays, 10/9C] gets to a quick start when CIB consultant Patrick Jane [Simon Baker] solves a murder in a department store in a matter of minutes. That the murderer causes a quarter of a million dollars in damages when he tries to flee – and the Sacramento Police file a complaint – but it’s all the same to Jane, who’s been as Agent Lisbon [Robin Tunney] pits it, running hot ever since he and Lisbon’s team narrowly missed capturing Red John [the serial killer who slew Jane’s wife and child to teach him a lesson] in the first season finale.
The Associated Press is reporting that CBS, the last network to hold its upfront, has picked up NBC cast-off, Medium – and is moving The Mentalist into the overcrowded swirl of programming that is Thursday night. Medium will be paired with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights, as predicted by EW TV writer Michael Ausiello, while The Mentalist will anchor the Thursday line-up at 10/9c.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the network has added four shows – three dramas and one comedy – to its 2009-10 fall schedule.
Mid-season replacements include the returning Flashpoint and Rules of Engagement, plus new series The Bridge [a new Canadian cop show], Miami Trauma [starring Jeremy Northam, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer], Undercover Boss [CEOs disguise themselves as regular workers at their own companies], and Arranged Marriage [reality TV – still looking for its absolutely lowest of the lowest common denominator].
The full CBS fall schedule and brief program description follow the jump.
This evening the new fall season of television programming begins with two returning series on The CW [Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill], one on TNT [Steven Bochco’s inept Raising the Bar] and one on Fox [Prison Break]. Overall, the new season looks a lot like the last one. Thanks to the writers’ strike, a number of series that might have been cancelled are reappearing, series like Life, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Chuck and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to name a few. Add to them the few buzzworthy new shows [Fringe, The Mentalist, and Eleventh Hour] and it still doesn’t add up to the anticipation for Fox’s Joss Whedon-created Dollhouse. Which is not to say that there aren’t points of interest on the fall schedule.