Michael Rady

Michael Rady has been tapped to succeed Aunjanue Ellis' Madeleine Hightower as the CBI's head honcho on The Mentalist, TVLine.com reports.

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Rady, whose credits include Greek and the Melrose Place reboot, will play Luther Wainwright, the new special agent now in charge of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and his team. Wainwright is described as a highly educated, fresh-faced idealist with off-beat good looks. Although he lacks much field experience, his ability to learn on his feet allow him to keep up with the quick-witted Patrick.

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As previously announced, Reed Diamond will guest-star as a CBI supervising agent who assists Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and her team with a murder investigation. 

The Mentalist returns Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10/9c on CBS.