Friday Night Lights alum Kevin Rankin has been tapped for the potentially recurring role of Patrick Jane's brother-in-law, Danny Ruskin, on The Mentalist, a CBS rep confirms.
As we first reported, Rankin's character is a charismatic con man who uses his charm and bravado to mask his anxieties...
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After two seasons of hunting the serial killer that murdered his wife and daughter, is The Mentalist's Patrick Jane ready for a little off-the-clock happiness in his life?
In Thursday's penultimate Season 2 episode (10/9c on CBS), Jane (Simon Baker) investigates the murder of a man who works to fight human trafficking. While on the case, Jane's path crosses once again with Kristina Frye (24's Leslie Hope), the psychic therapist he met last season and who is now also consulting part-time for the police. And it's safe to say that Jane is a little smitten.
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"The producers were looking for somebody to engage Jane in a slightly different way than has been happening with his character at work," Hope tells TVGuide.com of her character's return...
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Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant answer your burning questions. Want some TV scoop? Please send all questions to email@example.com.
Will Sarah and Chuck ever become a real couple on Chuck? — Paloma
MICKEY: Funny you should put it that way. An upcoming episode asks the same question when S&C pretend to be married for a mission — and end up exchanging some real vows. It's an interesting, slightly distorted echo of that poignant scene earlier in the season when the pair talked about running away together.
Any scoop about Grissom making a guest appearance on CSI? — Chelsey
ADAM: Executive producer Carol Mendelsohn assures us that she broaches the subject every time she sees William Petersen. But...
The latest person to fall under Patrick Jane's spell on The Mentalist is Jane's new boss, Special Agent Madeline Hightower.
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"She's really fascinated by him," Aunjanue Ellis, who plays Hightower, tells TVGuide.com. "She respects him, and I think there's an element of her she sees in him. She's a strategist and she's able to, with a lot of fluidity, handle a wild card like Patrick [Simon Baker] and at the same time deal with the incredible bureaucracy that comes with having a job like that."
But make no mistake: Hightower, who makes her debut Thursday, is no pushover...
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Every week, editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant answer your burning questions. Want some TV scoop? Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could you please tell us when we'll see Horatio's son Kyle again on CSI: Miami? — McDermott
ADAM: You won't have to wait long. Kyle returns to Miami seeking Horatio's help in the next episode, when one of Kyle's Army buddies is charged with murder. And he'll be sticking around. "Kyle is part of the conclusion of Season 8," co-executive producer Barry O'Brien tells us. "Horatio is going to deal with Kyle becoming a man in a truly dramatic way. ... We get a chance to have a glimpse into the heart of the man behind the sunglasses."
Did Damon really kill Elena's birth mother on The Vampire Diaries? I can't help but feel like there's more to this story. — Taryn
MICKEY: Well, yeah. When Diaries returns on March 25, we'll learn once and for all...
We see a serious bad guy in Patrick Jane's future: Malcolm McDowell will guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Mentalist, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
McDowell, best known for playing nihilist Alex in A Clockwork Orange, will play the leader of a twisted religious cult in which Jane (Simon Baker) gets entangled. Series creator Bruno Heller describes the character as a "great heavy."
"He seems to have his sinister tentacles in every pie, which is really mixing horrible metaphors, but he's that kind of guy," Heller tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "We're very lucky to get someone as great as Malcolm McDowell to play that."
McDowell, who recently starred in Rob Zombie's two Halloween reboots, recurred on Heroes as the mysterious Linderman during the first three seasons and on Entourage as Ari Gold's former mentor/nemesis Terrence. Fun fact: He played the Ricardo Montalban role in the short-lived 1998 Fantasy Island reboot.
Also look for McDowell on the March 1 episode of CSI: Miami, which was directed by Zombie...
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CBS has picked up its first post-strike pilot, The Mentalist, a crime drama about a mentalist who uses his mad skillz to help police solve crimes. Speaking to the Eye's faith in the project, veteran director David Nutter — whose pilot creds include Supernatural, Traveler, and most recently Sarah Connor Chronicles — is in talks to direct the script penned by Rome cocreator Bruno Heller.