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The Mentalist: Has Patrick Jane Been Framed for Murder?

Simon Baker, The Mentalist

The Mentalist's third season literally ended with a bang when Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) gunned down a man he believed to be Red John (Bradley Whitford), the serial killer who killed Jane's wife and child.

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But did he really kill Red John? "There's a lot of questions to be answered," creator Bruno Heller tells TVGuide.com of the Season 4 premiere (Thursday, 10/9c, CBS). "If that was Red John, then Red John was still one jump ahead of him because he was able to frame him for killing an innocent man."

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Mentalist Scoop: Patrick Jane to Lock Horns with The Shield's Catherine Dent

Simon Baker and Catherine Dent

A female FBI agent is going to make waves on The Mentalist this season — both inside the CBI and in Agent Wayne Rigsby's love life.

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TVGuide.com has learned that The Shield star Catherine Dent will appear in multiple Season 4 episodes as Special Agent Susan Darcy, a seasoned and assertive FBI agent who often downplays her intelligence to get what she wants without causing friction. Even so, she's sure to rub a few people the wrong way: As we previously reported, her character will but heads with Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney) when she takes over one of their cases... read more

Mega Buzz: House's Jail Stay, Ringer's Double Trouble and Finn's Tough Glee Choices

Hugh Laurie, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cory Monteith

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What can you tell me about House's stay in the big house? — Tracie
ADAM:
As you might expect, the good doctor's particular brand of charm doesn't win him many friends on the inside. Odette Annable's prison doc... read more

Exclusive: Henry Thomas Guest-Stars on The Mentalist

Henry Thomas

Former kid sensation Henry Thomas (E.T.) has been set to appear on CBS's The Mentalist as bounty hunter Tommy Lisbon, the brother of Robin Tunney's character, CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon. The sibs will meet up in an episode airing in late October on a case concerning the death of a police officer. 

"Everyone else in the Lisbon family is a policeman or fireman so Tommy is considered a bit of a black ...
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Exclusive: The Mentalist Is in Kelli Williams' Future

Kelli Williams

The Mentalist's Patrick Jane is about to get a (perhaps unwanted) blast from the past.

Former Lie to Me and The Practice star Kelli Williams will guest-star on the CBS drama's upcoming fourth season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. She will play Beth Flint, a woman who once hired Jane (Simon Baker) during his days as a pretend psychic... read more

The Mentalist: Did Patrick Jane Really Kill Red John?

The Mentalist

It was perhaps last season's boldest finale. After three seasons, The Mentalist's Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) finally came face-to-face with the man he believed to be Red John (guest-star Bradley Whitford), the serial killer who killed Jane's wife and daughter. The two had a long, intense conversation as Jane tried to confirm that he was indeed in the presence of his nemesis. Once he did just that, Jane took his vengeance, shooting the man in broad daylight and surrendering himself to the authorities that came charging in.

Spoiler alert: Simon Baker talks about The Mentalist's shocking season finale

But did he really kill Red John? And if so, what does that mean for both Jane's future (is he going to jail?) and the show's long-term goals? TVGuide.com chatted with creator and executive producer Bruno Heller to get the answers... read more

Mega Buzz: Mentalist's Red John Dilemma, Weeds' Family Trials and Minds' Return

Simon Baker, Mary-Louise Parker, Thomas Gibson

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

I just watched The Mentalist finale again, and I have no idea what they're going to do next season. Any clues? — Chris
ADAM
: It's simple: Jane will claim that he killed Red John in self-defense after he learned that Red John was communicating with his mole, Agent O'Loughlin. (We all saw the gun and the phone call, right?) Not so fast, says series creator Bruno Heller. "Not only is there no cell phone with any calls from an FBI Agent named O'Loughlin, but no gun will be found [by the police]," he says, hinting that someone is still pulling the strings. "Within five minutes of the season-opener, Jane is in jail for homicide with no way out. And he and Lisbon, to some extent, start questioning his sanity." There we go — the insanity defense!

I can't wait for Weeds to return! How will Nancy be different after "Plan C"? — Amanda
NATALIE:
Don't assume that being behind bars has taught Nancy anything.... read more

The Mentalist's Amanda Righetti Thinks About That Crazy Finale

Amanda Righetti

No contest. Patrick Jane killing Red John was the shocker event of The Mentalist's season ender Thursday night. But RJ wasn't the only corpse left lying there when the dust settled. In another stunning development, FBI agent Craig O'Laughlin (Eric Winter) was revealed to be Red John's mole and he, too, was shot dead, leaving his fiancée, CBI agent Grace Van Pelt, with some major trust issues. "This is a life-changing, mind-bending experience for Van Pelt," says creator-exec producer Bruno Heller. "She will certainly come back next fall very damaged in some ways, but in other ways she will come out of this stronger and more ferocious." Oh, yeah? Tell that to Amanda Righetti, the flame-haired beauty who plays Van Pelt. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the actress, who doesn't know what to think about her character's crappy luck with men.

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Spoiler Alert: Simon Baker Talks About The Mentalist's Shocking Season Finale

Simon Baker, The Mentalist

Did CBS cancel The Mentalist and forget to tell us? The smash-hit crime drama just wrapped its third season with Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) shooting and killing serial slayer Red John (Bradley Whitford) in the crowded food court of a shopping mall. But wasn't Jane's vengeful pursuit of Red John his raison d'être and the very point of this series? How could the plot wrap up so soon? Then again, did Jane kill the real Red John? Whether he did or he didn't, he's in deep doo-doo. "Patrick has just murdered a man in cold blood in front of hundreds of people and next season he will be tried in court," creator Bruno Heller tells us. "We won't dodge any issues. Patrick won't wake up and discover it was all a dream. There will be consequences." TV Guide Magazine spoke with Baker to get his take on the daring cliffhanger and where his show is headed from here... read more

The Mentalist Finale: Jane and Red John Come Face to Face

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

The word game-changer gets thrown around a lot, but The Mentalist's bold Season 3 finale, which finally puts Patrick Jane face to face with serial-killer nemesis Red John, is a giant moment for the CBS drama.

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