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Mentalist Creator Bruno Heller on the Shocking Season 6 Premiere: "It's the Final Showdown"

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[Warning: This article contains major spoilers from the season premiere of The Mentalist. Read at your own risk!]

Red John is back with a vengeance on The Mentalist. The serial killer who has made a game out of tormenting Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) promised Jane in the Season 5 finale that he was going to start killing again until Jane captured him — or vice versa. And he didn't waste any time in sticking to his word.

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Mentalist Boss Bruno Heller Breaks Down the Red John Suspects

Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

It's the beginning of the end for the Red John story line on CBS' The Mentalist. Creator Bruno Heller has promised that the case which has plagued Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) since Season 1 will be solved this year. And based on the Season 6 premiere, Heller and Co. aren't wasting any time in getting to the conclusion.

"We've never really started a season with this kind of situation in which our guys are very, very close to the bad guy, but the bad guy knows exactly as much as they do," Heller tells TVGuide.com. "It's an interesting chess position that they're both in as we start. ... In this first episode, Lisbon is dealing with the fact that Jane for the first time doesn't seem to know what to do next. And that scares the hell out of her."

We asked Heller to make a case for each of the seven suspects. "All of those guys have reasons to hide aspects of their personality," he says. "It's just a question of whether they're hiding for ordinary prosaic reasons or for sinister, evil reasons."

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Exclusive: Charles in Charge's Josie Davis Cast on The Mentalist

Josie Davis

Josie Davis will guest-star in the season premiere of The Mentalist, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Davis will play Sonya, a waitress in a truck stop Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) visit while investigating the seven possible Red John suspects.

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Exclusive Mentalist Postmortem: Robin Tunney Breaks Down the Big Red John Reveal

Robin Tunney and Simon Baker

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 5 finale of The Mentalist. Read at your own risk.]

And then there were seven.

The Mentalist finale: Who is Red John?

As promised, The Mentalist's Season 5 finale found Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) narrowing down the list of people who could possibly be his serial killer nemesis Red John to just seven names. But in a final twist and display of power, Red John "changed the game" by predicting — in the form of a video message from the now-dead Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui) no less! — which seven names Jane was going to end with. He also shared this parting threat: "I'm going to start killing again, often. Until you catch me, or I catch you."

Creator Bruno Heller insists that one of these suspects is indeed Red John... read more

On the Set: The Mentalist Goes Back in Time for the 100th Episode

Simon Baker

Think about it. We're now five seasons into The Mentalist and we still don't know all that much about Simon Baker's title character — the sad, tormented, ultra-private Patrick Jane. What happened to him right after the murder of his wife and daughter by the mad slasher Red John? Is it true he was in a mental hospital under suicide watch? And, if so, how did he ever get his act together to join the major crimes unit at the CBI? To celebrate the 100th episode of the CBS series, creator-exec producer Bruno Heller is flashing back — eight years to be exact — to cough up a few answers. Prepare for a... read more

The Mentalist Takes a Giant Leap Toward Catching Red John

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Is this the year The Mentalist's Patrick Jane finally catches Red John? Probably not, but creator Bruno Heller is promising some major movement in the case.

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"We're going to get much, much, much closer," Heller tells TVGuide.com. "We're going to take an investigative leap forward, further than we have in the previous four seasons. Up to now, we've kind of been stalking him. This season, conceptually, we get a location for him. The running chase starts now."

Perhaps the key to that reveal is Lorelei (guest star Emmanuelle Chriqui), the cocktail waitress-turned-Red John disciple Jane (Simon Baker) had a fling with in last season's finale... read more

Exclusive Mentalist Sneak Peek: Jane Meets Lisbon's Ex-Fiancé!

Simon Baker and Robin Tunney

Teresa Lisbon, heartbreaker?

The Mentalist Exclusive: The Shield's Kenny Johnson to play Lisbon's ex!

On Thursday's episode of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney) investigate a surfer's murder. But as they begin questioning suspects, Lisbon is shocked to come across Greg Tayback (guest star Kenny Johnson), her former fiancé!

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The Mentalist Exclusive: The Shield's Kenny Johnson to Play Lisbon's Ex!

Kenny Johnson, Robin Tunney

The Mentalist viewers will soon meet another man in Teresa Lisbon's life — but this time it's a man from her past.

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's Kenny Johnson has been tapped to play Greg Taybeck, the high school boyfriend and ex-fiancé of Lisbon (Robin Tunney), TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. When Greg becomes involved in one of the CBI's cases... read more

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."

Indeed, Jane... read more

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

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