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 ...
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...
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...
Former Homicide: Life on the Street star Reed Diamond has signed on to guest-star on The Mentalist, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Diamond will play Ray Haffner, a confident CBI supervising agent who runs a tight ship. As we previously reported, Haffner will lead a group of agents assisting Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and her team with the investigation of a personal trainer's murder. Something tells us the CBI may not be big enough for both teams...
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.
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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...
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.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean somebody ain't out to getcha. It might even be several somebodies. In the early months of the CBS hit The Mentalist, it seemed to viewers that Red John, the unseen psychopath who haunts and taunts Simon Baker's character, Patrick Jane, was operating as a solo act. But now, in the show's third season, it is creepily...
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Fans of The Mentalist are not going to want to miss the final moments of Thursday's episode.
"There's probably the biggest shock ending we've ever put up on the screen," creator Bruno Heller tells TVGuide.com "I think people will be intrigued and surprised by the whole episode."
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The episode finds Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, who also directed the episode) and the rest of the CBI investigating a triple homicide in small rural town. Further digging by Jane and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) reveals the killings are the work of serial cop killer. John Billingsley guest-stars as a self-professed psychic, whom Jane manipulates to find the real murderer.
But it wouldn't be November sweeps if Red John didn't have some part to play...
Go ahead and stare at Simon Baker. Gawk at his curly golden locks and his winning smile. He doesn't mind, really.
"It doesn't bother me because I know time is ticking," the 41-year-old Baker tells TVGuide.com. "I've been doing this for almost 20 years, and I'm able to see myself age on film. Eventually I know what I'm going to become — I've seen my father."
When Bruno Heller was looking to cast a leading man to play the role of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, he was won over by Baker's looks as well. But he quickly learned there was much more beneath the surface. "What Jane does is get in people's physical space and inside their heads, and in order to do that, you have to be someone that people want to be close to, whether they know it or not," Heller says. "It needed a very magnetic personality playing the part.
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"Simon has a physical and mental grace. He's always switched on — he's always alert, always alive," Heller continues. "If you watch him working on a stage, he's never just going through the lines. He's always looking for the extra grace notes. It's actually a much tougher job. Very few actors can do the hard physical work that must be done on a show like this."
But back in the late 1980s, when Baker first began acting in commercials in his native Australia, he laughed at the idea of considering acting a form of labor...
Robin Tunney and Simon Baker
Patrick Jane got closer than ever to his psychopathic nemesis, Red John, in The Mentalist's Season 2 finale, but an end to Jane's quest for vengeance couldn't be further away.
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"Jane was pretty badly traumatized by his encounter with Red John," creator/executive producer Bruno Heller tells TVGuide.com "It wasn't on Jane's terms. He felt ... violated and to a degree humbled by the experience. Jane had always had some sense that this was an equal duel of wits. But the last episode showed it was certainly more of a cat-and-mouse thing going on, and that Red John was holding all the cards."
Worse, Red John abducted psychic Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope), the first woman Jane (Simon Baker) had allowed himself to get close to since the murder of his wife and child at Red John's hand. Heller says Jane will pull away from Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and the rest of the team...