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Exclusive Mentalist Sneak Peek: Why Is Lisbon in Jail?!

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Orange is the new Lisbon?

On Sunday's episode of The Mentalist (9/8c, CBS), Lisbon (Robin Tunney) takes an unusual (and potentially dangerous?) undercover assignment — as a prison inmate. read more

The Mentalist's Final Season: Get Ready for an Unconventional Lisbon-Jane Romance, the Return of Familiar Faces and More

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

As The Mentalist prepares to kick off its seventh and final season Sunday, members of the cast and crew say they feel like they have a new show on their hands. First, there's no will-they-or-won't-they tension between Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to grapple with, after that steamy kiss in the Season 6 finale. And, for the first time in the show's history, the Red John storyline will not be lurking in the background.

"Essentially this season is about what happens when life turns out the way you'd hoped it would, when you do have a happy ending," creator Bruno Heller told reporters on a conference call last week. "What happens after that? Jane and Lisbon have been engaged in this epic journey for six years. ... How do you create a different kind of life? And how do you create a different relationship out of a relationship that was borne in the kind of trauma that theirs was? ... It's the last hurrah for the show."

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Exclusive Mentalist Video: Stars Discuss the Decision to End Red John Story Line

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

The sixth season of CBS' The Mentalist marked a turning point for the show, wrapping up the Red John story line and subsequently jumping ahead two years.

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Ask Matt: Finales (Castle, Mentalist), Penny Dreadful, Cancellation Fallout

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Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Last week, you wrote about how producers "often — too often, to be honest — try to end their seasons with a bang ... in hopes of stimulating interest for when they return several months later." I understand the reasoning, and it definitely worked for me with Person of Interest — it was game-changing and left me very curious to see how it goes, but satisfying. However I had the opposite reaction to Castle, which looked to be heading for a good place to pause with a minor game-changer (Mr. & Mrs. Castle), even got some nice wedding emotion going, and then threw in a ridiculous "dun-dun-dun" moment which had zero emotional impact as no one believes Castle could be dead. Most of these cliffhangers now seem to me like cheap tricks, a shyster trying to "buy" your viewing next fall, while moving the story to a new level seems a legitimate way of keeping interest and far more likely to have a good payoff in terms of the story next year. Anyway, it led me to wonder are there any "cliffhangers" of the past that you remember with pleasure and/or satisfaction, or is it only the game-changers that stand out in your mind? As always, thanks for an interesting column. — Elle

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Watch This Tonight: The Mentalist

Will Jane finally admit he's got the hots for Lisbon?

On Sunday's season finale of The Mentalist, a new lead in a cold case forces Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to postpone her plans to relocate. The good news? This gives Jane (Simon Baker) time to consider his feelings for Lisbon. What will he decide?

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The Mentalist Finale: Robin Tunney and Simon Baker Discuss Lisbon's "Big Decision"

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

The moment Mentalist fans have been waiting for for six seasons has arrived. Will Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon's (Robin Tunney) professional partnership finally turn into something more on Sunday's season finale?

Well ... that's up to Lisbon to decide. Her options: Accompany new boyfriend Marcus Pike (Pedro Pascal) to Washington, D.C. and accept his marriage proposal, or stay behind with Jane, who hasn't exactly tried to sweep her off her feet.

"It's a big decision," Tunney tells TVGuide.com. read more

Exclusive Mentalist Sneak Peek: Why Is Jane Under Arrest?

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

The Mentalist's Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) isn't one for sentimental speeches, but it looks like he might have to pull one out of his hat in order to convince Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to stay.

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Exclusive Mentalist Sneak Peek: Jane and Co. Create a (Hilarious) Diversion

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker, Tim Kang, Joe Adler

On Sunday's episode of The Mentalist, Jane (Simon Baker) and the crew uncover a vast human smuggling ring after an encounter with a suspicious-looking stranger. But how can they prove who's involved?

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Which Bubble Shows Would You Save?

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Do you want to see a romance play out between Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) on The Mentalist? Have you not heard enough original music from ABC's Nashville? read more

Exclusive Mentalist Sneak Peek: Is Jane Jealous of Lisbon and Pike?

Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

The romance between Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and Agent Pike (Pedro Pascal) seems to be going swimmingly on The Mentalist, and with a proposal being teased as part of the season finale, it doesn't appear that it will cool off any time soon.

But how is the new relationship sitting with Jane (Simon Baker)?

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