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

Robin Tunney

[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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Mega Buzz: A Grey's Catch-22 and New Romances on The Mentalist and Nashville

Sandra Oh, Robin Tunney, Connie Britton

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

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Rockmond Dunbar Joins the Cast of The Mentalist

Rockmond Dunbar

Rockmond Dunbar has landed a multi-episode arc on The Mentalist, Deadline.com reports.

The Prison Break alum, who currently recurs on Sons of Anarchy, will play... read more

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

The Mentalist Finale: Who Is Red John?

Simon Baker

By the end of The Mentalist's Season 5 finale, viewers will finally know Red John's real name.

On Sunday's episode (10/9c, CBS), Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) narrows down his list of suspects to seven people. And despite the twists and tricks of the past (remember Bradley Whitford as Red John?), creator and executive producer Bruno Heller insists that one of the names on Jane's list is indeed his serial-killing nemesis.

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"The cards are up on the table and they're the real cards," Heller tells TVGuide.com... read more

Lorelei Returns to The Mentalist on a Murderous Mission

Emmanuelle Chriqui

As fans of The Mentalist know only too well, you'd have to be nuts to purposely piss off Red John. But that's just what will happen in Sunday's ­episode, titled "There Will Be Blood," when the serial killer's accomplice, Lorelei Martins, goes rogue. Played by Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui, the needy, high-strung Lorelei packs an all-purpose gym bag of devastation (gun, Taser, rope, handcuffs) and sets out to avenge the murder of her sister Miranda — a crime that... read more

Jodie Foster to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Golden Globes

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster will receive the 2013 Cecil B. Demille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday.

Foster, 50, will be the fourth-youngest person to receive the honor and follows in the footsteps of recent honorees Al Pacino, Warren Beatty and Morgan Freeman. The honor was announced at... 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

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