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The Mentalist Goes Mental

Simon Baker, Aunjanue Ellis

Who set fire to serial cop-killer Todd Johnson, executing him in his jail cell? That mystery has been haunting the characters on The Mentalist since November, and tonight one of the CBI's very own is fingered as the perp!

First, Agent J.J. LaRoche (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who's been investigating the case as head of CBI's internal affairs, will reveal that one of Johnson's victims had been sleeping with... read more

Mega Buzz: A Grey's Hookup, a Dark Housewives Secret and a Vampire Romance

Ellen Pompeo, Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev

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

Any scoop on Grey's Anatomy? — Jamie
NATALIE: In an upcoming episode, Meredith has to leave the OR when she suddenly goes blind! Wow, that was depressing. I should have led with the shower sex, huh? OK, Soap Dropper No. 1 isn't single now, but he or she will rival Callie and Arizona's sudsy frolics from earlier this season. Any guesses as to the not-so-squeaky-clean pair?

What's coming up on Desperate Housewives? — Amy
ADAM:
Two Wisteria Lane ladies will deal with trauma in different ways: Susan will use her dialysis as an excuse to get out every problem she has, right up until a neighbor offers to donate a kidney in a most unusual way. Meanwhile, Gaby will... read more

Cheers & Jeers: The Mentalist's Psychic Friends Network

Richard Roundtree, Pruitt Taylor Vince

Cheers to a couple of old pros for bringing character to The Mentalist.

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Richard Roundtree
and Pruitt Taylor Vince provided the dramatic muscle in an otherwise lightweight episode about a DOA at an MMA fight. The man once known as "the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks" — Shaft! — proved he still knows his way around the ring as a sly trainer. If only Roundtree could recur, like he did in recent years on Heroes and Desperate Housewives. Maybe Simon Baker's Thomas Jane could distract himself from obsessing over Red John with a few boxing lessons?... read more

Report: Simon Baker Strikes $30 Million Deal with Warner Bros.

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The Mentalist's Simon Baker is finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. Television for more than $30 million, Deadline.com reports.

That figure includes money already promised to Baker in his current contract. As part of the new deal with Warner Bros., which produces The Mentalist, Baker will add another year to his six-season contract. He'll also get a producer credit on the series beginning in Season 5 and he will receive an additional piece of the show's royalties. Warner Bros. sold the syndication rights to TNT in November 2009 for $2.2 million per episode.

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Keck's Exclusives: First Look at a Mentalist Whodunit

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With CBI rocked by a violent Red John-related death on last night's episode of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) will now have to contend with the possibility that one of his trusted teammates had a hand in the murder. Enter Special Agent J.J. Laroche (Murder One Emmy winner Pruitt Taylor Vince), who arrives December 9 to launch an investigation into suspects Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and Cho (Tim Kang).

The Mentalist: Does Red John have another mole in the CBI?

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The Mentalist: Does Red John Have Another Mole in the CBI?

Simon Baker and Robin Tunney, The Mentalist

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... read more

The Mentalist's Simon Baker Goes Behind the Camera

Simon Baker

As bad-boy crime whiz Patrick Jane on The Mentalist, Simon Baker takes orders from no one. But he sure knows how to give 'em! The Aussie Adonis turns director for tonight's episode, a sprawling story — written by series creator Bruno Heller — that finds the CBI team investigating an artfully staged triple homicide, which appears to be the work of a complicated maniac. It's soon revealed that the small-town murders are part of a wider slaughter of California policemen, which could lead to a media nightmare.

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Keck's Exclusives: New Mentalist Character To Butt Heads with Jane

Pruitt Taylor Vince

At the end of The Mentalist's November 18 episode, titled "Red Moon" and directed by series star Simon Baker, something will happen at CBI that casts suspicion on the organization's employees.

Enter Agent J.J. Laroche, played by character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince, the head of CBI's Internal Affairs. He arrives December 9 and will recur in five or six more episodes this the season. The character is described as... read more

In Focus: For The Mentalist's Simon Baker, Good Looks Plus Hard Work Equals Success

Simon Baker

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... read more

The Mentalist: Meet Patrick Jane's Brother-in Law

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Patrick Jane's obsession with Red John stems from a wound created by Red John's murder of Jane's wife and child.

In Thursday's episode, fresh salt gets poured in that wound when Jane (Simon Baker) has a run-in with his con-man brother-in-law. Danny Ruskin, (guest star Kevin Rankin), who still blames Jane for his... read more

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