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Simon Baker, who in his first time around the dance floor with CBS portrayed The Guardian (and more recently costarred in the short-lived Smith), has signed on to front The Mentalist. As previously reported here, the drama pilot concerns a man who uses a heightened power of observation to help solve crimes.

According to Variety, Baker will be join in the cast by Owain Yeoman ( The Nine), Amanda Righetti ( The O.C.), Shaun Toub and Tim Kang.