First Look: CBS’ THE MENTALIST – Picture & Videos

The Mentalist

Now that we have learned a little more about CBS’ new primetime schedule, it’s time to take a closer look at all of their new shows.

Next up, THE MENTALIST starring Simon Baker and Robin Tunney.

This sounds like another procedural. I always find it hard to judge a show solely on a promo, but it can give you an indication of whether or not it looks good. The Mentalist looks pretty good to me. I usually enjoy Simon Baker, so that’s already a plus. As for the story, well it’s not really that original, I mean it does sound like Psych a little bit but a much darker version. However, depending on how it’s developed and done, it could be another success for CBS. I am looking forward to checking out the pilot.

Synopsis: Simon Baker (“The Devil Wears Prada”) stars as Patrick Jane, a detective and independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, “Prison Break”) openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang, “Rambo”), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman, “The Nine”), and rookie member Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti, “The O.C.”), who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Watch a promo video and preview clip from The Mentalist below.