THE MENTALIST Senses Eric Winter

Eric Winter

Grace Van Pelt will have some help recovering from her break-up with Rigsby on THE MENTALIST. Entertainment Weekly reports that Eric Winter (Days of Our Lives, Brothers and Sisters) will recur as Craig O’Loughlin, an FBI agent/former football player who is a potential love interest for Van Pelt after their initial flirtation sends sparks flying.

This is the second recurring role announced for the new season, following the news that Kevin Rankin will play Jane’s brother-in-law. Malcolm McDowell will also return this fall, reprising his role as church leader Britt Stiles, last seen in the “Red All Over” episode.

The Mentalist’s third season will premiere on CBS Thursday September 23 at 10pm/9 central.