News Briefs: The Mentalist Is Looking for a New Home

By Kaitlin Thomas

Apr 25, 2014


... There's a rumor spreading in Hollywoodland that Warner Bros TV, the studio that produces The Mentalist, is quietly shopping the series around to other networks in the event that CBS chooses not to renew it. Considering the network has already renewed 89 other shows this spring, the outlook isn't necessarily good for the Simon Baker-fronted series, which finallllllly wrapped up its long-running Red John mystery earlier this season. But it doesn't look like anyone's going to rush in to save it, either. The Mentalist has already aired for six seasons on CBS, which puts it at nursing-home age as far as TV shows go. What's more, its writers have been released to pursue other jobs, and creator/showrunner Bruno Heller is starting work on Fox's Batman prequel series Gotham and isn't expected to return as Mentalist showrunner if the series is renewed. Savor the final episodes of the season, friends, because it might be time to say goodbye for good. [Deadline]


BUSINESS TIME

... Time has released its annual round-up of 100 people who are 100 percent better and more successful than we are, and it includes some television folks! On this year's list: Weeds and Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones, Seth Meyers, Olivia Pope Kerry Washington, Key & Peele, Robin Wright, and Matthew McConaughey 10 years from now. [Time]

... MTV made a slew of announcements at its Upfront presentation today. Here are a few of the highlights: The Real World has been renewed for Season 30, which is holyshitbananascrazy to think about, while Snooki & JWoWW and Girl Code will both return for Season 4. The network has also ordered the unscripted series Slednecks, from the producers of Buckwild, and the dance competition series Beyond Dance. Finally, the upcoming scripted drama Finding Carter, about a girl who finds out her mother actually kidnapped her as a baby and is forced to return to find her birth parents, now has a premiere date: Tuesday, July 8 at 10pm for. For the full rundown of MTV's announcements, hit the link. [THR]

... BET also made a bunch of announcements today; here are a few of those highlights: Being Mary Jane (Season 2), Real Husbands of Hollywood (Season 3), The Game (Season 8), and 106 & Park will all return. New projects include The Start Up, about the founder of a lifestyle and entertainment blog who's trying to attain fame; Gone Gospel, an unscripted series about artists from outside the gospel arena compete in challenges while embarking on a holistic journey in an effort to better than lives and rebuild their careers; and Got Game, a new dating show in which contestants undergo wild transformations before their big dates. There's also something called The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker starring Raven-Symone' that sounds positively delightful. Or dirty. I can't decide which. [BET via press release]

... Last Week Tonight With John Oliver premieres Sunday, April 27 and HBO has finally decided on/revealed the identity of Oliver's the first guest. It's not Amy Poehler; instead, Gen. Keith Alexander will give his first interview since he retired as director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command. That sounds kind of important, I guess. [HBO via press release]

... A&E's Longmire will kick off its third season on Monday, June 2 at 10pm. According to the official description for the season, Walt's (Robert Taylor) is about to find himself in the middle of a whole lot of drama. Meanwhile, Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) is going to prison on murder charges, Branch (Bailey Chase) has been shot, and Vic (Katee Sackhoff) doesn't know if she's shaken the stalker from her past. [A&E via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... True Blood is packing up its fairies, vampires, werewolves, shifters, and maenads after this summer's seventh season, which means the cast is looking for new, hopefully less weird, projects. Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte on the HBO series, has already lined up his next role. He'll play the lead in Amazon's new pilot Cocked, about a man who leaves the family business to try to work his way up at a marketing firm only to be pulled back into the family's gun manufacturing business. Ah, so that explains the show title. I thought this was going to be porn. What a bummer. [THR]

... 666 Park Avenue's Helena Mattsson has landed a recurring role on Mistresses. She'll play Greta Jager, a European supermodel who is described as being "charming and warm” but who'll bite your head off if she thinks it's necessary. [TV Line]

... The live-action Jem and the Holograms film has found Jem AND the Holograms! Depending on your viewing habits you've likely heard of either one or none of the actors. Nashville's Aubrey Peeples will star as Jem, while Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) will play Jem's sister Kimber. Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) will play Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) will star as Aja. Good for them, I guess, but whatever happened with that weird Kickstarter for ideas and talent that the director and producers were going on about?  [THR]


REQUIRED READING/VIEWING

... L.J. Smith, who wrote the original Vampire Diaries book series upon which The CW show is based (and in which Elena is *gasp* blonde), is now writing new installments of the series as fan fiction through Amazon Worlds after being fired several years ago by her publisher, Alloy Entertainment. The Wall Street Journal has a pretty interesting article about the situation and how Smith is now reclaiming her characters and story, as if the recent books penned by a ghostwriter never happened. [WSJ]

... If you've ever wondered how Orphan Black works its clone magic, meet Kathryn Alexandre, Tatiana Maslany's hardworking body-double who's featured in every single scene even though you never see her face. [Buzzfeed]

... Neil Patrick Harris went on Letterman and talked about the controversial How I Met Your Mother finale, which is probably something he's going to do have to for the rest of his life. Sorry, bro. [YouTube]



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  • MichaelGillon May 07, 2014

    Come on, we can go at least another season. One of the few shows I make sure I do not miss. I like the current FBI theme. Simon Baker is absolute class and surely this is a better show than some of the already renewed crap. Then I loved E-Ring which was cancelled after one season.
    Its a bit like the Supermarket Woolworths. Everytime I find a product I like they discontinue it.

  • BeIb1 Apr 28, 2014

    Am hoping for a renewal of The Mentalist too.
    Yes it is some of the same old same old.
    But now the Jane characters has a chance to grow, after having accomplished his goal revenge on Red John.
    And of course i would like for him to grow with Teresa by his side, but she deserves someone strong and stable where she can be weak for a change and Patrick is not there yet.
    So give them another season, at least!

  • pamelliajohns Apr 27, 2014

    I really hope they renew The Mentalist. I had quit watching it last year because I was so sick of the whole Red John story line. After they wrapped up that story (something they should have done years ago), I tuned in again, and I have really been enjoying it. I love the move to the FBI, the new characters and the new setting. Jane's character has improved as well.

    It would be sad to see it cancelled now, when it has just started to feel fresh and interesting again.

  • tryptz Apr 25, 2014

    The Mentalist had served its time, towards the end of last season I stopped watching because of the boring farce Red John story line and Jane becoming even more of an a-hole than usual.
    Am very much looking forward to the start of Longmire. I keep meaning to get around to reading the books but frankly show is too real and vibrant for me.

  • dianamartins Apr 25, 2014

    Please get The Mentalist renewed!

  • Writerpatrick Apr 25, 2014

    I wouldn't mind another season of The Mentalist, but it seems as if the show has already decided to wrap things up. The mid-season finale could have worked as a series finale. The structure changes should have come two years ago; then it wouldn't feel as if they're just trying to wind the show down.

    And the Mentalist is not a Psych knockoff. It's a completely different show. The Mentalist is a drama where Psych is a comedy. It's like saying ER stole from MASH. Those who complain that The Mentalist stole from Psych are just jealous that The Mentalist was more successful in the ratings and aired on a real network. Would anyone complain that Battlestar Galactica was a Star Trek rip-off? Or that The Simpsons is a Flintstones rip-off?

  • Notusedname Apr 25, 2014

    Wow, is The Mentalist on it's way out, this news is as big as the news about food from McDonald can make people fat. They didn't even try to hide it, they even revealed Red John to early in this season, to even seem like they have a glue on what they are doing at this point.

  • AdamThornton0 Apr 25, 2014

    That's a pity to hear as this season of The Mentalist is the best it's been in years!

  • Uncle-Bryn Apr 25, 2014

    I already liked this show but it got way better after Red John. They should've done it way sooner then it may have had a chance at a few more seasons. Shame.

  • LauraPortaRoy Apr 25, 2014

    I really like the post-Red John The Mentalist, I'll be sorry if it doesn't get at least one more season

  • ElisaDiaz Apr 25, 2014

    I would have liked it to get one more season too.

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