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... 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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AIRED ON 2/18/2015

Season 7 : Episode 13

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Please get The Mentalist renewed!
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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?

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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.
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That's a pity to hear as this season of The Mentalist is the best it's been in years!
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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.
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I really like the post-Red John The Mentalist, I'll be sorry if it doesn't get at least one more season
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I would have liked it to get one more season too.
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Good for Smith, she was fired in the worst way from that project. BUT, it's not like her books were that great. To be honest, her Secret Circle books were a million times better than her Vampire Diaries books, which are incredibly dated now (the first four being written in the late 80's/early 90's). So, she should probably just leave that one go.

Y'know Neil, I hear what you're saying about loving the ending, but I'm not buying it. You're not selling it. I'd say they were all paid to say how great the ending was. But we all know they're lying!!
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i'm not from there. but i can see why him not using his natural voice for a commerical there would piss people off. either way it's a show i love. and regardless if you like the show or not. it's always nice when a show HAS an ending. ya know?
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People who watch free to air tv in Australia & New Zealand have been crying for the mentalist to go the way of all past their use by date tv shows for 2 years now,
Every time there is an ad break, up pops Simon Baker in full mentalist drag (grey 3 piece, no tie, blue dress shirt) touting the virtues of one of the least ethical banks in that part of the world.

Adding insult to injury, Baker, who is Australian and in real life speaks with an Oz accent, speaks in his Mentalist ersatz California accent while spruiking up the banksters.

One of the most aggravating series of commercials in a medium (TV commercials) where aggravating is de rigeur.
If the mentalist ends surely the bank will be forced to stop the torture.
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So if The Mentalist doesn't get renewed or moved to another network, it becomes another long-running show that ends without wrapping up all its story lines?! Thank you TV world. Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time consuming your products.

I'm not saying that The Mentalist shouldn't end soon, maybe it even should have done so already, but it really does need one more season to finish the open story lines. Maybe just 13 episodes would be enough for that.
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The writers of The Mentalist don't have intention to wrap up anything - they deserve this show to be canceled.
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I doubt this has anything to do with writers... I would point more at producers and business people taking the decissions. It's normal that writers and other stuff move to new jobs if they don't see their contracts renewed.
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i hope the mentalist isn't cancelled. but if it does i hope at least we get an actual ending and no damn cliff-hanger ending! let them tell the producers, show runner etc.. know ahead of time so they can have time to film it, of use it if one was shot.
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Cool to see The Mentalist look for another home. It's still doing well, just victim of a network with limited shelf space. If it were one of the shows I like I'd be pissed.
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The LJ Smith books were terrible! I remember reading a scene where Elena floated everywhere and they had to tie her to the back of the car with a length of string and she floated behind it in the air like a balloon!! I remember thinking WTF?? and stopped reading. The books only picked up after the ghost writer took over, which I only read because it was a ghost writer. I love TVD but all the good stuff is credit to the TV writers and not the original books. Stephan's diary's is also a great book series, not written by LJ smith.
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I read the first book when the TV series was first announced. Aaaaaaaannd then I threw it in the fire because it was garbage.
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I remember reading a scene where Elena floated everywhere and they had to tie her to the back of the car with a length of string and she floated behind it in the air like a balloon!!

Really? I'm sold, actually.
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It's a shame about The Mentalist. It should've closed off the Red John story when they had Bradley Whitford's excellently creepy portrayal and then gone with this new FBI setup from there. The new setup feels fairly fresh to me but they've left it too late. I'm going to miss it.
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truly agree with you. Bradley whitford has played the character to the intensity it require and the death was as real as it can be, full of emotions required for the scene. Xander berkley was a good option for the real red john but he never got the opportunity for the job to play it out.
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After the Red John incident, I really saw no more hope for The Mentalist. As Safibwana says, Psych knockoff. It was okay for a time, but the Red John case lasted too long and now that that part is over, TM doesn't have anyplace to go.
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burn it with fire. the world never needed a serious psych knockoff in the first place
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You do realise that The Mentalist started before Psych?
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Stop giving me a thumbs up people, I was wrong! Misread the dates!
Sorry @safibwana
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Erm, Psych started in 2006 and just finished with it's 8th season. The Mentalist started in 2008 and is on it's 6th season...

Psych started first
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First of all i like to say hi to the TV.com community.This is officially my first post here so i just wanted to greet all the members and the amazing staff.

As far as your response goes dude it's completely untrue.Safibwana is correct and you can verify this also with just a 10 sec google search on both shows,and you will see that Psych has debuted on July 7,2006 and The Mentalist debuted on September 23,2008 2 full years after Psych.I also thought when i first saw The Mentalist that is a serious version of Psych,and have an image in my head about the showrunner pitching this to the network:
Showrunner: "Guys i have an idea for a great show. "
Network guy: "What is it?"
Showrunner: "Well the show will be about a guy who can deduce all kinds of stuff around him just by looking at them."
Network guy: "You mean like Psych?Will that kinda be like the same show"
Showrunner:" No,no,no.This will be a serious show with FBI agents and the main character will be a handsome australian surfer looking blond dude with a tragic past,and we will constantly have a close shots of his face with those green piercing eyes."
Network guy:"SOLD.Welcome aboard guys."

Well that is it from my first post guys,hope to linger in the community for the years to come.Cheers.
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Oops, I miss read it! I take it back.
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Welcome! Hi!

To add to the Psych and Mentalist discussion: aren't they both just updated versions of Sherlock Holmes? I personally preferred the comedy of Psych to the serious business of the Mentalist, but neither series was necessarily 100 percent original.
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I don't remember Sherlock Holmes ever pretending to have a supernatural power? I could be wrong.
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Well i absolutely agree,and as far as tv shows goes you will always find something derivative from some book,or a comic or maybe even some older show,so the subject of complete originality will always come up.You can even look at Psych as a comedic re-imagining of the Sherlock Holmes duo,Shawn as Sherlock and Gus as Watson,so it is not surprising why Psych found itself a loyal following and i am not ashamed to admit that i was one of them:) I personally couldn't get into The Mentalist because i saw it like a mash-up of Psych and an older show named Profiler(don't know if anybody watched or even remember that show),with those standard procedural elements along with the main antagonist(Red John) who was very similar to the antagonist in Profiler-Jack(in my opinion)and the show just didn't draw me in.And Psych offered that fresh comedic view on a often very linear genre(the procedural) so that was it for me.
Cheers.
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The Mentalist pilot first aired Sept 2008 and Psych pilot was July of 2006.
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