Debuting on the CBS tonight is the new police drama The Mentalist
, starring Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker
. Portraying Patrick Jane, he has to get into the minds of people not by telepathy, but through a keen eye for detail. He uses his razor sharp observation skills to team up with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), while trying to get over his troubled past. With seemingly psychic abilities, Patrick Jane cracks a series of tough high-profile cases starting with tonight's pilot episode.
Audiences are first introduced to the complex life of Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic turned sleuth and CBI independent consultant. The first case he has to handle involves a man and a woman, who have been found dead in their very home. Though many of his colleagues believe they were victims of the serial killer Red John, Patrick thinks otherwise. There's more to what the eye can see, and no one knows this better than The Mentalist.
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Simon Baker, star of this new one-hour drama, has revealed how different the idea will be handled on the series. “On this show, we're trying to focus on finding the truth in the fabric of human nature,” he said during a July interview.
“The human mind is an amazing thing. And what Patrick Jane does with natural abilities is more extraordinary than talking to ghosts,” adds Bruno Heller, creator of the series. He also says that what they're focusing on is the fine line that separates the arguments about psychic abilities. “What's fascinating to me about that world is that the skills that fake psychics use to pretend to be psychic are in many ways more extraordinary and more fascinating than the skills they're faking.”
On tonight's The Mentalist
, we'll get our first look at the Simon Baker and the team. Also starring is Robin Tunney as the no-nonsense Agent Teresa Lisbon, who is both infuriated and reluctantly amazed at the skills of Patrick Jane. Also, the squad is composed of Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), W.yne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and the rookie Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti). You can all see them on a preview clip of the pilot below.