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Is ‘The Mentalist’ Moving to a New Network?

 

Is ‘The Mentalist’ Moving to a New Network?

 

Will Simon Baker’s Patrick Jane be moving to a new network? With ‘The Mentalist’s renewal status in limbo, it looks like that just might be a possibility.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the CBS drama currently in its sixth season, is “quietly” shopping around the series to other networks. Reportedly, TNT (which sporadically shows ‘Mentalist’ reruns), ION and ABC are considering picking up the Bruno Heller show.

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The question of ‘The Mentalist’s future isn’t a new topic, as fans wondered if the show could survive without the major story arc of Red John, which is now dead and buried. Where can this type of show go without Jane hunting down the man responsible for the deaths of his wife and daughter?Furthermore, with the series jumping ahead two years, getting rid of the CBI and moving the characters to the FBI, and having Grace (Amanda Righetti) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) exit the series, it seems like an entirely new show, one which fans either love or hate.

‘The Mentalist’ still pulls in a built-in average of 11 million viewers, is the No.1 scripted series in France and even commands a high price for its off-network repeats, but with CBS having so many other successful shows (‘The Good Wife,’ ‘NCIS’, ‘Big Bang’), the network could easily ax the series.

So, if a new network does grab the 'The Mentalist,' leading man Baker has a deal lasting for only one more season, meaning the potential new network would have to renegotiate a new deal.


Details
Person:
- Simon Baker
- Bruno Heller
Show:
- The Mentalist
Network:
- CBS

Written by: akoerner
Apr 25th, 2014, 12:17 am

Images courtesy of CBS

AgentLisbonSuperFan

Message Posted On Jun 20th, 2014, 8:16 pm
Hats off to the screenwriters/producers/director for bringing in the FBI & other actors into the mix! I was wondering what would come next after tying up the Red John loose-end, so well done for this great idea for keeping us viewers interested :) Good luck for season 7.
lockjaw

Level 2 (20%)
Since: 20/Feb/08
Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2014, 2:19 pm

The main character has become too complacent. The show needs to present a new long story arc making Jane once again the linchpin. Perhaps someone from his "mentalist" past could be seeking revenge or maybe drop Jane undercover into some evil criminal enterprise. If they don't do something I doubt this show will survive even the trip to another network.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2014, 5:04 am
Bring back the magic and mind reading brilliance that this show once had. Maybe one of Red John's minions could kick Jane up the arse to revitalize the show. I still like it but I wish it would get back to being a clever detective show.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2014, 1:42 am
Piece of crap show. Red john tie up was the absolute worst. It's like everyone got drunk and considered that the coolest bit of showmanship ever. It totally fails to use any mentalist trickery anymore. Should rename it, Some guy who once had a talent but now stumbles through crime for an hour. When is Lisbon coming out of that closet? Long overdue.
Libra401373

Level 2 (46%)
Points: 27.9
Since: 21/Mar/13
Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2014, 1:29 am

i will watch no matter what network airs it as long as they don't cut it down to 10 or 15 episodes

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