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The Mentalist: Season 1 - Preview

The Mentalist, Season 1

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOW independent consultant Patrick Jane, as he embarks on a series of crime solving quests, in the critically acclaimed US drama The Mentalist, available on Monday, March 8 courtesy of Warner Home Video.

Patrick Jane played by Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker (Devil Wears Prada, The Guardian), who works with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation.

Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a former psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he faked. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.

However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon, played by Robin Tunney (Empire Records, Prison Break), openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries.

Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and rookie member Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for solving cases.

Throughout the series Jane uses his mentalist skills to crack a number of complex murder cases including a wealthy banker who is found murdered inside his locked safe house, a school girl who’s body mysteriously washes up on the beach and even a crime where his former psychiatrist is the prime subject.

The series was created by Bruno Heller (Rome) with a pilot directed by Emmy® winner David Nutter (The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, The X-Files), and broadcast on FIVE earlier this year.