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bodyandsoul.com.au – As his time on the hit show The Mentalist draws to a close, Aussie golden boy Simon Baker talks about the key to his success and happiness: family

It’s a well-documented fact that having solid relationships contributes to a long and healthy life. And love? Being surrounded and supported by it is one of the greatest keys to happiness. Based on that, actor Simon Baker is looking well-placed right about now. To say this is a man who values family above all else feels like an understatement.

“It will feel so good to be able to spend more time at home,” he says of his plans for life after The Mentalist, the seventh and final season of which will air in the US in early 2015, with Australia to follow. “More than anything I want to dedicate my time to my family,” he adds.

Baker, 45, is dad to daughter Stella, 21, and sons Claude, 16, and Harry, 13 – and has been with his wife, Australian actress Rebecca Rigg, for more than 20 years. He calls his kids his “pride and joy” and talks about how meaningful it is for him to “see them happy and growing up to be individuals who have a good outlook on life”.

As for his wife, she’s “the greatest woman any man could ever hope to make a life with”, he says, adding that “marrying her was the best decision I ever made”.

How kids helped his career
Baker was 24 when Stella was born, so he already had a young family when he moved to the US in the late 1990s to carve out an acting career. While he admits the pressure to provide was “worrying” to him earlier in his life, he considers his family as the key to his success in the industry, rather than an impediment.

“When we arrived, I had a child and responsibilities. As a result, I viewed the concept of success as being able to provide for my family,” he told GQ Australia earlier this year. “To achieve this, I had to deliver consistent performances, be professional on and off set… my circumstances have never allowed me to be selfish and that’s contributed to the success we’ve had in America. There was no time when I was just working for my own ends and this made a huge difference.”

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Examiner.com – Fans of “The Mentalist” are excited to hear that Patrick Jane and Agent Teresa Lisbon are returning to CBS to start solving crimes earlier than expected. Originally it was presumed that the series would return in early 2015, but the date has been pushed up with the new date at the end of November. According to the Daily Digest News on Friday, “The Mentalist” was renewed for a seventh season despite struggling to maintain ratings in a competitive Sunday night slot.

Fans of Simon Baker, who plays Patrick Jane, can hardly wait to see him back in action. His character is a consultant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who has convinced Teresa Lisbon to join him. Adding a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor-sharp skills of observation, Jane always seems to find the real culprit in every crime.

The show’s fans were exceptionally loyal last season when the show could have been cancelled without one more season. Making their voice heard, the viewers seemed to give CBS one more reason to keep Patrick Jane around. CBS confirmed the upcoming seventh season of “The Mentalist” will be the last.

The sad news (but expected) is this season is the series finale the show and the story needs to end. While there are rumors that “The Mentalist” is looking for a new network, so far fans haven’t heard if this gossip is real or fake. According to Christian Today on Saturday, TNT is airing reruns of “The Mentalist,” which means that the network is already a good bet for being the next home of Patrick Jane and the rest of the cast (if the show decides to move to a new network.)

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Inquirer.com – LOS ANGELES—Is it really the last season of “The Mentalist”? “Am I actually allowed to say what I think?” Simon Baker asked aloud in reply to the question du jour in a recent chat in West Hollywood. “It hasn’t been announced. I’m still shooting. I was shooting last night until 11 o’clock.”

At 45, Simon has retained his boyish good looks. The glasses and tousled hair complement the Australian actor’s easygoing charm, especially when he smiles. And he grins a lot.

Simon was dressed casually in a dark blue shirt, with sleeves rolled up, and jeans. There are reports that the seventh season will be his last as Patrick Jane, the California Bureau of Investigation independent consultant who solves crimes with his uncanny observational powers. The show has won Simon a legion of rabid followers.

Also in the cast of the beloved series that airs on CBS in the United States are Robin Tunney (who plays Teresa Lisbon), Tim Kang (who hinted in a series of tweets that the coming season is the last one), Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti. The show earned a dedicated fan base which followed Simon’s Patrick as he searched, for several years, the serial killer Red John, who murdered his (Patrick’s) wife and daughter.

“My opinion?” he asked aloud again. He turned to the Warner Bros. Television publicists in the room. Simon teased the publicists with his killer smile as he mulled his answer: “Look at those guys shaking their heads, getting worried and their faces are all red.”

Interesting season
The Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee began his answer: “The experience that we had last year, in the last season—it was really interesting because you have the arc of what a story is and what the story should be. Then you have the idea of the business outside of that, of whether it will continue or whether the story is finished.

“If you ask me, the original story that we started off with and laid out in the pilot episode many years ago—that story finished probably around the end of the second season. When was Bradley Whitford (in the show as a man who convinced Patrick he was Red John but was not)? Like third season? I don’t know. They all blend into one.

“Then we picked up another thread of the story. It became less about seeking revenge and more about the dynamics of a relationship (between Patrick and Teresa). That thread closed itself—pretty perfectly, I thought—at the end of last season. Now, what we’re really doing is trying to find a way that you can work with that story to continue it along.

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CarterMatt.com – If “The Mentalist” is in fact ending this season, there are not many people out there who want you to know for certain.

In a new post on Twitter from Australian publication TV Week (see below), Simon Baker would not confirm whether or not season 7 would indeed be the last. We’ve been saying for the past few weeks that it will be, mostly because of a series of tweets that Tim Kang (Cho) sent out earlier this year. We’ve also included one of those below, as well, for good measure.

So what is going on here? We suspect that this is a situation similar to what “Hart of Dixie” went through recently, when many cast members felt strongly that they were approaching the final season of the show, but at the same time, the network had not confirmed it 120%. Maybe if “The Mentalist” blows many other shows out of the water in the ratings, it has a chance to stick around. What we will say is that CBS isn’t exactly pitching a perfect nine innings right now. “CSI” is not doing any better in its old timeslot, “Madam Secretary” is disappointing in the 18-49 demographic, and “Hawaii Five-0? and “The Amazing Race” are both tanking on Friday nights. Also, new series “Stalker” is middling at best. If this show can prove to perform better than some of these, maybe there’s a slight chance.

Still, we feel like the best philosophy to ultimately have here is to go into this upcoming season not expecting anything more than what we’re getting, and then being pleasantly surprised in the end if things start to change.

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Hallels.com – The popular police procedural TV series, ‘The Mentalist’, continues as its season seven is yet to come. According to the International Business Times, the premiere date of the season seven is still unknown and many of its fans are excited to know about what would happen with their favorite characters, Patrick Jane, played by Simon Baker, and Teresa Lisbon, portrayed by Robin Tunney, in the forthcoming season.

In several tweets of Tim Kang, who plays as Kimball Cho, a popular character in the series, teased fans of the season seven that it will be the last of CBS hit drama series and also tweeted that it will going to be awesome.

Recently, he also spilled some spoilers about the final episode of ‘The Mentalist’ season seven and wrote that he will do his best to document the last season, which hints that series may air this January 2015.

“Nothing But Blue Skies” is the title of the first episode, which will be followed by two consecutive episodes entitled “The Greybar Hotel” as well as “Orange Blossom Ice Cream.”

Rumors are also spread regarding the direction of Simon Baker of some episodes of the thirteen episode for the final season of the created series of Bruno Heller.

The season six’s finale is said to be the happiest for fans whose long wait has ended with romantic kiss between Lisbon and Jane after the former broke the security of airport to enter the plane of Lisbon just to tell her how much he really love her.

According to Baker in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the transition to FBI has given them the room to structure the story to explore the potential for romance between Lisbon and Jane. The Lisbon’s threat parting a way has also given its due and will be played out properly.

There are also reports that the new FBI rookie, Michelle Vega, will be part of the couple’s relationship, which would create a love triangle.

The episode of the season seven premiere opens two weeks after the kiss of Lisbon and Jane and it’ll be interesting to see their new chemistry as couple in the show.

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Hallels.com – The Mentalist season 6 ended just pretty well for both of its lead actors – Simon Baker as Patrick Jane and Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon. So where does Red John enter from this?

The Mentalist Season 7 of the series will pick up two weeks from the season 6 finale where Lisbon and Jane’s long awaited kiss finally happened. Though there are still some things that needs solving, show creator Bruno Heller hints out that there will be a perfect ending that will pass through a rough road for them.

There is also going to be a new member of Jane’s team, an FBI rookie named Michelle Vega played by Emily Swallow. Aside from new characters, some also will return such as Dennis Abbott (Rockman Dunbar) to reunite with his former special agent boss Dylan Baker from ‘The Good Wife’ as Bill Peterson.

The Mentalist Season 7 episode guide has been confirmed. Some of it are the first, second and third. The Mentalist season 7 episode 1 is entitled “Nothing but Blue Skies” followed by “The Greybar Hotel” and “Orange Blossom Ice Cream”. Simon Baker was reported to direct some episodes of the last season which was hinted to be the season’s fourth episode.

Early in May, CBS confirmed the renewal of the series for its seventh season consisting of 13 episodes. The mentalist season 7 will premiere sometime in the mid-season of 2015 without a release date being confirmed yet.

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TVGuide.com – The sixth season of CBS’ The Mentalist marked a turning point for the show, wrapping up the Red John story line and subsequently jumping ahead two years.

In this behind-the-scenes clip from the Season 6 DVD set, which hits shelves on Sept. 30, the show’s cast and creators discuss the decision to have Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) finally kill his nemesis.

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“Rather than play games anymore, it felt like the audience was ready for a definitive statement,” says creator Bruno Heller.

Adds Baker: “We’d gone with this story line for so long. I really felt like we’d played it out.”

Actor Tim Kang, who plays Cho, recently confirmed via Twitter that the show’s upcoming seventh season would be its last.

Check out additional commentary in the video below, exclusive to TVGuide.com:

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Australiantimes.co.uk – The Forbes list placed Australian Simon Baker of The Mentalist at number 6 on its, male-dominated, actors list of Top 10 television earners.

This means that our Simon still earns more than The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons. Parsons this week scooped up his 4th Emmy for his role as The Big Bang Theory’s eccentric genius Sheldon Cooper.

Ashton Kutcher, star of Two and a Half Men, scooped the #1 earner title yet again, topping Forbes’ annual list with his estimated $26 million earnings between June 2013 and June 2014.

Jon Cryer and Mark Hormon shared the second spot; each earning US$19 million while Neil Patrick Harris placed third with estimated earnings of US$18 million.

Kevin Spacey and Grey’s Anatomy lead Patrick Dempsey took fourth position on the list with an annual earning of US$16 million.

Veteran TV funny man Tim Allen placed at number five by banking US$15 million earnings.

Simon Baker took 6th place, thanks to income generated from his work on The Mentalist and endorsement contracts with both Givenchy and Longines.

Emmy favourite Jim Parsons was next at #7, bagging US$12 million for his role as Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory.

Hot on Parson’s heels were Jason Segel and Johnny Galecki who secured joint eighth place with US$11 million each.

It seems that Charlie Sheen’s star is fading but he still managed a three-way tie with Jon Hamm and Josh Radno, all of who had earned US$10 million.

Last on the list is How I met Your Mother’s Bryan Cranston, with $8 million.

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