December 16th, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, Gallery

Jane and Lisbon travel to Beirut where they must work with Jane’s familiar adversary Erica Flynn, who agrees to help the FBI apprehend her boyfriend, a courier for terrorist organizations, in exchange for amnesty for her past crimes.

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December 8th, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, Gallery

Lisbon goes undercover as a prison inmate in order to get a convict to turn on her boyfriend, who is the leader of a high-end car theft ring.

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December 7th, 2014 · News

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canoe.ca – Actor Simon Baker feared for his life last Friday when a shark swam past while he was surfing in the Pacific Ocean.

The Mentalist star was taking it easy the day after America’s Thanksgiving holiday, and he went out to catch some waves with a friend in Los Angeles.

However, he told comedienne Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show on Tuesday that he almost had a scary run-in with one of the more unfriendly creatures in the sea.

Baker recalled, “I’m Australian – I drink, I surf – I’m a cliche. But I was out surfing with a mate and literally, I could see the whites of his eyes and he said, ‘Did you see that?’ And I said, ‘What?’ He goes, ‘It just went right underneath us.’ He swears that it was a shark and quite a large shark – he’s not the kind of guy to be dramatic. I just saw the fear in his face.

“I lifted my legs out of the water and started paddling to shore. And obviously as soon as you get scared and you gotta get in (to shore), the swell disappeared and there were no waves at all. It was just flat because otherwise you’re just gonna spin around and just catch a wave as soon as you can. And I like to play things pretty cool but I was like, (to his friend) ‘Stay close to me! Stay close to me! Stay close to me!'”

Baker and his pal made it to shore unscathed.

December 7th, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, News

vcpost.com – “The Mentalist” season 7 will show Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) struggle as they try and fail to hide their budding relationship with both of them wanting to maintain professionalism in the workplace.

Show creator Bruno Heller says that the “Jisbon” relationship will be explored in season 7 after Jane confessed to Lisbon at the end of season 6, but things will not be smooth sailing for the secret couple. According to Ecumenical News, the duo will be investigating a homicide of an undercover agent, and while on the job they will be keeping their private lives separate, and everything between them professional.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Heller shared, “It makes things very difficult for them because they’re both very private, self-contained independent people and have kept a tight control on their emotions at the job. And now they have this wonderful thing between them that they feel obliged to cover up.”

Despite the two not wanting to complicate things in the workplace and trying to hide their relationship, Ecumenical News says that their colleagues will find out soon enough. However, Heller says that a wedding will not be an immediate destination for the two. Season 7 will be more about how Jane and Lisbon becomes a couple and survives as one while working together.

Heller did not give any more details about where “Jisbon” is headed, but he said that the show’s final season will be showing possibilities for everyone. “It’s the same characters, but with life ahead of them-with options, possibilities and joy in their lives,” Heller describes.

Meanwhle, actor Simon Baker seems to have an idea of how the lives in the final season would be changed, saying to TVLine that he wants “a nude sex scene.” However, Baker was quick to say that he was joking. Baker explains, “We are not exploring the obvious side of having a relationship in the workplace but more the pitfalls and speed bumps that you come up against when you know someone so well and then decide to have a relationship with them.”

When the show returns for its 13-episode final season, TVLine shares that questions from season 6’s finale will be answered, such as what exactly Jane is offering to Lisbon after pulling her away from Marcus Pike (Pedro Pascal). According to Breathe Cast, there might be a confrontation between Jane and Pike, and a new challenge in the form of Agent Michelle Vega might enter the scene, with her possibly being a new love interest for Jane.

December 2nd, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, Gallery

Jane and Lisbon decide to keep their new relationship a secret from their colleagues as they investigate the murder of an undercover agent. Also, young, ambitious agent Michelle Vega joins the team.

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November 30th, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, News

TVGuide.com – As The Mentalist prepares to kick off its seventh and final season Sunday, members of the cast and crew say they feel like they have a new show on their hands. First, there’s no will-they-or-won’t-they tension between Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to grapple with, after that steamy kiss in the Season 6 finale. And, for the first time in the show’s history, the Red John storyline will not be lurking in the background.

“Essentially this season is about what happens when life turns out the way you’d hoped it would, when you do have a happy ending,” creator Bruno Heller told reporters on a conference call last week. “What happens after that? Jane and Lisbon have been engaged in this epic journey for six years. … How do you create a different kind of life? And how do you create a different relationship out of a relationship that was borne in the kind of trauma that theirs was? … It’s the last hurrah for the show.”

So, what is in store for Lisbon and Jane? As they navigate the waters of their new relationship, it won’t always be smooth sailing for the couple, executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi tells TVGuide.com.

“They play both the highs and the lows — and there are some lows — in a way that’s absolutely believable,” he says. “It is not a conventional TV rom-com relationship. They play it like two people who are really in love.”

But don’t expect a lot of between-the-sheets action or bodice-ripping passion.

“Season 7 is not 50 Shades of Grey done by The Mentalist,” Tunney promises. “It’s sort of interesting because they’re two people who don’t know how to be in a relationship. They’ve both been alone for such a long time. It’s exploring how two people who are adults, who’ve only been responsible for themselves and haven’t really shared their life with anybody in a long time, feel [as they] explore that intimacy. That it’s uncomfortable.”

Adds Heller: “These two are never going to be Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Both Jane and Lisbon are private, self-contained, protective people. … It’s that kind of filial affection that has turned into something more, which in turn makes the romance that much harder for both characters to negotiate. … You can see they’re made for each other not in a fiery, kind of crazy way, but just in a human, gentle, correct way.”

November 26th, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, News

EW.com – With CBS’ The Mentalist entering its seventh and final season, we spoke to series creator Bruno Heller about what fans expect now that crime-solvers Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) are officially an item, if there’s a wedding in their future, whether the CBS finale will have a true ending, and the odds of the popular detective series having an eighth season afterlife on another network.

EW: In broad strokes, what’s unique about the final season?
BRUNO HELLER: From a professional point of view, we got a chance that’s rarely given in this business to really end the story, to tell the story exactly as we wanted to do, and give you the coda, the happily-ever-after chapter. It was a great move and suggestion on the part of [Warner Bros. TV chief Peter Roth] to end the Red John story [last season] and move on to life after that. What’s different and fun about this season is it’s the same characters, but with life ahead of them—with options, possibilities and joy in their lives. It’s the same Mentalist, but with more sunshine peeping through.


How long after the last scene of the finale does the story pick up?

Couple weeks.

Now that Jane and Lisbon have expressed their true feelings for each other, how does that change things?
Well it makes things very difficult for them because they’re both very private, self-contained independent people and have kept a tight control on their emotions at the job. And now they have this wonderful thing between them that they feel obliged to cover up. They don’t fool many people for long. The next question is: What are we going to do? Do they really want to spend the rest of our lives as homicide detectives? They have conflicting views on that issue and there hangs a lot of the drama.

We’ve been told before with Rigsby and Van Pelt that there are rules against a dating couple working too closely together. Is that an issue here?
That was CBI. Much stricter rules in the California Bureau of Investigation. They’re okay that way. That’s a story point I came up with in season one to stop Rigsby and Van Pelt from making love on the desks and it’s come back every season to bite us on the ass!

There have been rumors of a wedding this year, are fans getting ahead of things?
They’re getting ahead of things. But a wedding is always something to be wished for. It’s certainly a question that arises at different times for both Jane and Lisbon—if they love each other, and they’re living together, then why don’t we get married? I don’t want to give away too much. The season is very much about how do these two people become a couple and work as a couple and still survive as a couple.

Erica Flynn [Morena Baccarin] is returning, that should be interesting given her and Patrick’s history now that he’s with Lisbon.
Yeah that’s a fabulous episode. Morena Baccarin kills it. This is early on in their relationship between Jane and Lisbon when she’s still uncertain about his level of commitment and ability to be a good boyfriend/spouse/husband. And here’s this incredibly suave gorgeous clever woman who’s very much a match for Jane; probably the only woman in the show’s history who was a match for him, and she’s working her wiles on him. And as always with Flynn. she has more than one agenda and more than one plan in process. That’s a really fun episode. And the fun is from Lisbon grappling with the appearance of her character.

That episode also goes to Lebanon—are we spending more time out of Austin this season?
We’re going further afield, if not necessarily spending more time away.

Will any element from the Red John storyline resurface or is that completely put to bed?
It’s put to bed. I don’t want anybody to think we didn’t get the right guy and he’s still running around—because he ain’t. There are story elements that resonate with that story, because something as traumatic as that is never going to leave you alone the rest of your life, but Red John does not come back in that way.

How much of the storytelling is serialized, and how many are stand-alone mysteries in this final run?
It’s the usual mix. Every week—even the finale—there’s a stand-alone story along with the serialized story. It’s less urgent, if you like, because they’re not chasing down a monstrous serial killer.

Any particular crimes you’d like to tease to?
My favorite of the storylines is Jane has to go back to his old psychic tricks. It’s the return of Jane the psychic con man. That’s going to be a fun one.

You always have said in past seasons that you write finales like they could potentially be a series finale, that they could serve either purpose. This time, it sounds like you’re writing one that’s more definitive?
[Spoiler alert] Yeah, absolutely. I would never say never, because it’s such a vibrant character, but the chance to actually end the story is something rarely given in this business, so were taking full advantage of that. It’s the end of this story, but no one dies. Somebody, I won’t tell you who, said, “We should kill them all in a massive explosion.” That’s not going to happen. The great thing about being able to do a final season is it’s a gift, an encore, it’s being able to do all the things people love about the show, all the nuances humor and suspense. We’re trying to make it as classic of a season of The Mentalist as we can.

There’s always the potential of the show being shopped to another network. What are your feelings about that? Would Simon be up for that? Or do you think this is it?
It’s possible. This is a business. And it’s been such a wonderful part of my life and Simon and Robin and [co-star Tim Kang’s] life. No one involved is walking away and throwing down the mike and saying, “F–k y’all, I’m done with this.” It’s been a remarkably happy experience. There’s no reason why it couldn’t continue. But when you’ve done seven years and have an end date, people concentrate on that. For the audience it’s important to give a sense of closure. To a degree, it’s up to Simon. and I’d do whatever Simon wants to do.

So you guys haven’t talked about it?
Oh, we talk about all sorts of things…

The Mentalist final season premieres Sunday, Nov. 30 on CBS.

November 26th, 2014 · 'The Mentalist', Films, News

CarterMatt.com – While you may be waiting for a week still to see the season 7 premiere of “The Mentalist” on the air, the good news right now is that you don’t have to wait that long to see the latest sneak peek!

If you look below, you can see what is the first little shred of proof that things could be changing between Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) in the wake of the two finally starting that long-awaited relationship. You see, Jane has this habit of figuring out things when it comes to a case, and then not saying anything about it until he has just about figured it out. This means that the other characters are so occupied trying to chase him down that they are not able to focus on much else.

Well, this new season could be about something so much more than that! In this new preview, you can see Jane and Lisbon actually talk out a case, and he tells her everything that he is working on. Basically, it is their way of being romantic on the job, since at the time the premiere airs, nobody knows that they are together. This means that we’re not going to be seeing much in the way of PDA on the job.

This episode really is just a couple of weeks after the two started their relationship in the finale, so be prepared to wait for a little while to see what happens when it comes to real, substantial relationship progress.

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