Nine will premiere one of its key US acquisitions at 8:30pm Sunday October 5th.
Aussie Simon Baker stars as an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation, a concept not so dissimilar to Psych. He is joined by Robin Tunney from Prison Break. It is created by Bruno Heller who co-created Rome.
The CBS drama has just aired in the US in the last 24 hours.
Nine will air the NRL Grand Final on the same date, which kicks off at 5pm from ANZ Stadium, bound to give the show a good lead-in and promotion.
Australia’s Simon Baker (The Guardian, The Devil Wears Prada) stars in America’s number one new show, THE MENTALIST. After debuting with a massive audience of more than 15 million in the United States THE MENTALIST will premiere on Nine on Sunday, October 5 at 8.30pm.
THE MENTALIST is a crime drama from David Nutter (Supernatural, Without a Trace) which centres on Patrick Jane (Baker), a well-known former television psychic who is now an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. The CBI uses his very real abilities as a “mentalist” to solve crimes.
As a mentalist, Jane applies highly developed skills of observation, deduction and manipulation to aid the CBI’s Serious Crimes Unit.
THE MENTALIST also stars Robin Tunney (Empire Records, The Craft, Prison Break) as no-nonsence Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon.
Lisbon’s team includes Tim Kang (The Forgotten, Two Weeks Notice) as agent Kimball Cho, Owain Yeoman (Troy, The Nine) as Wayne Rigsby and Amanda Righetti (The O.C., Return to House on Haunted Hill) as rookie Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane is a loose cannon but admire his charm and incredible ability for clearing up cases.
Within the CBI, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he has feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough, high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging his usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous absence of boundaries.
In the premiere episode Jane, Lisbon and her team investigate the double murder of a pro golfer’s wife and her doctor in Palm Springs which has the hallmarks of a serial killer with a personal connection to Jane.
THE MENTALIST: Premiering Sunday, October 5 at 8.30pm on Channel Nine
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