Fall TV 2008: "The Mentalist" Isn't Psychic, He Just Plays One on TV
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If the heroine of "The Ex List" had gone to former celebrity psychic Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), she might have gotten an answer she was looking for. The hero of "The Mentalist" (CBS, Sept. 23, 9 pm) has come clean that he was never really psychic, but is using his seemingly paranormal powers of observation to help the California Bureau of Investigation solve grisly crimes. It's just like "Psych," but not intentionally funny!
Jane's methods are unorthodox--he skulks around crime scenes without an escort and fearlessly lies to suspects--and put him at odds with no-nonsense agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, above left) and very religious newbie Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti).
In the pilot, Jane and the team take on a double murder in Palm Springs that looks to be the work of a nasty serial killer--but is it really? You don't need to be clairvoyant to know this is more than an open-and-shut case.