Tuesday, January 31, 2012

|SPOILER| 4.18 - Ruddy Cheeks - 2


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Guest starring is Helen Braddock, who is a cancer victim and is devastated at the murder of her also cancer suffering husband.

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Source: Spoiler TV.

|PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS| 4.16 - His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts

"His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts" - Jane and Lisbon Robin Tunney are reunited with cult leader Bret Stiles (Malcolm McDowell), when the head of an anti-cult activist organization is murdered, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Feb. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.





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Source: SEAT42F.

|PRESS RELEASE| 4.14 - At First Blush

JANE TRIES TO HELP PROVE THE INNOCENCE OF A WOMAN WHO IS CURRENTLY ON TRIAL FOR MURDER, ON "THE MENTALIST," THURSDAY, FEB. 9

Diane Farr ("Numb3rs") Guest Stars as Amy Barron, the Accused. Murderer’s Best Friend Samaire Armstrong ("Dirty Sexy Money") Guest Stars as Summer Edgecombe, an Undercover Informant Who Helps Cho with an Investigation.

"At First Blush" — While a jury deliberates the guilt or innocence of a defendant on trial for murder, Jane tries to prove she has been wrongfully accused before time runs out. Meanwhile, Summer may have gone too far when she helps Cho make a case against a suspect, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Feb. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

SERIES REGULARS:

Patrick Jane ................................. Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon ............................ Robin Tunney
Kimball Cho ...................................... Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby ......................... Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt ...................... Amanda Righetti

GUEST CAST:

Samaire Armstrong ............................ Summer
David Norona ................. ADA Osvaldo Ardilles
Bonnie Somerville ....................... Eve Mulberry
Ian Kahn .................................. Peter Mulberry
Diane Farr .................................... Amy Barron
Carrie Wiita ............................. Gretchen Zahn
James Frain ................................ Terry Murphy
Robert Clotworthy ................. Rudolph Pulaski
Sara Botsford ................ Judge Isley Markman
Michael Kagan .............................. Patrick Offit
Nicole J. Butler ....................................... Bailiff
Kathryn Joosten ...................... Gloria Williams
Carlos Sanz ............................. Det. Dan Silva
Victor Alfieri .................................. Carlos Ruiz
Rick Chambers ............................ Reporter #1
Diane Mizota .............................. Reporter #2

WRITTEN BY: David Applebaum
DIRECTED BY: Roxann Dawson

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Source: CBS Press Express.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

|INTERVIEW| Celebrity Interview: Tim Kang

Tim Kang.
Now in its fourth season, CBS's hit drama The Mentalist keeps bringing the win as a cocky, brilliant former psychic, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), helps the California Bureau of Investigation solve the toughest crimes with a flair for the dramatic. Jane's team mates sometimes have to play baby-sitter to his extravagant actions, but in the end, they usually get their man.

Tim Kang has appeared in everything from The Office to AT&T commercials before landing a spot as the stoic king of dead-pan snark, Agent Kimball Cho on The Mentalist. We caught up with Tim to talk about his character this season and to see if anything's new in the world of "Cho-business."

Is there anything special happening with Cho coming up?

"Well, he's starting to develop a bit of a relationship with Summer, but we really haven't gotten into the meat of it yet, but we're definitely setting it up this season. It's been a lot of fun. Samaire Armstrong is awesome to work with and we'll definitely be seeing more of her."

Yeah, speaking of Summer, what's that relationship all about? Is it romantic, is it platonic?

[laughs] "I think that's one of the things I really love about playing this character, it's kind of up to you to decide. It's not a completely and totally obvious thing. Like Rigsby's love for Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) – it's really kinda shoved down your throat. But with Cho, he plays his cards a little bit closer to the vest. I think the fans dig that too."

Will the fact that Cho covered for Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) with regard to his job come back to bite Cho in the ass later?

"Well, time is always an issue as far as how much time we can devote to the A story as opposed to the B story. But I believe that we will see the repercussions of that event down the line. It's something that's always in the back pocket of the writers. It's funny that you mention that because I did talk to some of the writers about that particular event and it's still on their radar. We may yet see some consequences of that."

What interested you about Cho when you took this role? What do you look for in a role?

"As far as for me as an actor, if the role is well written. It doesn't have to be dramatic, if a comedic piece is interesting to me I'll do it. I'll do short film; I'll do a student film. If I read a script and I like it, I'll do it. We, as actors, search for material that engages us in some way. This character [Cho] didn't start out the way the he is now, originally. For example, Cho started out as a family man: father of two, kinda of schlepy, bookworm. He still is a bookworm, any free time he has he breaks open a good book. Some of the stuff I kept, and other stuff I tossed wholesale. I wanted to keep the bookwormy, schlepy aspects. That's where Cho's short sleeves came from. I wanted to keep a realism to it and it always rubbed me the wrong way when I see these cop shows and these guys show up in Prada suits. You're on a cop's salary; you can't afford $5,000 suits! When I thought of book worm, I thought of NASA scientists with their short sleeves and pocket protectors and thought, yeah, let's put him in short sleeves like that. But that doesn't mean that Cho can't take care of a situation, physically, though. It's a nice marriage to two worlds with Cho, where normally in network television, we see one or the other."

[As an aside, Cho in a pocket protector would be ten kinds of awesome!]

What would you like to see happen with Cho down the road, development-wise?

"I would love to see family. I'd love to see where [Cho] came from. In the backstory that I developed for him in season one, some of that is precluded by the fact that some of his family members are dead. This is all stuff that I came up with, so obviously, sometimes, they keep what I've come up with and sometimes they don't."

They give you some leeway with scripts when you get them?

"Absolutely. The only genre that is consistently anal about sticking word-for-word to the lines is theater. In TV we sorta thrive and enjoy the riffing and the ad libs. It might take you out of the story, but it’s fun to watch."

About Red John – Is Cho an "ends justify the means" kind of guy and help Jane kill Red John, or would he be more like Lisbon, bringing him to justice alone?

"Is Cho an "ends justify the means" kind of guy? Yeah, when it comes to Red John, I think that's how he'd do it. In the beginning, like in Season 1, it seemed like Cho was this robotic, stick-to-the-rules-no-matter-what kind of guy, but as we come to learn that for Cho it's more about justice. And if we're just going to serve justice just for the sake of following the letter of the law, then Cho doesn't operate like that. He's very much an independent thinker, which goes along with his military background. Green Berets don't just march to the beat of the same drum, which makes them good at being special operators. If he sees something that is completely wrong, but falls in the letter of the law, he disagrees. But yeah, I think if we find anything out about Red John that's a little more direct than what we have, then yeah, I think the "ends justify the means" is a perfect way of thinking of it for him."

Any plans for the hiatus?

"I like to spend hiatus doing the things that I enjoy doing. Especially this hiatus, it's going to be spending time with family, mainly."

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|SPOILER| Casting News

By Matt Webb Mitovich

I've got some exclusive casting details from the CBS procedural, and Part 1 involves another appearance by cult leader Bret Stiles, played by the always entertaining Malcolm McDowell. He will be in a sweeps episode airing Feb. 23 and also guest-starring CSI alumna Louise Lombard as the Dean of a college associated with the Visualize Cult. The CBI crew will question Lombard's character when a student's brother is found murdered.



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Source: TV|Line.

|PRESS RELEASE| 4.15 - War of the Roses

A WOMAN JANE HELPED SEND TO PRISON NOW CLAIMS TO HAVE INFORMATION ON A CASE THE CBI IS INVESTIGATING, ON "THE MENTALIST," THURSDAY, FEB. 16

Morena Baccarin (“Homeland”) Returns as Erica Flynn.

"War of the Roses" — When a charity worker is killed, Jane has Erica Flynn, a murderer he helped imprison, furloughed in exchange for information she claims to have about the case. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Sarah try to adjust to impending parenthood, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Feb. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Morena Baccarin ("Homeland") reprises her role as Erica Flynn.

SERIES REGULARS:

Patrick Jane ................................. Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon ............................ Robin Tunney
Kimball Cho ...................................... Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby ......................... Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt ...................... Amanda Righetti

GUEST STARS:

Michael Rady ..................... Luthor Wainwright
Morena Baccarin ............................ Erica Flynn
Jillian Bach .............................. Sarah Harrigan
Joe Spano ...................................... Greg Relin
Ian Bohen ............................. Richard Eldridge
Felix Ryan .............................. Trent Matthews
Michael Arden ............................... Evan Kress
Christine Garver ...................... Natalie Gibecki
Greg Serano ............................... Dion Warren
Marisa Ramirez ..................... Sharon Vasquez
Susan Slome ....................................... Atoosa
Kent Schocknek ........................... Newscaster
Jay Pickett ................................ Cuffed lawyer
Robert Catrini ........................ Warden Haines
Joe Gerety .............................. Officer Hopkins
Joe Thornton, Jr. ................. Correction officer
John Troy Donovan ........................... CBI Ron
Sean McClay ............................. Agent McClay

WRITTEN BY: Ken Woodruff
DIRECTED BY: Geary McLeod

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Source: CBS Press Express.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

|SPOILER| 4.18 - Ruddy Cheeks


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Episode 4.18 of The Mentalist will be called "Ruddy Cheeks". Written by Erika Green.

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Source: Spoiler TV & @mentalistwriter.

|SPOILER| Simon Baker takes YOUR questions in the Spoiler Room

Click on the image to watch the video.


Usually, it would take a stronger person than myself to resist the charms of Simon Baker. But I was able to compose myself enough to bring to you this special Mentalist-centric episode of Spoiler Room: Video Edition.

In it, Baker, who was in town on a frigid New York morning, takes some of your burning questions, like what’s coming up for Patrick Jane and Lisbon and whether or not he thinks Lisbon will find herself in Red John’s crosshairs this season.







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Source: EW.com.

|PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS| 4.15 - War of The Roses

"War of the Roses" - When a charity worker is killed, Lisbon and Jane have Erica Flynn, a murderer he'd helped imprison years ago, furloughed in exchange for information she claims to have about the case, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Feb. 16.




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Source: SEAT42F.

Friday, January 20, 2012

|SPOILER| Simon Baker teases Morena Baccarin's return


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The Feb. 16 episode of The Mentalist will find Patrick Jane once again coming face to face with matchmaker (and troublemaker) Morena Baccarin, who co-stars on Showtime’s Homeland. And when he does, Simon Baker tells me that we’ll get a chance to see an interesting, rarely-seen side of Jane. “I really like the human side of [Patrick Jane] and the human trauma and drama of it all,” he says. “We often get very frivolous and use the cheap gag/crime of the week stuff. But there’s an element to this character that’s very human. He’s also a very lonely character. We don’t really explore that very often, but it underpins him. It was interesting to bring her back because in the episode we did, there was a chemistry between the two characters. They were both deceptive characters and they enjoyed that in each other. And so to bring her back, there’s a bit more friction between the two of them that could potentially open things up for the Jane character.”

Another case we might not have seen the last of? The one from two weeks ago that saw Jane framing the grieving father of a victim. “We’re about to shoot an episode right now that plays into that episode,” says Baker. “It’s interesting because our show is a crime procedural but this year, we’ve tried to play around outside that element and have a story that [recurs] every 2-3 episodes but also have stand-alones as well.”

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Source: EW.com.

|PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS| 4.14 - At First Blush


"At First Blush" - While a jury deliberates the guilt or innocence of a defendant on trial for murder, Jane and Lisbon try to prove she has been wrongfully accused before time runs out, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Feb. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.




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Source: TV.com.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

|INTERVIEW| Simon Baker talks Patrick Jane's mob encounter

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Patrick Jane has been struggling to keep his wits in recent episodes of The Mentalist. With Red John still at large, the widower has proved he's increasingly willing to make questionable decisions in order to keep his secret, which he has thus far only shared with Lisbon (Robin Tunney). But star Simon Baker is enjoying the ride into the darker parts of Jane's psyche. "It's always difficult when you're on a show that goes for more than a year or a couple of years. This is our fourth season [and] I'm always looking for things that are interesting and different that I can exploit within the character," says Baker, who stopped by EW this week to preview the rest of the season and give EW a special clip of tonight's episode. And if they're able to take him into these different paths and avenues, it makes it more refreshing for me."

And refreshing for the 14 million-plus viewers who tune in every week, he says. "It feels to me a little bit that, here's a guy who is likable and empathetic and he's slowly turning to the dark side and maybe less empathetic and that's an interesting journey for the audience."

Tonight's episode, however, will deal slightly less Jane's issues and more with an immediate issue: The CBI's investigation into the death of a mob man's son. And while Baker admits he most enjoys the episodes that center on the larger arcs of the show, he says, "Sometimes I find it interesting when they decide and choose a world that's not a common world we're all familiar with that Jane goes in to explore. It's nice to see that character inside this foreign place."

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Source: EW.com.

|VIDEO| Simon Baker's biggest mistake on The Mentalist

Simon talks about his biggest "mistake" on the show and hints what not expect for the season finale.

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Source: People.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

|PROMO| 4.12 - My Bloody Valentine - CBS 2



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Source: TheRedBlog.

|VIDEO| Simon Baker on "Late Show with David Letterman"



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Source: indigenous4logic.

|PRESS RELEASE| 4.13 - Red Is The New Black

JANE AND THE CBI INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF A DISGRACED CLOTHING DESIGNER, ON "THE MENTALIST," THURSDAY, FEB. 2

Catherine Dent ("The Shield") returns as FBI Agent Susan Darcy who continues her Red John investigation. Alicia Witt ("Friday Night Lights") returns as Rosalind Harker.

"Red is the New Black" — Jane and the CBI narrow down the list of suspects after a disgraced clothing designer on the verge of a comeback becomes a fashion victim. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Darcy continues her investigation into finding Red John, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Feb. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Catherine Dent ("The Shield") returns as FBI agent Susan Darcy who continues her Red John investigation. Alicia Witt ("Friday Night Lights") returns as Rosalind Harker.

SERIES REGULARS:

Patrick Jane ................................. Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon ............................ Robin Tunney
Kimball Cho ...................................... Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby ......................... Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt ...................... Amanda Righetti

GUEST CAST:

Catherine Dent ........................... Susan Darcy
Luther Wainwright ..................... Michael Rady
Alicia Witt .............................. Rosalind Harker
Lawrence Adisa ................. Morgue Attendant
Becky O'Donohue ................................. Sasha
Cosimo Fusco ................................. Guy Duval
Iddo Goldberg ........................ Tony Redgrave
Roberto Urbina ......................... Junior Acosta
Sarah Desage ............................... Jacqueline
Yuki Okumoto ...................................... Mr. Liu
Andrew Pifko ........................ Wyck Theissens
Griffin Matthews ..................................... Rafe
Van Hansis ........................................... Derek
Riley Voelkel ....................................... Tristan
Nick Jaine ..................................... Hotel Clerk
Joseph Kung .................................. Asian guy

WRITTEN BY: Eoghan Mahoney
DIRECTED BY: Tom Verica

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Source: CBS Press Express.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

|PROMO| 4.11 - Always Bet On Red - CTV



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Source: moon0xygen.

|SPOILER| 4.16 - His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts - Malcolm McDowell returns


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The legendary actor Malcolm McDowell is back to The Mentalist as the cult leader Bret Stiles. His return was already expected, but now we know when: ep416, His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts, written by Jordan Harper.

This will be his third appearance on the show. Welcome back, master!

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Source: The Mentalist Writer.

|PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS| 4.12 - My Bloody Valentine






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Source: TV.com.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

|SPOILER| 4.15 - War of the Roses - Morena Baccarin returns


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We already knew that Morena would be back this season, we just had to know when. The "mystery" is over. 'War of the Roses', written by Ken Woodruff, is the name of the episode. Her character, Erica Flynn, first appeared in the episode 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn', also written by Woodruff.

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Source: The Mentalist Writer.


|SPOILER| 4.16 - His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts


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Episode 4.16 of The Mentalist will be called "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts". Written by Jordan Harper.

The episode features the murder of a man in his late 20s to early 30s. He was a good guy and an anti-cultist who we will see in a flashback or two, showing his fatal attack.

Among the cult are (ex-)police officers, politicians, an attorney, college students and even the sister of the victim who is left seemingly cold by the awful news. They hold their meeting in what they call "Serenity Center".

The producers are also looking for two alive anti-cultists - a former cultist and old hippie in his late 50s and a good-natured man in his 30s who is devastated when his close friend is murdered.

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Source: Spoiler TV.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

|BTS| Robin Tunney, a "famous" elephant, and more info on S4

Let's get back to the beginning of season 3 for a while. Do you remember Daisy, the cute elephant from ep302, Cackle-Bladder Blood? You'll certainly record that our petit Lisbon seemed to be "in love" with the big animal, but the head of the Serious Crimes Unit wasn't the only one charmed by the unusual "guest-star". Ashley Gable told us that after the scene was over, Robin let the elephant pick her up in its trunk.


Now, tell me if it's not utterly adorable:



Seriously, this is the cutest thing ever! And sheep dip legal reasons, I'd die to see this video!

But Ashley tweeted other cool stuff, too. For example, that Bruno Heller is not only writing ep417, but making his directing debut as well, also that her last episode of the season will be ep422. And more info about the season finale:


Today the cast and crew got back at work after the Christmas break. Tomorrow they start shooting ep415, written by Ken Woodruff and directed by Geary McLeod. The new episodes are back next week, Jan 12, with Always Bet On Red, written by the awesome Gable, followed by My Bloody Valentine, on Jan 19, written by Tom Szentgyorgyi.

P.S.: Red Blog officially loves Ashley Gable.

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Source: @mentalistwriter.

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