New Show To CTV

CTV’s announced today that the most buzzed about new drama series of the fall, THE MENTALIST joins the network’s white-hot midseason schedule, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning January 4 following DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES at 9 p.m. ET (check ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Starring Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker, THE MENTALIST follows Patrick Jane (Baker), a former celebrity psychic-turned-California police detective who uses his skills of observation and expertise at reading people to solve crimes. Premiering last September on ‘A’, THE MENTALIST quickly became one of the most talked-about new drama series of the year. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the crime drama is the undisputed #1 new show of the season, and last week, catapulted to the top spot in all of television ahead of ratings juggernauts CSI and GREY’S ANATOMY.

“Simon Baker’s appeal, combined with this series’ unique approach to crime solving, have made THE MENTALIST a breakout hit,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “It’s a welcome companion to DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Sunday nights on CTV.”

THE MENTALIST debuted to critical acclaim when it premiered last fall on ‘A’. “One of the more promising new network series to debut,” said CanWest News Service. “A noteworthy newcomer,” said the Los Angeles Times. Now, critics agree, the series is a breakout hit. “Only one [new show] – THE MENTALIST – has become a certified hit,” said USA Today. “THE MENTALIST is the new primetime ratings king,” said the New York Post. “THE MENTALIST has managed to deduce what viewers want,” said the Associated Press. And TV Guide Canada remarks that “fans have clearly responded to Baker’s dry wit and the catchy storylines.”

Mentalism involves using intellectual sharpness, observation, mind-reading, extra-sensory perception and clairvoyance to obtain information about a situation or a person. As a modern Sherlock Holmes in THE MENTALIST, Jane uses his highly developed skills of observation, deduction and manipulation to aid the Serious Crimes unit at the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Joined by no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, PRISON BREAK) and her team including Kimball Cho (Tim Kang, Rambo), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman, THE NINE) and rookie member Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti, THE O.C.), Jane uses his controversial methods to help crack tough high profile cases.

In the next all-new episode, “Red John’s Friends” (Sunday, January 4 at 10 p.m. ET), Jane is enticed by a convicted murderer’s promise to reveal information about Red John and quits the CBI in order to prove the prisoner is innocent.

Created and executive produced by Bruno Heller (ROME) and directed and executive produced by David Nutter (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES) the series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and distributed internationally by Warner Bros. International Television.

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