The Mentalist enlists a new boss Season 2


There's a new Jane joining The Mentalist, a Jane of the female variety. Aunjanue Ellis will be the new CBI head on CBS's The Mentalist, attempting to reign in the unconventional -- yet highly productive -- antics of Patrick Jane.


Ellis will be a new character -- still unnamed -- who is assuming the leadership position left vacant when Virgil Minelli resigned. Minelli was played by Gregory Itzin, who is returning to 24 to resume the role of disgraced former president Charles Logan.


Minelli's exit has already been set up on the show; he announced his resignation following the Red John instigated bloodbath in the CBI offices that resulted in Bosco's death and two other agents. In the last episode, Minelli assumed responsibility for the deaths and the breach in security.


That said, Ellis's character should be coming in loaded for bear. Does the term "by the book" sound accurate for the situation? That could create major conflict with Jane, who believes in throwing the book out the window and winging it.


The new sheriff -- disciplinarian -- won't be appearing till April.


The actress has a lot of stage experience and on TV has appeared in Numb3rs, The Good Wife and True Blood. Most recently she was on screen in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.


One thing that has not been mentioned but I think could be a point of conflict is Ellis' age. She's only 40 and unless they age her dramatically for this role on The Mentalist, she is going to be about the same age or younger than Lisbon. Will Lisbon appreciate being supervised by a woman who is essentially her peer? Sounds like a reason to balk to me.


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Nov 30, 2009 9:49PM EST

The actress I believe is only 37, and the character description for Lisbon says she is being played somewhere in her mid-thirties. I'm sure they'll play Ellis character a little older as well, so I feel like they can play a 5-10 year age difference.
Aside from the age I feel like most of the bickering be between the two will have to deal with Jane and the way he goes about his work. I'm sure if Ellis character is smart and can do her job, I feel like Lisbon will respect her even if she doesn't agree with her.

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Dec 4, 2009 9:30AM EST

It s not about Lisbon, who is played by robin tunney it s about the chef of the cbi, Virgil Minelli.

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