The Mentalist Rookie of the Year!

Simon Baker's The Mentalist emerged the most-watched rookie show from the 2008-09 season, Variety reports.


The CBS show, paired with the Top 10 show NCIS, regularly retained almost 100% of that series' audience and was the sixth most watched series in terms of total viewers.


With a season average of 17.5 million viewers, The Mentalist - about a former con man turned "consultant" for the California Bureau of Investigation - is the most popular new series since Desperate Housewives came out in 2004.


Baker has also been receiving good notices for his performance as Patrick Jane, a keen observer of human behaviour/nature who uses those insights to solve mysterious murders.


The character is typically played light, but has a dark undertone: he is haunted by the deaths of his wife and daughter, slain by a serial killer named Redjohn who took offence with something Jane said from the days when he was posing as a TV psychic.


For the 2009-10 season, CBS is considering moving the show to a new timeslot or day to stand on its own (and possibly, prop up another rookie series).


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May 27, 2009 7:03PM EDT

Patrick's character has been played a little too light, may be Baker has been having some off days where he has not really got into the script, or more likely, the script writers have been a little too focused on the crime and not enough about the characters.
I don't remember any of the characters having family, friends, or even pets.
Unlike prison break where every character has a motive for what he/she does, all the characters in the mentalist seems to be workaholics with no social life, except Patrick, who's family has been murdered.
The show is very promising with a long term plot and a short term plot, I would like to see some more character development and more depth in Patrick's philosophy... Why is he so light hearted ?
Okay, so he gets results in the police consultants position, but surely no one can trust him enough to hire him before that ?
Why is he so generous ? Why doesn't he accumulate a lot of wealth and resources to track down red john more directly ? Why bother to crack case after case when his main agenda is not satisfied ?
I hope it's not going to be like X-files where scully never learns, and I wish Patrick would take one of his partners to be a direct apprentice, giving him a chance to explain his methods and philosophy.

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Jun 1, 2009 1:40AM EDT

ok, so am i the only person who realizes that this whole idea was stolen from the show Psyche, and that they receive no credit for it?

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Jun 1, 2009 2:08AM EDT

You have to remember its all about the story twists, not the story itself. I've said it before, there are no new plots, only new twists.

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