LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “The Mentalist” has more twists and turns than the 405 Freeway. And it’s a much more fun ride.
For five seasons, the hit CBS show has enthralled viewers with plot twists and a whodunnit, serious drama and light comedy.
Andrea Fujii, reporting for CBS2, sat down with the cast recently to get them to spill, or try to, information about what is coming up this season.
“One thing I find sets the show apart, balancing drama and comedy with a crime of the week procedural thing,” says Simon Baker, star and one of the producers of the series.
This year the show is promising answers. For one thing, the mystery of who killed Patrick Jane’s family.
Jane has come up with a list of seven men who could be Red John, the man who killed his wife and daughter. And Red John, in turn, knows he’s on the list.
Cue more drama.
“The show started off with such a big, bold premise,” says Baker, “with Jane driven to pursue the killer of his wife and daughter, and to seek revenge, and we’ve finally come around to the idea of stitching it up.”
Baker told Fujii he’s excited about the prospect of where the show can go from here.
“You use the term game changing, but it’s bold, that’s what it is. The idea of potentially risking the idea of cutting off what people are drawn to in the show,” says Baker.
The cast told Fujii who they think Red John might be.
Baker insists he really doesn’t know.
“Do I know? I don’t know,” he says, smiling, “I could know, but I have just chosen not to. Completely.”
“I think about it, but in funnier terms, its probably not going to be Bret Stiles, because Malcolm McDowell would just charge us too much money,” quips Robin Tunney who plays Teresa Lisbon.
All theories aside, the show remains popular around the globe.
“It’s like this worldwide phenomenon, they seem to really like the mentalist,” says Tunney.
At the start of the show’s sixth year, the cast is especially grateful to the loyal fans.
“The fact that I am in a position and have been on a show for six years, that people have showed up to watch week in and week out, I’ll be eternally grateful for, it has had a major impact on my life,” says Baker.