Scoop: THE MENTALIST on CBS - Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scoop: THE MENTALIST on CBS - Sunday, December 30, 2012 “Blinking Red Light” — The search for a serial killer hits close to home for Jane when he encounters a blogger who has devoted his life to finding the killer, on a rebroadcast of THE MENTALIST, at a special time, Sunday, Dec. 30 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/9:30-10:30 PM, CT/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Simon Baker directs the episode. Guest stars include Missi Pyle (“Two and Half Men”) as a TV host, William Mapother (“Lost”) as a suspect, and David Paymer (“The Good Wife”) as the blogger. (Originally broadcast 11/3/11.)

THE MENTALIST stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor-sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. His last act in playing a psychic was to challenge the serial killer Red John on television. The killer then murdered Jane’s wife and daughter and now Jane longs for revenge, even as the CBI continues to try to bring Red John to justice. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough, high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents; however, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.