The Mentalist Premieres September 22 on 'A'



    
    An Ordinary Detective With Extraordinary Skills Fights Crime in
    The Mentalist, Premiering September 22 on 'A'

    -- Highly-anticipated procedural crime drama, with a twist, stars Golden
    Globe Award nominee Simon Baker --
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         "One of the more promising new network series to debut..."
                                                      - CanWest News Service
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - This fall, prepare to go mental for The
Mentalist! To solve cases, police investigators need solid evidence to bring
criminals to justice. But what if that evidence comes from elsewhere, beyond
the hard facts? In the eagerly-awaited new crime drama The Mentalist, Golden
Globe Award nominee Simon Baker (The Devil Wears Prada) stars as Patrick Jane,
a former celebrity psychic-turned-California police detective who uses his
skills of observation and expertise at reading people to solve crimes. Airing
Mondays beginning September 22 at 10 p.m. ET on 'A' (visit Atv.ca to confirm
local broadcast times), this compelling one-hour drama from David Nutter
(Supernatural, Without a Trace) reveals how Patrick uses his abilities as a
mentalist to assist the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), all the
while hunting for the serial killer who murdered his family and haunts his
every move.

    (*)(*) Media Note (*)(*) - Download photos from The Mentalist at
    www.ctvmedia.ca/Atv

    "What sets The Mentalist apart from other crime dramas is that it goes
beyond the microscope and hard facts to look at a new way of unravelling a
mystery," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV
Inc. "This inventive series cleverly illustrates how human nature can play a
role in solving crimes."
    Mentalism involves using intellectual sharpness, observation,
mind-reading, extra-sensory perception and clairvoyance to obtain information
about a situation or a person. And despite Patrick's highly developed skills
of observation, deduction and manipulation assisting the Serious Crimes unit,
he's notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and a past as a well-known
former television psychic whose paranormal abilities he now admits he faked.
But not everyone sees Patrick as a welcome addition to the team. No-nonsense
Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, Prison Break) openly resists having
Patrick in her unit - alternating between reluctantly acknowledging his
usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack
of boundaries.
    While Teresa questions Patrick's usefulness, his role in cracking a
series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents
Kimball Cho (Tim Kang, Rambo), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman, The Nine) and
rookie member Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti, The O.C.). As a modern Sherlock
Holmes whose controversial methods often cross the line, but, ultimately,
prove him right, The Mentalist follows Patrick as he struggles to fight his
reputation, those who doubt him and a past that still haunts him.
    In the first episode (Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET), CBI consultant
Patrick Jane, Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon and her team investigate the double
murder of a pro golfer's wife and her doctor in Palm Springs which has the
hallmarks of a serial killer with a personal connection to Patrick.
    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.

    Fresh and dynamic, 'A' is the new home of established primetime hits,
critical favourites and big-buzz new series. 'A' delivers Canadian
television's most exciting new schedule in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and
British Columbia as well as in Alberta on ACCESS in certain primetime hours.
'A' spotlights day-to-day life in local communities in Victoria/Vancouver,
Barrie/Toronto, Ottawa, London, Windsor and Wingham through its award-winning
'A' News programming. 'A' is owned by CTV Limited, a division of
CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about
'A' may be found at www.atv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Sonia Brum, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5374 or
sbrum@ctv.ca; Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or jquan@ctv.ca

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