The Mentalist – Season 5


Golden Globe and Emmy® Award nominee Simon Baker stars 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 and psychological manipulation. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, the series returns to SABC3 for a fifth season on Wednesdays at 20:00 from 16th March, 2016.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Drama and nominated by the Television Critics Association as Outstanding New Program of the Year, The Mentalist also stars Robin Tunney (Empire Records, The Craft, and Prison Break), Tim Kang (The Forgotten, Two Weeks Notice), Owain Yeoman (Troy, The Nine) and Amanda Righetti (The O.C., Return to House on Haunted Hill).

Notorious for his lack of protocol and past as a former psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned, 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 (Robin Tunney) 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 (Tim Kang), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

With one of Red John’s alluring accomplices in custody, the hunt for the elusive serial killer escalates in season five.  For years, Patrick Jane has patiently tracked his nemesis and played Red John’s cat and mouse games – but who is cat and who is mouse?  After assisting the CBI team with solving the state’s most serious crimes, Patrick Jane now senses that Red John is closer than ever.  He may, in fact, be someone on the CBI’s radar.  With his wits ever about him, Jane ventures wherever the CBI team is summoned… but always with an eye over his shoulder.

Created by Bruno Heller (Rome) and executive produced by Heller, Chris Long, Tom Szentgyorgi, Ashley Gable and Daniel Cerone.

Meet team:

Simon Baker as Patrick Jane

Nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy® in the Best Actor category (as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination) for his work on THE MENTALIST, Simon Baker was previously best known for his striking performance in the drama series The Guardian, from 2001-2004. Baker won widespread critical praise for his portrayal of a hardened corporate lawyer who was sentenced to work as a legal child advocate after being found guilty of drug possession. In the show’s first season, Baker was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. In 2007, Baker made the transition from a television star to big screen leading man with two diverse roles.  In the critically acclaimed feature The Devil Wears Prada, Baker starred opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway as the dashing Christian Thompson. In the feature film Something New, a romantic comedy starring opposite Sanaa Lathan, Baker played a working class landscaper who falls in love with an uptight professional black woman. Baker first gained attention in the Academy Award®-winning film L.A. Confidential, following it up with a string of memorable performances in An Affair of the Necklace, Red Planet, Sunset Strip, Judas Kiss and the horror sequel The Ring 2, opposite Naomi Watts and Sissy Spacek. Baker garnered acclaim for his turn in the independent film Book of Love, which screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.  Baker was part of the all-star cast of Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed Ride With the Devil, which screened at the 1999 Deauville Film Festival and was also a gala presentation at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. Baker’s other film credits include Sex and Death 101 starring opposite Winona Ryder; and Land of the Dead, a critically acclaimed thriller co-starring Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo and Asia Argento; as well as the indies Restaurant; Love from Ground Zero; The Lodger, opposite Hope Davis, Alfred Molina and Philip Baker Hall; and the psychological thriller, Not Forgotten. Most recently seen in Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me with Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, Baker will next be seen in as a ruthless, high-powered securities broker in the intense financial drama Margin Call alongside Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto. A native of Australia, Baker now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.  In his spare time, he likes to surf.  His birth date is July 30.


Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon

Robin Tunney established herself as an award-winning actress in a series of independent films and has gone on to become a popular fixture in movies and on television while never straying too far from her indie roots. Her first film was the teen cult classic Empire Records, which also starred Renee Zellweger and Liv Tyler.  She next appeared in The Craft and Niagara, Niagara, for which she won the Volpe Cup for Best Actress at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival, and a Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress.  Her additional feature film credits include Vertical Limit, End of Days, Cherish, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Hollywood Land and Open Window, for which she won Best Actress at the Boston Film Festival. Tunney most recently appeared on television in Prison Break.  Her other series credits include roles in House, M.D., Life Goes On, Class of ‘96, Law & Order and Dream On.  Her television movie credits include J.F.K.: Reckless Youth and The Two Mr. Kissels. Tunney’s more recent feature films include August and The Burning Plain.  Born in Chicago, Tunney attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts.  She lives in Los Angeles.  Her birth date is June 19.


Tim Kang as Kendall Cho

Tim Kang has established himself as a highly sought after and versatile actor in both film and television.  In addition to his work as the straight-arrow investigator on THE MENTALIST, Kang was seen on the big screen in the Lionsgate action thriller Rambo opposite Sylvester Stallone and recently re-teamed with director Greg Pak for the title role in Mister Green, having first worked together in Greg’s acclaimed first feature, Robot Stories. Before his role in THE MENTALIST, Kang has had memorable performances in movies such as The Forgotten and Two Weeks’ Notice.  He has also had strong recurring roles on television in NBC’s popular drama, Third Watch, and CBS’s military saga, The Unit.  Other television credits include guest-starring roles in popular TV shows, such as The Ghost Whisperer, The Office, The Sopranos, Monk, Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial By Jury.  Additionally, Kang is widely recognizable from his national commercial campaigns that include AT&T, Cingular Wireless Home Depot and Shell Gasoline. Born and raised in San Francisco, Kang graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science before heading east to attend the prestigious A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree.  He also studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. Enthusiastic about cars, motorcycles and road racing, Kang can be found at the track on weekends when he’s free from shooting THE MENTALISTIn addition to motorsports, Kang is into extreme sky and water sports – as an avid technical scuba diver and skydiver (since 1996).  Kang currently lives in Los Angeles.


Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby

Owain Yeoman is a classically trained Welsh actor who graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with distinction and as the winner of the Henry Marshall Performance Shield.  His first audition was for the Warner Bros. epic Troy, from which Wolfgang Petersen immediately cast him as Lysander, Captain of the Trojan Army. Yeoman went on to play the title role in Mark Burnett’s Commando Nanny and then played lead roles in Kitchen Confidential and The Nine. In 2008, Yeoman played the role of The Terminator (Cromartie) in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and went on to play Sergeant Eric Kocher in HBO’s award-winning and critically acclaimed real-life miniseries Generation Kill.  Yeoman has also starred in the feature film Beerfest, and in over a dozen stage plays in London’s West End, The Oxford Playhouse and the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He can next be seen in the feature film Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 to be released in Fall 2011. An honors graduate of Oxford University in English Literature, Yeoman currently lives in Los Angeles and is a vegetarian and an active supporter of PETA, The Humane Society of the United States and a number of dog rescue groups.


Amanda Righetti as Grace Van Pelt

Amanda Righetti played a recurring role on the hit television drama The O.C.  Her other television credits include K-Ville, North Shore and Reunion, as well as guest-starring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Entourage and the television movie Romy & Michelle. In addition to her appearance as a SHIELD Agent in the summer blockbuster Captain America:  The First Avenger, Righetti’s feature film credits include The Chateau Meroux, the recent remake of Friday the 13th, the 2008 comedy Role Models and the Dark Castle thriller Return to House on Haunted Hill. The youngest of eight children, Righetti was born in St. George, Utah, raised outside of Las Vegas and currently resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband. Her birth date is April 4.

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