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'The Mentalist' casts Lisbon's other brothers

Lisbon’s family is expanding.

Friday Night Lights alum Derek Phillips and Rob Belushi, who played Lily’s go-to bartender, Linus, during the final season of How I Met Your Mother, have landed guest-starring roles on The Mentalist, EW has learned exclusively.

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Walking Dead,' 'Gotham,' 'Originals' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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'Sleepy Hollow' casts 'The Mentalist' alum as Abbie's mom

Sleepy Hollow is switching from daddy issues to mommy ones in season two. READ FULL STORY

Morena Baccarin returning to 'The Mentalist'

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Everybody’s favorite Firefly Companion and Homeland refugee is returning to CBS’ The Mentalist.

Morena Baccarin is coming back to the veteran crime drama for a guest star appearance in the third episode of season seven. She’ll reprise her role as sexy sociopath Erika Flynn, who previously manipulated and seduced Patrick Jane (Simon Baker).

Here’s the set-up: “Jane teams up with Erika Flynn in Beirut, Lebanon, where he and Lisbon have gone at the request of the CIA to take down an international weapons dealer. Erika has agreed to help Jane and the CIA in exchange for  a pardon on the murder charges she’s still facing and the chance to return to the U.S. But as always Erika has agendas of her own, one of which may, or may not, be inserting herself between Jane and Lisbon.”

The Mentalist will return to CBS in midseason.

'The Mentalist' casts Lisbon's new beau

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The Mentalist has found Lisbon’s new flame!

EW has confirmed that Pedro Pascal, who will appear in the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones as Prince Oberyn Martell, has landed the recurring role of charming FBI Special Agent Marcus Pike, who will romance Robin Tunney’s Lisbon.

EW was the first to report the news that Lisbon would be getting a new romantic interest, and in breaking the news, executive producer Bruno Heller explained that the character would be an important part of Lisbon’s evolution. “In order for her to fulfill herself — even if she eventually fulfills herself with Jane, which she may or may not do — she has to find other relationships, other perspectives, other people who love her, just to feel fully who she is,” Heller said. “It’s very important for her to be able to step away from Jane and see herself for herself.”

Pascal will make his debut in episode 16 and is set to appear in at least five episodes in the second half of the season, which resumes March 9. TVLine first reported the casting.

'The Mentalist': Lisbon's getting a [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

If you thought The Mentalist 2.0 was done with the introductions, think again. EW has learned that the second half of the season, which kicks off Jan. 5, will see the introduction of a new boyfriend for Lisbon (Robin Tunney)!

“In order for her to fulfill herself — even if she eventually fulfills herself with Jane, which she may or may not do — she has to find other relationships, other perspectives, other people who love her, just to feel fully who she is,” executive producer Bruno Heller says. “It’s very important for her to be able to step away from Jane and see herself for herself.”

Lisbon’s new beau, who is not currently cast, is set to appear in episode 15 or 16.

The news surely comes to the sadness of some fans who are eager to see Lisbon and Jane (Simon Baker) take their friendship to more, um, official levels. But Heller says they’re far from done exploring those two characters as a pair. In fact, the episode “Golden Hammer,” tentatively set to air Jan. 12, will show “a new side of the relationship between Jane and Lisbon.”
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'The Mentalist' Red John episode: Creator, star answer 20 burning questions

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MAJOR-MAJOR SPOILERS: You have questions, yes? CBS’ The Mentalist team has answers — 20 answers for 20 burning questions following Sunday’s huge “Red John” episode. Reporters were given a sneak peak of the hour, then interviewed creator Bruno Heller and star Simon Baker during a nearly hour-long conference call.
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'The Mentalist': How the 'Red John' mystery captured the imagination, then lost it

It was Rebecca that made me pay attention to The Mentalist. I had never seen the CBS crime drama starring Simon Baker until the eighth episode of season 2. “His Red Right Hand” was the one where a secretary in the Sacramento offices of the California Bureau of Investigation shot Sam Bosco (Terry Kinney) and two other agents on behalf of a serial killer — Red John, a brilliant phantom with a blood-drawn smiley face insignia, powerful influence and connections, and a scores of similarly brain-sick and unnervingly gleeful devotees.

In the last act, an assassin — presumably Red John himself; we never saw his mug — silenced Rebecca by deftly applying poison on her wrists. When Rebecca saw him, she recognized him, and her eyes lit up happily, and she smiled the smile of a fawning fangirl. It was all so eerie, and well played by the actress, Shauna Bloom. In the aftermath, the head of the CBI office, Virgil Minelli, played by Gregory Itzin, aka The Despicable Nixonian President on 24, abruptly resigned to take early retirement. Now that was suspect. I was instantly convinced Virgil was Red John. C’mon! Despicable Nixonian President on 24! And then, Bosco, on his death bed, told the show’s hero, con man-turned-trickster detective Patrick Jane, that if the carny Sherlock should ever catch Red John, he shouldn’t arrest him, he should kill him. He whispered something into Patrick’s ear and died. What did he say? WHAT DID HE SAY?!

My imagination was captured. I knew I’d be sticking with the show to watch Patrick solve the mystery: Who was Red John?
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'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'Mindy Project,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

A Gladiator teases his backstory, scoop on Arrow’s “Bericity,” and Mindy promises nudity — all that and more in this week’s Spoiler Room.

And if you’re not eating what we’re serving here, drop me a line with scoop requests at spoilerroom@ew.com.
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'The Good Wife' and the problem of too much good TV

The moment I finally became a fan of The Good Wife occurred just about three weeks ago. It came in the current season’s widely praised fifth episode, “Hitting The Fan.” This was the one where Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski) fired Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) for plotting to start their own firm. As Will progressed from betrayal (his reaction, a symphonically-performed shock-face culminating in a downbeat “what?!”, was priceless) to “commando mode” (rallying emergency quorums; hustling clients to keep them from bolting), and as Alicia progressed from resolute yet regretful to full-on “Oh, it’s so on!” (countering Will’s counter-attacks; wooing Chum Hum; an adrenaline rush quickie with Governor Hubby), it was thrilling to watch them find new energy and purpose in their lives amid the crisis, if slightly heartbreaking to watch the former lovers, now former colleagues, become enemies. It was impossible to take a side; I wanted both to win. In a story full of such grand drama and significant developments, it was a smaller, funnier exchange between Alicia and Will that grabbed me. As a contentious phone conversation came to a close (“Go to hell!” “No, you go to hell!”), Will remembered something very important. “Oh, your daughter called,” he said, suddenly civil. “She needs you to call her school to let her go on a field trip.” “Oh. When was this?” Alicia asked, equally pleasant. “About 40 minutes ago.”  “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Click. And then war resumed.

Not a terribly ingenious scene, I grant you. It hewed to a familiar screwball comedic structure. The whiplash tonal shift; two rivals abruptly making nice or banal in a way that almost feels out of character. Except here, the moment felt true to the characters, at least as I understand them so far. It was an effective way to dramatize that their relationship was more complex than their current conflict, to show that neither of them should be defined by the crisis/concerns consuming them at present; and it was a moment that was representative of all of everything else in the show that was converting me to rabid Good Wife fandom. READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Good Wife,' 'Elementary,' 'Revenge': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

More on the Once kiss, the upcoming chaos on The Good Wife, and Elementary‘s love problem all in this week’s Spoiler Room.
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'The Mentalist' gears up for Red John reveal with promo poster -- EXCLUSIVE

Things got bloody in the season premiere of The Mentalist — and as executive producer Bruno Heller told us after the episode, there’s more death to come.

That also seems to be the message in this new poster for the series, which debuts today here on EW. A 23-feet-tall version alongside the Warner Bros. building in Burbank, Calif. starting today.

The billboard is one of four that will be released to gear up for the reveal of Patrick Jane’s nemesis.

The Mentalist airs Sundays on CBS.

'The Mentalist' boss on [spoiler's] death -- and more to come!

Warning: Do not read this post if you haven’t watched the season premiere of The Mentalist. 

At the end of last season of The Mentalist, we narrowed down the list of Red John suspects to seven. And by the end of tonight’s premiere, that number had changed. READ FULL STORY

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