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'The Mentalist' react: Shockingly dull Red John meets perfect fate


MAJOR SPOILERS: After more than five seasons, we finally came face to face with Patrick Jane’s phantom menace…

The serial killer who slaughtered Jane’s wife and child…

The villainous mastermind with outwitted and frustrated the brilliant Jane for years …

The powerful leader of a massive conspiracy who has put countless minions under his hypnotic spell; convincing groupies and law enforcement officers alike to kill and die at his whim.

Red John is  … READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Round-Up: Our TV critics on 'The Office,' 'Bates Motel,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Arrow,' 'Nashville' and more

‘Tis the season to end the TV season. A time of apocalyptic cliffhangers, teary eyed goodbyes, and of course, angry runaway wedding-crashing badgers. Speaking of spoilers: There will be a lot of them in our critical assessment of the year’s most notable finales so far, from The Office to Nashville to one not-so-happy Happy Endings. If your DVR cue is clogged with deferred climaxes… well, you should get that checked out, because it sounds painful. You should also not read everything that follows this colon: READ FULL STORY

'The Mentalist' season finale: And then there were seven

In the beginning of the fifth season of The Mentalist, I somewhat jokingly wondered who Red John was. My picks were Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) himself, Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui), or someone else. Well, it turns out I’m right. It’s someone else. Spoilers to follow. READ FULL STORY

'The Mentalist': Who is Red John?

In the fifth season premiere of The Mentalist, the identity of Red John is still — unsurprisingly — left up in the air. In the episode, someone was murdered, and Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and the CBI solve the crime, even though they are paired with the FBI. Tensions ran high between the two organizations because of the the season four finale — where the FBI botched the CBI’s under-cover investigation, allowing Red John to escape and resulting in the death of one CBI member. Not to mention — the FBI and CBI were fighting over the custody of Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chiriqui), a Red John accomplice. But let’s ruminate over the identity of Red John for a minute. Who could it be?


Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

TV Season Finale Awards: The winners are announced!

The results of our 2nd annual fan-voted TV Season Finale Awards are in! Check out the winners gallery here for the Top 5 finishers in each of our 20 categories. A total of 718,838 votes were cast. SPOILER: Parks and Recreation‘s Li’l Sebastian was named fifth best death.  READ FULL STORY

'The Mentalist' finale: Red John revealed! But do you believe it?

After three years of hunting the brilliantly cunning serial killer that murdered his wife and daughter, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) finally came face to face with the mysterious Red John last night, and the monster turned out to be… READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl 2010: What CBS show deserves the post-game slot?

There was a time — like, in the era of NBC’s Friends — when the post-Super Bowl spot was the most-watched telecast on broadcast television besides, well, the big game itself. (Can you believe Friends drew 52 million in its post-Bowl performance?) And while the spot isn’t quite as lustrous as it once was (the American Idol finale seems to be a the lead-in du jour), let’s get real: Everyone wants a piece of the nearly 100 million viewers the Super Bowl draws. So this year the Super Bowl is on CBS, and the Hollywood Reporter has identified four potentials for the plum programming: The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Survivor.

Basically, we’ve got a youthful sitcom option, two procedural drama options, and a reality-stalwart option. From where I’m sitting — as a rather young person, which the networks want to draw — the only remotely appealing of the four is The Big Bang Theory, which has become one of TV’s great comedies in its three seasons on the air. While it’s definitely doing well in the ratings (Bang drew 12.7 million viewers last week), the show could use the bump in exposure — even more folks need to discover this show and help it take down Two and a Half Men as TV’s top comedy!

But that’s just my opinion. PopWatchers, who should get the super post-Super Bowl spot? Answer in the poll below! (And please tell me in the comments if you’ve got other ideas about what other CBS show should fill the slot — and why!)

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ review
‘Survivor’ on PopWatch

Alynda Wheat's Beat Cop: 'The Mentalist' and 'Castle,' tricks and treats

mentalist_lI love Halloween episodes. They’re less cheesy than Valentine’s Day drivel, and generally funnier than Christmas and Thanksgiving episodes (plus, we don’t have to deal with guest-star relatives). This All Hallows Eve week we got two gems: The Mentalist and Castle. Since y’all always say I give The Mentalist and Criminal Minds short shrift, I’ll start with the faux-psychic (particularly since there was no meeting of the Minds this week).

Anybody who’s been watching procedurals as long as we have (I know you’re out there, McMillan & Wife fans) has to appreciate the occasional homages to Columbo thrown into The Mentalist. In Thursday’s episode, Jane (Simon Baker) tracked down the murderer of an architect almost no one seemed to like much. Was the killer the wife he once cheated on? The lady whose family manse he bought? The ghost of the mausoleum’s original owner? Nope, none of the above. READ FULL STORY

Alynda Wheat's Beat Cop: We come to bury 'SVU,' not to praise it

Now it’s official. Law & Order: SVU is on the crazy train, jumping tracks and stranding passengers in Nowheresville. Some of us (okay, mainly me) carped about Christine Lahti’s role as fill-in ADA Sonya Paxton from the beginning. When she wasn’t belittling Stabler (Christopher Meloni) she was sneering at Benson (Mariska Hargitay) or taunting suspects, all the while teary-eyed and callow. The character was inconsistent, insulting, and insufferable. Wednesday night we learned it was all, theoretically, because she’s a lush. Oh, let us rewind this one, because there was plenty to gnash at in this episode appropriately titled “Hammered.”

It started well, as anything guest-starring Scott Foley would. (I was a fan of The Unit until that, too, no longer pointed north.) Dalton Rindell (Foley) woke up on his bathroom floor, a gash on his forehead, blood on his walls, and a dead lady in his apartment. We soon learned that the lady was an abortion doctor (the episode’s red herring) and that she’d left a bar with Dalton after he suffered through a feral meeting of real-estate investors, pissed that he and his partner weren’t delivering on an apartment building they promised. Of course, Dalton remembered none of this, what with his killer hangover. All of which brings us to our Defense Issue of the Week: the altered brain chemistry of alcoholics. Now, I have no intention of wading into that morass (and I’m getting pretty tired of watching everyone in the squad room do it too—it’s so forced and false they way the “debate” every salient societal issue). My only criticism of the episode is that it set up Sonya’s exit in a ridiculous way. READ FULL STORY

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