The Mentalist: CBS's Psychic Friend

The Mentalist shows that it's still possible to win a big network audience — with a trick or two

Jane (Baker) uses observations the way Superman used X-ray vision.

We all know by now the problems with major-network TV. There are too many other channels, other media, other diversions. The audience has been sliced and diced into confetti, and it is no longer possible for a new drama to get tens of millions of viewers to sit down on their couches and watch the same thing at the same time.

And then there's The Mentalist. CBS's latest crime procedural, starring hunky Simon Baker as phony psychic turned sleuth Patrick Jane, is not just the biggest new hit of the season; it is arguably the only new hit of the season....

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