Fans of Simon Baker and The Mentalist can breath a sligth sigh of relief, as Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the series is being shopped around to other networks in the event of CBS not renewing the series.
The report notes that Warner Brothers, the studio behind the series, is shopping the series at both broadcast and cable networks alike. The studio is hoping to find a new home for the series’ seventh season, should CBS choose not to renew the series. One cable network that would be an obvious choice to pick up The Mentalist is TNT, who currently airs reruns of the series (although it’s unknown whether they are one of the networks in the mix).
Season six of The Mentalist underwent a complete creative shakeup as psych-detective Patrick Jane (Baker) killed his long time nemesis Red John. The series also made a two year time-jump and headed down South to Austin, Texas.
Creator Bruno Heller has said that the season six finale has been written to serve as a series finale should CBS cancel the series, and no other network picks it up. Heller also insisted that the finale would serve as a lead-in into the seventh season, should the show receive one. No matter the outcome Heller is sure fans will be happy with this seasons finale:
It will be a very pleasing and satisfying series finale if that’s what happens and if not its a very pleasing and satisfying precursor to a new season.”
The Mentalist airs Sundays at 10/9c on CBS.