Rebecca from Naples asks, “What do you know about the climax of ‘The Mentalist?’ The story lines are getting a bit lame, and I am getting a little weary of waiting for the identity of Red John. Enough already! Also, what about ‘Major Crimes,’ ‘Perception,’ and ‘Leverage?’ Any clue as to when, if ever, these programs will resume? Thank you ... I enjoy your column immensely.”
Rebecca, you flatterer, you asked several questions. Fortunately, I have some answers.
You were right to be weary. Back in October, CBS offered up its own cliffhanger, saying two of these four shows — “CSI: NY,” “Vegas,” “The Mentalist,” and “The Good Wife” — would be canceled.
It’s a good bet “Vegas” will be one of the shows canceled. I would say the “Good Wife” is safe. So that put the odds at 50/50. Well, on Wednesday, CBS officially renewed “The Mentalist” along with “The Good Wife” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
Does that mean “CSI: NY” is a goner? Not officially, as of this writing.
We’ve been watching Patrick Jane pursue serial killer Red John through multiple murders. What we know is that Jane has shaken hands with the killer.
Series creator Bruno Heller has promised that viewers will eventually get the identity of Red John. Any guesses?
TWO for season two
As for “Major Crimes” and “Perception,” they both return to TNT in June.
“Major Crimes” returns at 9 p.m. Monday, June 10. And if you’ve been missing the butting of heads between Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick, you’re going to love this news.
Capt. Raydor gets a new full-time foe in the form of Emma Rios (Nadine Velazquez, “My Name Is Earl”), the deputy D/A. assigned to the Phillip Stroh case.
“Perception” returns the following week at 10 p.m. Monday, June 18. As for some scoop, “Party of Five’s” Scott Wolf joins the cast.
And as for your question about “Leverage,” its fifth season was its last.
Not so Presidential
On my March 25 interview with Fred Thompson, Bill writes: “The man ran for the office of President of the United States and now he is selling reverse mortgages on TV. He has no integrity and he is a lawyer, but I repeat myself. He should be ashamed of himself, but his ego gets in the way.”
You make a point. But if we saw one of his paychecks from those commercials, we might change our minds. To add further to our collective disappointment, it’s not the worst thing a presidential candidate, or a president, for that matter, has ever done.
Giving til it hurts
Betty of Naples and Huntington, W. Va., writes: “I am disappointed in WGCU public television. I became a member to receive their magazine with programs available the four months I am in Naples. All of March (and if I remember, also into February), many evening programs have been listed as ‘Best of WGCU.’ This has turned out to be rerun after rerun of programs like ‘Best of the ’50s,’ ‘Best of the ’60s,’ ‘Andrea Bocelli,’ with very long pledge breaks at least three times per program. The result is the programs last 40 minutes, the pledge breaks 20 minutes. Pledge week here is pledge months. This is unacceptable.
“I am a member in West Virginia, too. Pledge breaks there are also too long per program, but pledge time lasts at most a couple of weeks, and no more than twice a year. I understand the need to raise private funding for public television. I will certainly not renew my memberships here, if this is their standard operating procedure. Is it? I don’t remember this happening in previous years.”
Hi, Betty. I know it can be frustrating. Here’s what I can tell you. PBS rules mean that unless you are in a major market, like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami, where your station can afford to buy the whole slate of PBS programs, then you are left with programming gaps — and likely funding gaps to match. I say, give what you can to your PBS affiliates, DVR the programs you like, and skip the boring parts — just like with commercial television. But don’t tell them I said that last part.
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Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.