The Mentalist could possibly move to a new network next season.
Deadline is reporting that series producer Warner Bros. Television is shopping the Simon Baker fronted procedural to broadcast and cable networks should, as seems likely at this point, CBS opt not to renew The Mentalist for a seventh season. TNT is considered the most likely home for The Mentalist. The network is already home to syndicated episodes of the drama and they have experience in working with corporate sibling WBTV to bring a broadcast series to cable, just as they did with Southland.
The Mentalist was created by Bruno Heller – who would segue to Fox series Gotham if the series is renewed – and initially followed Patrick Jane as he advised the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on high profile cases, all while hunting for Red John – the serial killer who killed his wife and child. In anticipation of a seventh season pick up, the series underwent a re-tooling this year which saw the Red John story wrapped up, with Jane now advising on cases for the FBI. The cast includes Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Rockmond Dunbar and Emily Swallow.
Once a ratings hit for CBS, The Mentalist has been struggling to draw viewers since the network moved the series to Sunday nights alongside The Good Wife. With its most recent episode, The Mentalist managed 8.7 million viewers and a 1.4 A18-49 rating and despite frequently outrating The Good Wife, which has already been renewed, word has been circulating for months that CBS was considering letting the series go. That is down to the fact that CBS owns The Good Wife but don’t own The Mentalist, which as noted above is owned by Warner Bros. Given that it earns WB a lot of money both in syndication and international sales, expect the studio to fight hard to get a seventh season, be that on CBS or some other network.