“The Mentalist,” as you may have heard already, is experiencing quite a few changes behind the scenes this year in the wake of the Red John mystery coming to a close. Not only are we going to be seeing the end of the Rigsby and Van Pelt characters now that they are finally married, but one of the new characters being brought on at midseason has now been promoted to a series regular.
So who is this specifically? We’re talking about Rockmond Dunbar! According to TVLine, the actor, best known for his role in “Sons of Anarchy” as Roosevelt, is going to be a series regular immediately after his debut on November 10. The character is named Dennis Abbott, and he is a FBI Supervisory Agent who does not particularly take well to Patrick Jane’s various antics. This will definitely bring a very different sort of energy to the show than what has been there previously, where you have so many people at this point eating metaphorically out of Patrick Jane’s hand.
Originally when Dunbar was cast, it was only announced to be a recurring gig. What’s the reasoning behind that? The show likely wants to make sure that he or anyone else that they bring on is right before promoting them to series regular, and it is something that we saw previously with Amber Tamblyn on “Two and a Half Men” this season. Another show that is doing something similar right now is Emily Wichersham on “NCIS,” who is going to be playing the part of Bishop, the spiritual successor to Cote de Pablo’s Ziva. (We would not be too surprised at all to see a promotion coming there soon.)
The Red John case will be solved on “The Mentalist” this fall, at around the same time that Dunbar first appears.
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