‘The Mentalist’ season 6, episode 11 preview: When is the show returning from hiatus?

The latest -On Sunday night, “The Mentalist” ended its fall run with “Green Thumb,” an episode that effectively tied together most of the story as we know it when it comes to Patrick Jane’s new life. Red John is gone, he is no longer a wanted criminal, and he instead is now a trusted employee with the FBI putting many of his skills to use. Not only that, but he managed to find a way to rope in Lisbon and have her be his partner again.

So where do we go from here, and when will we see the show back? For the latter, we can tell you that for the time being, Sunday, January 5 is going to be the day the show returns. This is the same day that many other shows on TV are also going to be back, including the start of “Downton Abbey” on PBS. The big exception here is ABC’s standard lineup, which is going to change things up in order to push off “Once Upon a Time” coming back on the air until after the Oscars and the Olympics are over.

As for details on the episode, not much is known for the time being except for the title: “White Lines.” This does at least continue the tradition set up by the show as of late in keeping the titles all about colors. We just hope that there is a good mystery here, an appearance from Rigsby and Van Pelt (who are not done with the show yet), and also something that is more than just a standalone hour. We need some sort of further endgame to look forward to here, even beyond just the average mystery and Jane being awesome.

What do you want to see on “The Mentalist” when the show comes back, and do you worry that the show’s best days are in the rear-view mirror? Share below, and click here to read our full review of Sunday’s episode.

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