Channel Five has secured an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire a raft of new and continuing series and blockbuster films, it was announced today (THURS).
The channel has acquired exclusive terrestrial and digital rights to the third season of the critically-acclaimed hit drama The Mentalist, starring Emmy® and Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation who has a remarkable track record for using his razor sharp skills of observation and psychological manipulation to solve serious crimes. The series, created by Bruno Heller (Rome), averaged 2.5 million viewers on Five this year, ranking as the #1 US series on UK television between February – July.
Five have axed both of Justin Lee Collins TV shows, after they failed to pull in more than one million viewers.
The channel signed the bearded star on a two year deal worth £1 million, but both his quiz show Heads or Tails and his chat show Good Times failed to score decent ratings. Heads or Tails peaked with one million viewers, while Good Times struggled with only 500,000.
Was it to cause the viewing public to sit and give thanks that the navy is being so vigilant out in the Antarctic? Maybe so, but it was never really made clear what the men and women onboard HMS Endurance are guarding us against…
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Golden Globe and recent Emmy® Award nominee Simon Baker stars in The Mentalist as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation.
On Thursday 17th December 2009, London will play host to an epic Guinness World Record attempt as Covent Garden comes to a standstill for the ‘Most Coins Flipped Simultaneously’ in Heads or Tails: The Big Flip. Participants are expected to flock to the West Piazza at 10am laden with loose change where Justin Lee Collins, host of FIVE’s new game show, Heads or Tails, will compere the proceedings and join in with the synchronised spectacle.
Mark abandons his romantic getaway with Olivia when he receives a tip-off concerning the tattooed assassin who appeared in his flash forward. Elsewhere, Simon and Lloyd settle a debate over a game of poker, Aaron learns the truth regarding daughter Tracy’s accident, and Janis returns to work, but is unsure about her future with the department.
MI6 agent Fiona Banks helps the detectives investigate the Blue Hand Club, which could have appeared in Mark’s vision and might be connected to a recent spate of suicides. Nicole helps Bryce uncover the meaning of his flash forward while volunteering at a hospital, Aaron receives a surprise visit from his daughter’s former army friend and Demetri reveals the truth about his lack of a blackout to Zoey. Guest starring Alex Kingston
TV presenter Justin Lee Collins has hinted that once his two year deal with Five ends, he may consider retiring.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the 35-year-old explained: “I am not so in love with this job that I just want to carry on doing it forever. The money is nice and I enjoy what I do. But family is more important – and so too is my health.
Olivia struggles to accept Bryce’s suggestion that a patient’s flashforward holds the key to a correct diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, Demetri accuses Mark of waiting for the future he saw in his flashforward to come true without incident, while Mark feels Demetri is letting his fear of what he witnessed envelop his life; and Nicole returns to work as Mark and Olivia’s daughter’s baby-sitter, and discloses her shocking future vision — involving a murder.