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Is fame a blessing or a curse? Robin Tunney should know as one of the stars of The Mentalist, one of the most successful US dramas of recent years.
“It’s weird because I have a pretty wonderful charmed life,” she admits. “I did my first movies when the internet wasn’t so pronounced and there weren’t photographers everywhere. I had a great time being in my twenties in New York, and it was never overwhelming.”
While co-star Simon Baker honing his craft in Australian shows such as Home and Away and Heartbreak High, Chicago- born Tunney dipped her toe in projects such as California Man, Law & Order and Empire Records. Solid if not star-making work.“I never had one of those moments where one day I hadn’t done anything and the next day everybody knew who I was,” she says. “It was a sort of slow and steady build, and I’m still lucky whether it’s a nicer restaurant or you check into a hotel and they might give you a nicer room but I’ve had a different sort of trajectory, and it’s been very balanced.”
The likes of Keira Knightley and Charlize Theron may juggle their time between making movies and selling the latest fragrance, but Ms Tunney doesn’t mind being on the fringes of that world.
“I’ve never been so famous that I got paid millions of dollars to do perfume ads, but it’s been a pretty great life for me,” she says.“I’ve been pretty appreciative. I think I’ve got the perfect level where I’ve gotten to do what I love and earn a nice, comfortable living and still not had people sleeping outside my house. It’s been great.”
"White as the Driven Snow" was a hard episode to write and shoot, but it was an exciting one! And in the end, it may be my favorite in all the six years I worked on the show. There’s no body on the floor at the beginning of the episode, instead Grace Van Pelt, a beloved core character, has been taken and the rest of the team is desperately racing to find her. We’re in scary territory here, but hopefully in a good and exciting way!- Writer Eoghan Mahony
All of us in the writer’s room are hyper-aware that a great part of the success of a show like the Mentalist is built on the bonds formed between the audience and the characters, and we’re conscious of the responsibility we have to honor that. Writing an episode where I put some of your favorite characters (and ours!) in extreme jeopardy definitely gave me a few sleepless nights, but I hope that you all enjoy the end result.
Getting into production was a great relief, because I always know that our incredible cast and crew will transform whatever is on the page into something truly magical. This episode I felt extra lucky, because Chris Long was directing, and if you’ve been watching the show at all over the last six years, you know that if Chris Long directed the episode, it’s going to be a good one (not that they aren’t all good, but let’s face it, he brings a little extra). He’s a guy who comes up with great new ways of telling the story both large and small. My favorite in this episode was when he looked at me early on in the process and said, “I’ve got an idea that’ll really make this episode look different from anything we done before.” And he wasn’t kidding! I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but when you’ve watched, I think you’ll agree that he came up with a location that really makes you go ‘wow!.
Finally, I want to draw your attention to the performances given by Owain Yoeman and Amanda Righetti. This was an episode that demanded a great deal from them, emotionally and physically, and they rose to the challenge. I have been constantly amazed over the past six years by the work that our actors do and in this episode they all brought it. Simon and Robin are in top form as always, and our new cast members have jumped in with amazing enthusiasm. I hope you all enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed making it.
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“Grey Water” was one of the most challenging episodes of “The Mentalist” I’ve written. In a typical show, there is one main story that we follow – the “A” story, as we call it. Usually this revolves around finding a dead body and Jane figuring out who the killer is. In “Grey Water,” the “A” story brings us to a small town in Texas, where an anti-fracking advocate has been found murdered.
While this is going on, there’s another sub-plot. Often the sub-plot, or the “B” story, is much smaller and less significant. But in this episode, that wasn’t the case. The “B” story is about the continuing investigation into who is killing former members of the CBI team. Scene for scene, it occupies nearly as much space as the “A” story.
This is a long way of saying that there is A LOT going on in this episode. Even though creating these two big stories and finding ways to weave them together took a great deal of work, I think it makes for a great result. There’s no wasted space. The action just keeps hurtling forward. All and all, it makes for an exciting hour of television.
While there are a number of great scenes, I have to say my favorite part of the show happens in the first few minutes. We find Rigsby, Van Pelt, and their daughter Maddy at home in San Francisco. Without giving away any spoilers, it’s a pretty cool sequence. So make sure you get to your TVs by 10 PM. You don’t want to miss a minute. (I guess you could record the show, but isn’t watching live so much better?)
Hope you guys enjoy!
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As someone who spent their formative year in Texas, (I’ve got the awkward “Go Texan Day” school photos to prove it.) I was intrigued when we decided to base the new FBI team out of Austin. Everyone has pre-conceived notions about Texas - the big personalities, the wide open spaces, the ten gallon hats… the glorious barbeque. For my first episode in this new, post-CBI world, I wanted to write something that gave a nod to some of that iconic Texas.
The episode was directed by the super talented and fellow Texan, Randy Zisk. As we moved further along into production, all sorts of secret Texans and lovers of things Texan started revealing themselves – from the guest cast, to members of the crew, to people who provide services to the show. A distinct drawl began to form within the conversations as we connected through our shared love of frito pies, queso, kolaches, and Blue Bell ice cream. Thankfully, Texas delicacies were in short supply at craft services or someone would have had to roll me home everyday.
We are still introducing the new world to you all and there will continue to be new characters and locales that will enrich the episodes and make recurring appearances. In “Black Helicopters” you see the first appearance of Jane’s Airstream. This silver streak has personality plus and is ready to roll. To be honest, I think it needs its own series. (A crime fighting Airstream? Yes, please.) It plays heavily in this episode.
During the shooting of “Black Helicopters”, which took place just after Thanksgiving, the world lost the inimitable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. (Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela.) Several months prior to the shooting, as I was formulating the story, I had the idea to put one of the characters in a “Free Nelson Mandela” T-Shirt. Our fantastic costume department made that a reality and it gave a lot of people on set pause as a scene with the T-shirt was filmed on the day reports of Mr. Mandela’s passing came in.
I decided to title the episode “Black Helicopters” in reference to the paranoia that takes hold of certain people when they see them flying in the air. It’s a theme that runs through the episode along with some interesting revelations about the team.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this episode and hope y’all like it too.
Yours in bbq brisket on butcher paper,