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Scoop: 'Mentalist' summons 'Oz' star Kinney

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Mentalist-casting_lPatrick Jane should have a field day reading this guy: Former Oz actor Terry Kinney is joining The Mentalist as an ex of Lisbon’s (Robin Tunney) and a major player in the Red John investigation, sources confirm to me semi-exclusively.

Kinney, who most recently starred in ABC’s short-lived cop dramedy The Unusuals, will play the recurring role of Sam Bosco, a by-the-book California Bureau of Investigations agent who heads up the division overseeing the Red John case. Bosco served as Lisbon’s mentor as she was coming up through the ranks, during which they shtupped once or twice (or a lot). Further complicating matters: The two share a deep, dark secret!

Bosco is also one of the few people immune to P.J.’s charms. He hates his unorthodox methods and is determined to oust him from the CBI.

Good times all around!

Kinney’s deal calls for him to appear in at least seven episodes.

The Mentalist kicks off its second season (its first in its new Thursday time slot) on Sept. 24.