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Exclusive: 'The Mentalist' recruits 'FNL' grad to play Jane's brother-in-law!

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kevin-rankin-2Image Credit: Michael Bezjian/WireImage.com; Lance Staedler/CBSThis next casting scoop gets the Aushole seal of approval: Former Friday Night Lights scene-stealer Kevin Rankin (it’s Herc!) is joining CBS’ The Mentalist in the potentially recurring role of Danny Ruskin, Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) brother-in-law.

“He’s a hustler, a con artist, a ladies’ man—a cunning ne’er-do-well,” explains Mentalist EP/creator Bruno Heller. “Through his sister, he has an emotional hook in Jane that he’s not afraid to tug at when it serves his nefarious purposes.”

Rankin will debut in this season’s second episode, slated to air on Sept. 30.

In other Mentalist casting news, Van Pelt’s getting a new lover. Maybe. Click here for the deets.

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