TNT To Syndicate ‘The Mentalist’

Simon Baker in The Mentalist (CBS)

Simon Baker in The Mentalist (CBS)

Repeats of the CBS drama ‘The Mentalist’ will land on TNT starting in 2012.

The Turner Networks-owned cable channel announced Friday that it had purchased from Warner Bros. Domestic Television the exclusive off-network rights to the show, which stars Simon Baker as a highly perceptive crime-fighter.

Launching last season, ‘The Mentalist‘ was a hit for CBS right out of the gate, but has struggled to match its incendiary freshman performance this year while going directly against ABC’s ‘Private Practice’ at 10 p.m. on Thursdays.

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