CBS Officially Sets 'The Mentalist' Final Season

'Undercover Boss' also gets a premiere date
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'The Mentalist'

It's official: The Mentalist is ending after the seventh season.

CBS is using The Mentalist and Undercover Boss as a bridge between the fall finales and spring returns of Survivor and The Amazing Race, a strategy currently employed by ABC with many of its serialized dramas.

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The final 13-episode run of The Mentalist — which executive producer Bruno Heller called "an encore" — is being slotted for Sunday, Nov. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. The Simon Baker-Robin Tunney drama remains in the slot for five weeks through December before shifting to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7 and wrapping with a two-hour series finale from 8 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 18. 

Undercover Boss will take over the 8 p.m. Sunday time slot starting Dec. 14, before airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT the following two weeks. It will then move to its regular 8 p.m. Friday time slot on Jan. 2.

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The season finale of Survivor will be broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by the live reunion show. The Amazing Race wraps up its current cycle on Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. New cycles of Survivor and The Amazing Race begin with 90-minute premieres on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

“One of the goals this season was to keep expanding our lineup of year-round, original programming and have fewer repeat cycles,” said Kelly Kahl, senior executive vp CBS Primetime. “We’re fortunate to have two popular, proven ratings winners in The Mentalist and Undercover Boss to seamlessly join our schedule.”

CBS Sunday, effective Nov. 30 (Football Doubleheader)
8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT              MADAM SECRETARY
9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT          THE MENTALIST (7th Season Premiere)
10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT      CSI
 
Sunday, Dec. 14
8:00-9:00 PM              UNDERCOVER BOSS (6th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM            THE MENTALIST
10:00-11:00 PM          CSI
 
Wednesday, Dec. 17
8:00-10:00 PM            SURVIVOR (season finale)
10:00-11:00 PM          SURVIVOR LIVE REUNION SHOW (Live ET/Delayed PT)
 
Friday, Dec. 19
8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE (Season Finale)
9:00-10:00 PM            A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS
 
Sunday, Dec. 21 and 28 (Football Doubleheaders)
8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT              UNDERCOVER BOSS
9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT          THE MENTALIST
10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT      CSI
 
Friday, Effective Jan. 2
8:00-9:00 PM              UNDERCOVER BOSS (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM            HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS
 
Sunday, Effective Jan. 4
8:00-9:00 PM              MADAM SECRETARY
9:00-10:00 PM            THE GOOD WIFE
10:00-11:00 PM          CSI
 
Wednesday, Jan. 7
8:00-9:00 PM              THE MENTALIST (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-11:00 PM            PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (Special)
 
Wednesday, Effective Jan. 14
8:00-9:00 PM              THE MENTALIST
9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM          STALKER
 
Wednesday, Feb. 18
8:00-10:00 PM            THE MENTALIST (Series Finale)
10:00-11:00 PM          STALKER
 
Wednesday, Feb. 25
8:00-9:30 PM              SURVIVOR (30th Edition Premiere)
9:30-11:00 PM            THE AMAZING RACE (26th Edition Premiere)
 
Friday, Effective Feb. 27
8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM            HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS
 
Wednesday, March 4
8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM          STALKER
 
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