Simon Baker signs on for 'Mentalist'


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Simon Baker has signed on for his third CBS drama pilot.

Baker is set as the lead in the network's "The Mentalist," from writer Bruno Heller and director David Nutter.

The Warner Bros. TV-produced "Mentalist" centers on Patrick Jane (Baker), a mentalist who uses his skills of observation to solve crimes as an independent detective working with the police.

Also cast in the pilot are Owain Yeoman, Shaun Toub, Amanda Righetti and Tim Kang.

Baker previously starred in CBS' pilots "The Guardian" and "Smith," both of which went to series.

He recently wrapped "Not Forgotten" and "The Lodger" will next be seen in Dan Waters's "Sex & Death 101." He is repped by CAA and Untitled.