24.Sep.2008 They’re the same thing!
I’m sure I am not the first one to make this observation, but it is really bugging me that I am not reading it in more places: CBS’s new show “The Mentalist” is the exact same show as USA’s “Psych!”
“Psych” (2006) is about a guy who’s uncanny powers of perception allow him to solve crimes.
“The Mentalist” (2008) is ALSO about a guy who’s uncanny powers of perception allow him to solve crimes!
In “Psych,” the lead—a private investigator—pretends to be a psychic to justice his abilities of perception.
In “The Mentalist,” a former mentalist (From Wikipedia, and yes, that’s good enough for me for our purposes here: “The term mentalist refers to entertainers whose performance appears to be based on ‘psychic’ abilities, featuring the ability to read minds, project the mind to alter the state of matter, foretell the future, and see distant and hidden objects.”) uses his powers of perception as a private investigator.
The only real difference? “Psych” is a comedy and “The Mentalist” is a drama.
Now, I’m not a huge “Psych” fan or anything, but it just boggles the mind that repackaging the same show for a new network isn’t being openly laughed about more. There’s egg on your face, CBS. EGG!