TVLine Items: Shield Vet Tapped as Mentalist Ex, Fox Doubles Up on Hell's Kitchen and More!

Kenny Johnson MentalistThe Mentalist is playing the ex game this May, tapping The Shield‘s Kenny Johnson to guest star as the former fiancé of Robin Tunney’s character, Lisbon.

As first reported by, the episode, airing May 3, finds Lisbon rattled after her high school boyfriend becomes involved in one of her cases.

Mentalist Exclusive: Entourage Beauty Emmanuelle Chriqui to Romance Jane!

“She ran away [from that relationship] to find a different life,” creator Bruno Heller tells the site. “So, she stops and has to reassess her life and look at the paths not taken. Her boyfriend has kids, and she doesn’t. So, how does she feel about that?”

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Fox has ordered a double helping of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, renewing the culinary competition series for an 11th and 12th season. Season 10 premieres Tuesday, May 29.

• Logo has ordered a fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race to air in early 2013.

• FX Network and Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions have teamed up to turn Shawna Keeney’s memoir, I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, into a TV series, per Vulture. Californication and Gilmore Girls co-exec producer Gina Fattore will adapt the project.

• Entertainment One is developing the reality competition show Finding Marilyn in conjunction with the Estate of Marilyn Monroe, Deadline reports. The series features 12 young girls traveling to Los Angeles to become the next Hollywood “It Girl.”

• Jesse Palmer, Mario Lopez, Matthew Broderick and Mark Consuelos will join Kelly Ripa as guest co-hosts on Live! With Kelly the week of April 23.

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

Comments (9)

  • I love Kenny Johnson. Here’s to hoping that he doesn’t get blown up this time.

    Comment by Fran – April 12, 2012 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey that’s Grace’s man! Loved him on Saving Grace!

    Comment by Karen – April 12, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This reminds me of Ziva’s story recently. Which I was only semi-satisfied with. Love me some Lisbon time though. It’s been seriously lacking lately. So I’m happy for this and I know it’s thanks to Ashley (who wrote it-she’s the best!) and Bruno (who created Lisbon in the first place and made her so awesome). Hope Lisbon figures in greatly in the finale too. Her and Jane are my two absolute favorites on the show. Hard to say that because I really love Cho, Rigsby and Van Pelt too. They’re all great in their own ways. Not a bad or mediocre one in the bunch! But Jane and Lisbon just rock, especially in their scenes together. Thanks for the news, Vlada. :)

    Comment by Niobe – April 12, 2012 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love him. He keeps guest starring though – why oh why is he not a regular on a series somewhere? The Shield, Saving Grace, SOA – come on, he’s proven himself. We need more!!!

    Comment by Cat – April 12, 2012 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was a regular on Prime Suspect.

      Comment by Michael – April 12, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seems like Lisbon goes for the fair-haired fellows, very interesting… ;)
    Just as long as this guy and Lorelai don’t overstay their welcome!

    Comment by Saint Alicia – April 12, 2012 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Surprised Fox renewed Hell’s kitchen again.Last season was such a bore,I didn’t root for anyone.

    Comment by Shaun – April 12, 2012 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hell’s Kitchen is getting real old

    Comment by William – April 12, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, regular on PS & SG

    Comment by Karen – April 13, 2012 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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