The Mentalist Season 7 Spoilers: CBS Skips Simon Baker's Patrick Jane in Fall Schedule, Josie Loren Joins Cast

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By Arlene Paredes | July 31, 2014 3:10 AM EST

The Mentalist Season 7 is not (yet) in the CBS line-up this fall, according to a report. Fans of Simon Baker and his character Patrick Jane need not worry. Production (or at least some casting) is underway, and actress Josie Loren is joining the cast.

Spoiler alert: This feature contains The Mentalist Season 7 spoilers and teasers. Read only if you cannot wait to find out the latest scoop on the CBS series.

The Mentalist Season 7 premiere is not slated in the CBS fall line-up in this TVLine report. The Bruno Heller-created series used to air back-to-back with "The Good Wife," but it seems it will be taking on a new schedule.

There are speculations that The Mentalist Season 7 is the final season of the series, but there has been no official word about it yet. However, Heller himself has described Season 7 as an "encore."

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in May, Heller said he was looking at The Mentalist Season 7 "is like an encore."

"The purpose of an encore is to get people leaving the theater happy," Heller said.

Actress Josie Loren ("Make It or Break It") is joining The Mentalist Season 7 cast, as a fresh grad of the FBI Academy, TVLine reported. If all goes well, Loren could become a series regular, according to the scoop. The same report mentioned Patrick Jane and team are likely to come back "midseason."

Loren's character, Michelle Vega, has "never heard of Jane, knows nothing of his methods or past, and casts a skeptical eye on his unorthodox, rule-busting ways," the TVLine update said. If The Mentalist Season 7 is indeed the last season of the series, Loren's perspective would remind viewers of how they felt about Jane in the show's first season.

Many Jisbon shippers hope to see Patrick Jane marry Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) in a wedding that symbolises moving on and a brand new leaf in The Mentalist Season 7.

Airing on CBS Sundays beginning this fall are: "60 Minutes," "Madam Secretary," "The Good Wife," and "CSI/CSI:Cyber." A midseason schedule could mean that The Mentalist Season 7 premiere would air sometime in late December 2014 or early 2015.

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