CBS Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Mentalist’ Final Season, ‘Undercover Boss’

Debut dates are part of network’s year-round programming strategy

Last Updated: November 4, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Prepare yourselves, fans of “The Mentalist”; you’re one step closer to the end.

The seventh and final season of the CBS procedural starring Simon Baker will premiere Nov. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, the network said Tuesday.

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CBS also said that the reality show “Undercover Boss” will return to the air Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. for three special Sunday broadcasts, before shifting to its regular timeslot on Friday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.

“The Mentalist,” meanwhile, will shift to its regular Wednesdays at 8 p.m. timeslot on Jan. 7, after “The Good Wife” resumes on Jan. 4. The freshman series “Madam Secretary” will also return on Jan. 4.

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The “Undercover Boss” and “The Mentalist” premiere dates are part of CBS’s year-round strategy of delivering more original programming, with both programs  bridging the gap between the fall finales and spring premieres of the network’s reality mainstays “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”

“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 Vice President, CBS Primetime. “We’re fortunate to have two popular, proven ratings winners in ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Undercover Boss’ to seamlessly join our schedule.”

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Read the network’s updated schedule below.

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

CBS 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

CBS Wednesday, Dec. 17

8:00-10:00 PM            SURVIVOR (season finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          SURVIVOR LIVE REUNION SHOW (Live ET/Delayed PT)

CBS 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

CBS 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

CBS 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

CBS 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

CBS Wednesday, Jan. 7

8:00-9:00 PM              THE MENTALIST (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-11:00 PM            PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (Special)

CBS Wednesday, Effective Jan. 14

8:00-9:00 PM              THE MENTALIST

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS

10:00-11:00 PM          STALKER

CBS Wednesday, Feb. 18

8:00-10:00 PM            THE MENTALIST (Series Finale)

10:00-11:00 PM          STALKER

CBS Wednesday, Feb. 25

8:00-9:30 PM              SURVIVOR (30th Edition Premiere)

9:30-11:00 PM            THE AMAZING RACE (26th Edition Premiere)

CBS 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

CBS 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