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Most cop dramas end as abruptly as the lives of their crime-of-the-week victims (see: CSI: Miami and Ghost Whisperer, both axed without warning). Not The Mentalist, which returns for its final 13-episode run. ''We got a chance that's rarely given in this business: to really end the story and to tell the story exactly as we wanted to,'' says creator Bruno Heller. Season 7 has the Sherlockian Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and his pragmatic partner, Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), struggling to keep their new romance a secret while considering big changes, like quitting law enforcement and maybe even getting married. ''A wedding is always something to be wished for,'' teases Heller, suggesting that his could be the rare crime show with a happy ending, both on and off screen.
Wendy Williams hosts the ceremony, while Lil' Kim and Da Brat salute Kool & the Gang for their pioneering stand against spell-check.
Nat Geo teams with the NIH to explore our national sleep-deprivation epidemizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Memo to Officer Dawn Lerner and the occupants of Grady Memorial Hospital: You may want to consult with Gareth the cannibal before you decide to take on Rick Grimes. Oh, wait. You can't...BECAUSE HE'S DEAD! We'll have to wait to see if that famous red-handled machete makes another appearance before tonight's winter recess, but don't worry if it doesn't, as Rick's mouth also qualifies as a registered weapon. Why, just ask Joe the claimer. Oh, wait. You can't...ALSO DEAD! We're sensing a trend here.