Former RFT Music Editor Jordan Harper Gets First Writing Credit Tonight on "The Mentalist"


The Mentalist, not Jordan Harper
  • The Mentalist, not Jordan Harper
Jordan Harper left Riverfront Times a few years back for New York City where his now wife was attending graduate school.

Our former music editor (read some of his writings here) has now transplanted once more. This time he's in Los Angeles where he's landed a writing gig on CBS's hit show The Mentalist.

Tonight's episode -- we're told -- will be the first with Harper given a lead-writing credit. (Air time, 9 p.m. on Channel 4 KMOV.)

If you haven't seen the show (or perhaps confuse it with Fox's Mental), here's what Time magazine writes about it:

The Mentalist works because it's such an elegant example of its kind; if it's comfort food, it's prime-grade meat loaf. Much credit goes to the sly scripts, overseen by Bruno Heller (HBO's Rome), which take the viewer to familiar places by clever routes, providing a jocular corrective to the relentless noir gore of CSI et al. The mysteries are engaging but not byzantine; you can probably figure out the culprit just a step before Jane does. And who doesn't want a handsome man to make him or her feel smart?

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