Eric Winter has been tapped for a recurring on CBS’ crime drama The Mentalist as a potential love interest for co-star Amanga Righetti. In pilot casting news, Rick Hoffman has joined USA Network’s A Legal Mind, while Melissa De Sousa has been added to BET’s Reed Between the Lines. On Mentalist, Winter (The Ugly Truth) will play Craig O’ Laughlin, an FBI agent who catches the attention of Grace Van Pelt (Righetti), and the two of them have chemistry.
Gabriel Macht has closed a deal to star opposite Patrick J. Adams in USA Network’s pilot A Legal Mind. The pilot centers on Mike Ross (Adams), a brilliant but unmotivated college student who gets recruited by a Harvey Specter (Macht), a lawyer at top Manhattan corporate law firm despite not having a law degree. He has to use his book and street smarts and hustling skills to keep the charade. The project has a two-male-lead setup in the vein of the network’s series White Collar. ICM-repped Macht will next be seen in Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs.