EXCLUSIVE: Eric Winter is set to star opposite Tricia Helfer in TNT’s drama pilot Scent Of The Missing. The project, co-written/executive produced by CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn, Melissa R. Byer and Treena Hancock based on the book by Susannah Charleson, centers on Susannah (Helfer), a tenacious, strong-willed K-9 Search and Rescue volunteer who works with an equally determined partner — her mischievous golden retriever, Puzzle. Winter will play Jake, a member of the search and rescue team with his dog Shadow.
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.