aunjanueellis 290 Casting call: Aunjanue Ellis on 'The Mentalist,' Ryan Devlin to 'Cougar Town'“The Mentalist” is getting a new supervisor.

Aunjanue Ellis is joining the cast of the CBS drama in what’s described as a “heavily recurring” part. She’ll play the new head of the California Bureau of Investigation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ellis, who’s slated to make her debut on the show in the spring, is stepping in for Gregory Itzin, who’s headed back to “24” to reprise his role as former President Charles Logan. (His “Mentalist” character, Virgil Minelli, announced his resignation in the Nov. 20 episode.)

Ellis’ credits include “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” NBC’s “E-Ring” and a few episodes of “True Blood.”

“Cougar Town” is welcoming a new younger man to its fold — but he won’t be hooking up with Courteney Cox’s Jules.

Ryan Devlin (“Veronica Mars,” “Big Shots”) will have a recurring part on the ABC comedy later this season, the HR says. He’ll be playing a love interest for Laurie (Busy Philipps) — but not the oft-mentioned, never-seen recent parolee Dale. His character will be named Smith.

The show goes back into production this week after a short hiatus; viewers shouldn’t notice the break, which was scheduled for Thanksgiving week and extended by one day so Cox could deal with a family issue. Devlin should make his first appearance in early 2010.

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