Just Passing and others who are noticing this: Yes, it's beginning to look like there will be more to the Kim character than we might think. Go back to where Jane was grilling her about possible past sessions with a shrink. He said, That's a lie, but we'll get back to that later, then went on to other aspects of what she was doing. So Jane is no doubt extremely intrigued about what Kim might be hiding and he is going to find out what it is because that's the way he is. That may have him interacting with her more often than we'd like but it's just him psyching her out. Heller did say Kim would interfere in some way with the Jane-Lisbon relationship and it may be all about Jane's determination to learn the truth of her past. It's like when he couldn't let go of the Erica murder case because "She thinks I'm not smart enough to catch her." Jane never drops a mental challenge and Kim has presented one. Then again, maybe she did it on purpose and it's all part of a new kind of cat and mouse game.
Our newspaper has a weekly column about TV/film stuff. Someone occasionally asks about shows getting canceled. The answer always is that it's all about the bottom line. If the show doesn't have high enough ratings or is costing too much or isn't making as much money as some other show might, it's gone no matter how much the fans complain and beg.
Just Passing I love your scenario about the FBI using Kim to separate Lisbon and Jane so they can get rid of Lisbon. It's perfect! Problem is, it's too perfect. We had a lot of perfect scenarios re Red John and look how that ended up, so if you're right it's an historical first!
Now about Lisbon: I got to thinking more about what Simon said, in a serious way, on The Talk about the switchover in mid-season being "dangerous." Dangerous means a drop in ratings and no show wants that. So what would cause a drop in ratings and why would they take that chance? The show had to have been planning this all along because Pete mentioned the Airstream way back in S5. So it wasn't a sudden decision. It was well thought out. (Not as well as it should have been re RJ of course.)
They had to be planning a Season 7 or they would never have bothered taking down CBI and building a whole new set just for half a season. Getting rid of all the old stuff suddenly was indeed "dangerous." So what did they get rid of in addition to the RJ story and the CBI set? Cast regulars Bertram, Stiles, Hafner, and Kirkland, plus Rigsby and Van Pelt (now on their way out). They don't even have CBI Ron any more. What was left? Only three cast members: Jane, Lisbon and Cho. That's all. Out of six years of episodes, only those three are left and none of the infrastructure. Not even Jane's Citroen. Not even that wonderful attic with it's metal barn door and bed on sawhorses. Even Jane's Malibu house is unlikely to ever be seen again.
If the show saw the sudden total changeover as "dangerous" in terms of ratings, they would not dump Lisbon. They assured viewers she would stay by having Jane insist on her joining him as his top demand for returning - and making it non-negotiable. So Lisbon is not going to be phased out, just possibly have a different role to play. After all, she's not Jane's boss any more. Right now, someone has to stay at FBI to find out who is tracking and killing former CBI people. Who better than Lisbon to work with RigsPelt on this major crime problem. Kim and Abbott would not know where to start. Jane is needed to work with Kim on the week's procedural while Lisbon tracks down the new killer. So, bottom line, I don't see Lisbon being dumped because it seems clear that CBS and Warners want the show to survive at least one more season. They aren't going to make the massive dangerous changeover even more dangerous by dumping Lisbon. Ain't gonna happen.
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