LONDON (Reuters UK)
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)
The Amazing Kreskin is developing a reality TV show in which he’ll help police with unsolved investigations. The project, “POI: Persons of Interest,” follows thought-reader Kreskin as he assists law enforcement in gathering information that could help solve open missing-persons or criminal cases.
Kreskin and his partner on the show, producer Katy Wallin, are shopping the half-hour series to cable networks and already have shot a pilot in which the mentalist helps solve a case involving Scott Javins, a college student from Indiana who disappeared in 2002.
Wallin, who said “POI” has been in development for more than a year, noted the similarities with CBS’ new police procedural drama “The Mentalist,” which joins the network’s schedule in the fall at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. That series stars Simon Baker as a celebrity psychic who puts his observational skills to better use working for law enforcement.
“There’s an uncanny similarity between our pilot and the forthcoming CBS series ‘The Mentalist,”‘ Wallin said. “There is one basic and major difference: ‘POI’ is not fiction and stars the real mentalist.”
Kreskin, who recently has been serving as a consultant to law enforcement and security personnel, created the project with Indiana state investigator John Kleiman. Kreskin said the project is “a great chance to bring closure to families who need it.” 11/11/08