Mind-reading is cool and all. But it's only the most basic aspect of telepathy, if not, it'd have simply been named "mind reading".
So why couldn't the main character develop powerful abilities like attacking someone mentally or mind control? I think it'd have been great character development as his abilities progress and evolve. All while he meets others like him.
The concept of the show is cool and all, and everything I've been looking for since I love this power. Especially since The Mentalist wasn't even about an actual telepath, and I really liked Matt Parkman from Heroes.
But X-Men's telepaths will always be the best portrayal. I just wish people would stop limiting telepathy to just mind-reading and let it shine.