A new quick-witted drama, ‘Psych’ stars James Roday (“Miss Match,” “The Dukes of Hazzard”) as young police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute the precinct detectives think he’s psychic – at least that’s what he lets them believe.
Series also stars Dulé Hill (“The West Wing”) as Shawn’s best friend and reluctant sidekick Gus and Corbin Bernsen (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “L.A. Law”) as Shawn’s disapproving father, who ironically was the one who honed his son’s “observation” skills as a child.
Also featured are Timothy Omundson (“Judging Amy,” “Deadwood”), Maggie Lawson (“Crumbs,” “Inside Schwartz”) and Kirsten Nelson (“Everwood,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”).
‘Psych’ will premiere with a 90-minute episode on Friday, July 7 at 10PM/9PM central followed by one-hour episodes for the remainder of the season.
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‘Psych’ is executive produced by Steve Franks (“Big Daddy”), in association with Tagline Pictures’ Kelly Kulchack and Chris Henze and NBC Universal Television Studios. Jack Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart (“Boston Public,” “Ed”) and Mel Damski (“Picket Fences”) are co-executive producers, Douglas Steinberg (“Boston Public”) is consulting producer. Story editor is Anupam Nigam and Andy Berman serves as staff writer. Michael Engler directed the 90-minute pilot.
Created and written by Steve Franks, ‘Psych’ continues USA’s tradition of original scripted programming centering on quirky, intelligent characters. As with ‘Monk’, ‘Pysch’ mixes comedy with its crime and features a somewhat eccentric lead character – Shawn Spencer (Roday), a police psychic with absolutely no psychic abilities.
Raised in Santa Barbara, Shawn possesses uncanny powers of observation honed by his police officer father, Henry (Bernsen), who drilled young Shawn to note even the smallest of details from his surroundings as a way of grooming him for his inevitable career in the family business.
Unfortunately, when a rift develops between father and son, Shawn finds himself taking a series of random jobs instead of becoming the detective he was groomed to be.
However, for the fun of it, he makes a habit of calling in tips to the police about cases he reads about or sees on television, and when one of his tips appears too close to the truth, the police are convinced that Shawn is an accomplice and arrest him.
Using his charm and well-tuned talent, Shawn convinces the cops that he’s actually a psychic, and although highly skeptical of his explanation, they hire him to help solve tough cases. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend Gus (Hill), Shawn uses his skills of observation and charismatic personality to become the detective he was trained to be, opening his own PI agency – ‘Pysch’, and solving cases for an ever-suspicious – but grudgingly impressed – police force.
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