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The goofball detective series Psych used to air on Friday nights (those of us who weren't out clubbing comprised its viewership). Tonight, the USA series begins its second half of season 4 in a new time slot: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. And let's be honest, that's a very different sort of night in primetime TV. Big fish like CSI:NY, one of TV's highest-rated shows, swim around Wednesdays at 10.
But USA has confidence in Psych. Fans (Psych-os?) are literally counting down the seconds until tonight's "season 4.5 comeback," and the network just gave the show a green light for season 5. Those in Psych's cult following enjoy the layers of fun involved in each broadcast, like the pineapple that's hidden somewhere in the background of every episode (eagle-eyed viewers win weekly prizes for spotting it.)
The show's private investigators Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) have hung their shingle on a lie: the Santa Barbara police department employs them as "consultants" because they believe Shawn is psychic. Actually, Shawn solves crimes through an acute sense of observation. But hey, if they're cracking cases, what's the diff?
Shawn's deliberate deception distinguishes him from The Mentalist's Patrick Jane, a former fake psychic who's now upfront about his crime-solving powers of observation. Oh, and another difference: Psych is unequivocally a comedy first, and a crime procedural second. Pop culture references abound, and quips fly over dead bodies at a good clip.
"I'm sorry, did you bring a date to the crime scene?" gripes Det. Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), as cops gather around a dangling corpse. "It was either this or ice skating," Shawn replies. Abigail (Rachael Leigh Cook), his sort-of girlfriend, beams and shrugs.
The steady stream of great guest stars like Cook is another draw. Among the veteran actors who've dropped by are Christine Baranski, Jeri Ryan, Cybil Shepherd and Judd Nelson. It's hard to say how long Cook will hang around, at least based on this interview response that Roday gave to Small Screen Scoop:
How will Psych fare on Wednesday nights? I guess we'll see!
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