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USA Renews 'Psych' for Fifth Season

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 24th 2009 12:50PM
PsychGet psyched: USA has renewed the Emmy-nominated series 'Psych' for a fifth season, Variety is reporting.

16 new episodes have been ordered for a summer 2010 launch, which will make 'Psych' USA's longest-running original scripted series -- after 'Monk,' of course, which ends after eight seasons on Fri., Dec. 4.

Whether 'Psych' will have the same longevity is unclear. But the show will be tested early when its fourth season returns from hiatus at the end of January, where it will have to fly solo without its long-running lead-in.PsychGet psyched: USA has renewed the Emmy-nominated series 'Psych' for a fifth season, Variety is reporting.

16 new episodes have been ordered for a summer 2010 launch, which will make 'Psych' USA's longest-running original scripted series -- after 'Monk,' of course, which ends after eight seasons on Fri., Dec. 4.

Whether 'Psych' will have the same longevity is unclear. But the show will be tested early when its fourth season returns from hiatus at the end of January, where it will have to fly solo without its long-running lead-in.

'Psych' was created by Steve Franks and stars James Roday and Dule Hill. On the series, Shawn Spencer (Roday), solves crimes with the Santa Barbara Police Department by using his heightened observational skills and photographic memory, thus making others believe that he is psychic. Shawn is joined by his partner and best friend Burton Gustor (Hill), along with Shawn's former police sergeant father, Henry, played by Corbin Bernsen.

'Psych' debuted in July 2006 to become the year's highest-rated basic cable premiere, with an average of 6.1 million viewers. It has since continued to deliver solidly for the network, especially among younger viewers.

In addition, William Rabkin has written two novels based on and inspired by 'Psych,' which are credited with retaining the show's energy. He is currently working on a third.

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