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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: William Shatner Shakes Up the Team on 'Psych'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 16th 2011 3:30PM
When I heard that William Shatner was going to be guesting on 'Psych,' I did a little nerd jig of joy, and not just because I'm a 'Star Trek' nut. 'Psych' is one of my turn-my-brain-off, escapist pleasures, and seeing the Shat bring his inimitable brand of ham to the proceedings sounded like an excellent idea.

The episode itself, which airs Nov. 30 and has Shatner playing Jules' con-man father, is a solidly enjoyable outing. But one question sprang to mind as I watched it: Why aren't there any 'Star Trek' shout-outs in the episode? On a show as pop-culture obsessed as 'Pysch,' not even one Tribble or red-shirt reference? What gives?

Here's what the show's creator and executive producer, Steve Franks, had to say when I asked him about that.

"There are three reasons we did not" make 'Trek' references, Franks said. "One, we really wanted him to come back many times and we were cowardly and thought we might insult him. Two, we wrote the episode before we knew we had a shot at him and we were too cowardly to add it in after he saw the script. Three, it turns out we weren't so cowardly" and the producers put a 'Trek' reference or two in to the clip that aired before the 'Pysch' panel at Comic-Con last summer.

As Franks noted, "it made reference to Shatner's status in the sci-fi world and had a 'beam me up' bit in it." You can find that Shatner Comic-Con intro here (I'd recommend downloading the clip and watching it once it's on your hard drive. The Shat bit begins about one minute in). By the way, the full 'Psych' Comic-Con panel is here and the show's San Diego "sizzle reel" is here.

And speaking of suitable guest stars, upcoming episodes will feature 'Psych'-ian visitors such as Jason Priestley, Tony Hale and Molly Ringwald.

Back to the Shat: Enjoy this exclusive look at his performance in the Nov. 30 episode, which is titled 'In for a Penny.' As you can see below, Jules is not especially happy to see her ne'er-do-well dad:

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