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USA orders more Psych

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 24th 2009 10:02AM
Psych_gus_shawnUSA Network is losing Monk this year, but it's not about to let Psych go. The adventures of Shawn and Gus will continue. USA announced today that Psych is coming back for season five, with 16 new episodes ordered up.

This, my friends, is a no-brainer. Psych is one of USA's more reliable hours, a comedy-mystery series that has a loyal following. This past summer season -- which will soon be completed in the winter when the second half of the episodes air beginning in late January (the date hasn't been confirmed yet) -- the show performed especially well in younger demographics.

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Steven Weber is getting Psyched

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 10th 2008 8:40AM
Steven WeberShawn Spencer's family is growing. First, there's his mother, Madeline, coming to Santa Barbara for a visit, in the personage of Cybill Shepherd. And now comes news that another major television star is coming on board for a guest role. Steven Weber will be appearing in an episode of Psych as Shawn's Uncle Jack.

Jack is Henry's brother, although I don't see a big resemblance between Corbin Bernsen and Steven Weber. However, if the character is more like Shawn, that will give Weber a chance to play it wild and wacky. Maybe he'll be like his Brian Hackett incarnation on Wings.

According the TV Guide, this Psych episode sounds sort of like a Raiders of the Lost Ark/National Treasure adventure. Uncle Jack comes to town in search of a treasure. He has a map to a hidden Spanish cache of goodies and enlists Shawn and Gus in his search. Now you just know that James Roday will be pulling out a bullwhip and Fedora.

Weber, by the way, is expected back on Brothers and Sisters next season as Sarah's part-time lover. When the show wrapped, their romance was still humming.

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Reasons I miss Psych, even though it is a little hokey

by Debra McDuffee, posted Mar 21st 2008 6:02PM
psych One thing that gets me about the USA Network's "seasons" is that they barely begin, and then they are over. I am not even sure we got eight episodes of Psych, and now it is gone again, just as I was getting comfortable with my weekly dose of hokey. Hokey, says I? Then why do I miss it?

1. Corbin Bernsen -- You know you loved him in L.A. Law, heck, you even loved him in Major League II. But Psych uses Bernsen's talents to the fullest, in creating one of TV's most obnoxious dads with a true tender side (from bubble baths to believing in his son, even though it is usually somewhat veiled). So, so glad they use him more each season.

2. The mysteries -- Yes, a grand part of the hoke, and sometimes painfully predictable. But I love a mystery, even of the lamest kind, and for me, a show that has some secrets not revealed until the end carries some clout.

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The 4400: Blink

by Sarah Gilbert, posted Jul 24th 2006 1:35PM

tom receives cookies, with a dash of therapy(S03E08) A friend and I were talking about a third woman, one who's involved with a volunteer organization. "I want my donation to be therapy for her!" said the friend. This week's episode of The 4400 opens that delicious possibility: the ability to force therapy onto someone. Oh, were it only true! I totally would have stolen that lady's herbs, too.

As it turns out, the therapy isn't always beneficent. Three people commit suicide at the opening of the show, haunted too cruelly by figures from their past. This sends Tom and Diana into a quest to find the source of the hallucinations -- a brand-new street drug called "Blink" -- and quash their own demons, personified by Tom's dead father and Diana's old fiancé.

Speaking of fiancés. The plot took its most delicious turn yet.

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The 4400: Weight of the World

by Sarah Gilbert, posted Jun 20th 2005 4:52PM
trent appelbaum with daughter in weight of the worldIn the last episode, I was a little disappointed; the action didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like the season opener did. The writers were working on setting up a backdrop for the rest of the season, I suppose, as "Weight of the World" had its share of nailbiters. There's the curious weightloss program (drink from the same cup as washed-up salesman Trent Appelbaum, and the pounds just melt away), with its unknown and deadly effects. There's the affair between Jordan and the Madonna stand-in and its curious and deadly effects. And, of course, there's the usual on-the-road vignettes with Lily and Richard - will they stay one step ahead of the feds? While the episode was a bit busy and formulaic, I loved how the writers are developing Jordan into the quintessential cult figurehead, and how Shawn is working out his disapproval of his boss' many failings. Most curious is what's going on with Kyle (and his hottie professor girlfriend, excellent) - is the future coming back to haunt him? Is he possessed? Is he developing a split personality disorder? Why would the future be so destructive? It doesn't make sense. I'm sure we'll learn more next week...

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