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by bill keveney
'Psych' has forged a close connection with its fans who call themselves 'Psych-Os'.
Psych says goodbye after eight seasons.
PSYCH, which has passed the 100-episode milestone, will broadcast its last episode on March 26 in the United States.
The finale will be followed by the Psych After Show, a live discussion in front of a studio audience featuring the full cast and the show’s creator, Steve Franks.
The programme will feature memorable clips and previously unseen footage.
Psych tells the story of Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a fake psychic detective, and his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dule Hill).
Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson also star.
In addition to a two-hour musical in December, Psych is known for its emblematic pineapple, introduced in the first episode.
It is also known for its frequent tributes to the 1980s; homages to the films Clue and The Shining and the TV series Twin Peaks; and Shawn’s nicknames for Gus, including Gus Sillypants Jackson and Ovaltine Jenkins.
Guest stars have included William Shatner, Molly Ringwald, James Brolin and Christine Baranski.
The show also has forged a close connection with its fans.
Psych went on a 10-city college tour and appeared five times at Comic-Con to the delight of appreciative fans, known as “Psych-Os.”
USA network president Chris McCumber praises the show in a statement accompanying the announcement and hints that its characters might return.
“Psych has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape with a unique brand of comedy,” he says.
“The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run.
“And while the series will wrap in March, somehow, I don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Shawn and Gus.”
NBC Universal Cable Entertainment president Jeff Wachtel called Psych “one of those rare projects that broke into the cultural mainstream. Its wild energy, fearless fun and engaging characters delivered an unrivaled series that will continue to be loved by fans for as long as there are ways to watch TV.”
Psych, which averaged 4.2 million viewers in Season Seven, was honoured as best cable television comedy last month at the People’s Choice Awards. – USA Today/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
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