The threat has been looming for a while now, and now it's been confirmed: this season will be the final one for USA's Psych. The series finale is set to air on March 26, after which will air the Psych After-Show, a live, one-hour special that will feature a Q&A with the cast and show creator Steve Franks.
In terms of the lifetime of a show, Psych's end was long overdue — most scripted comedies are practically in a retirement home by Season 6. But it lasted so long because it was sort of the jewel in USA's crown: it's currently their longest-running original series on air, and it was one of cable's top five series on Wednesday nights in the 18-49 demographic.
It's easy to see why the show had such an audience. Psych had a reliable formula: take your basic crime procedural, stir well with an energetic, wacky sense of humor, and serve. But the show also wouldn't shy away from a few episodes that played with the show's structure, like a musical episode or a tribute to Twin Peaks. Not to mention that the show's main characters, Shawn and Gus, had the best bromance since Turk and J.D. on Scrubs. Dule Hill and James Roday paired up again to make the announcement of the show's ending on video today:
Hang in there, guys. Remember the good times with some of these classic Psych moments...
"Hi, I'm Shawn Spencer, and this is my partner..."
"Gus, don't be..."
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Oh, the poor blueberry. The little company car that could.
Often to '80s music. Rarely coordinated.
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