‘Psych’ Gets Canceled – But Will It Return as a TV Movie?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 6th, 2014 at 6:54 am,

Bad news, Psych-Os. USA’s long-running psychic detective dramedy, Psych, will come to an end following season 8 – the current season – with the series finale set to air on March 26th. That final episode will be followed by a live, one-hour cast and crew Q&A, but that may come as little comfort to fans of the show who were hoping season 9 was on the horizon.

The announcement came from James Roday and Dule Hill – the stars of the show – via video message (above). The playful and grateful tone makes it sound as if series creator Steve Franks and his cast and crew just decided that it was time to walk off into the sunset, with Roday telling an upset Hill:

“We all came together in a big group, we said we wanted to go out on top. We wanted to Elway and T. Davis it.”

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However, according to EW, Franks and company haven’t had this news for long. Nevertheless, they had an “inkling” that it was going to happen, which means that the finale will have a proper air of finality to it. Which is good, because in the absence of that, USA’s offices might have been inundated by pineapples and angry tweets from the show’s impressively plugged-in fan base.

Roday – who’s aware of the dedicated and vocal fans and the show’s long run for USA -  spoke to TV Line about the possibility of a proper send-off back in July while promoting the show’s upcoming season and the musical episode that ran in December.

“I think we’re all pretty confident that, after such a long haul, the network will do us right and give us the opportunity to send ourselves and the fans out properly.”

Is the upcoming series finale going to be proper enough? Perhaps it won’t have to be, at least according to USA Network President Chris McCumber, who said:

“ ‘Psych’ has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape, with a unique brand of comedy. [...] 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.”

Clearly, he is referring to an old timey radio play. No? That only leaves a few more practical options for Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster, a.k.a. MC Clap Yo Handz.

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Spin-off? While it might be interesting to see Steve Franks pull a Vince Gilligan and try to succeed where Baywatch Nights, The Golden Palace, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years failed, Psych relies too heavily on its entire ensemble for fans to go along with a setting change or some other device that would greatly alter the show. Shawn and Gus are the hook, but is this the same show without Lassie, O’Hara, or Henry? Doubtful.

That would seem to leave a TV movie as the most likely option. Psych has often demonstrated a flare for the epic, be it their Clue-themed 100th episode, the Twin Peaks episode, or the musical; and with USA airing a Burn Notice TV movie before that show’s end and with one-time speculation about a Monk TV movie, it’s not like the suggestion is that far-fetched. In fact, this might be the best option for Psych fans (apart from, you know, another full season) since one TV movie could certainly turn into a series of them (like Murder, She Wrote or Jesse Stone) if the Psych-O machine does what it does best each time out.

So, what do you think: is a possible future return enough to dull the pain of hearing about Psych‘s impending finale?

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Psych airs Wednesdays @9pm on USA.

Source: EW, TV Line

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  1. Shoot man. I love this show.

  2. I came into this season with the understanding it could very well be the last, but it still hurts.

  3. I always thought the show was lame. I won’t miss it.

    • Good for you. You must feel good that a show that many like is ending. If it makes you feel any better, it’ll be replaced by more reality shows. I bet you like that.

  4. I just… I mean we thought we knew…..But to hear it..
    Damn it… Such a good show.. And this season has been pretty good…
    They are going out on top.. still makes me laugh…

    I feel like Gus in the video…

  5. I think I cried. I was like NO NO NO, not real while watching the video. Why can’t Steve Franks be like Moffat and just lie to us, and the show has been renewed for 324 seasons?

  6. I’ve always been a huge fan of the show. I love it! but honestly, i wasn’t impressed with this past season or with the musical. I’m glad the creators are ending it soon, rather than dragging it out, however. With that being said, it was the first show I ever watched from beginning to end (Not on Netflix), and will be a show I always turn to every time I need a good laugh. I shall miss this amazing show dearly.

  7. I’ve had a feeling season 8 would be the last but that doesn’t dampen the sadness. I have been a Psych-O ever since this show premiered, it’s my favorite show on tv, and I will miss it. I would love a Psych movie after the season. The Psych Musical was fantastic and I’d love another one.

  8. :’(

  9. I really enjoyed your show. I am 61 and when your show came on it really made my day.

  10. Darn! A show with this much character chemistry is rare. I will be sorry to see it go.

  11. Awwwwww, Dam…DARN! I liked that show! It endeth too soon.

  12. Love these guys, love the show. But they’re pushing forty now and there comes a time when you’re too old for the shtick.

    • NO! Leslie Neilson was never too old for the schtick, and Shawnand Gus could shtick into their 70′s :P

  13. I used to enjoy the show, but I stopped watching last year when the mugging became more important than the mysteries.

  14. So it’s not getting cancelled, it’s ending. There’s a difference.

    • usa is the only who pulled the plug. the creators didn’t decide to end it, the network did. therefore, it is getting cancelled. if the creators decided themselves to end it (like gilligan with breaking bad), then it wouldn’t be cancelled, buddy.

  15. We need a crossover tv movie with burn notice,psych and white collar.

    • I always thought there was a lot of potential for a crossover with Monk — I believe there were some discreet mentions in Monk, and that Gus was friends with Natalie; she mentioned once she had a friend in pharmaceuticals who “works with a fake psychic” in one episode (or novel). Potential link: Trudy is Henry’s step sister; something like that.

  16. NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO! I’m gonna missed this show!

  17. While ive only watched a few episodes of this show i have to say you should feel glad its going off the air on a good note ibstead of dragging on for years. Its terrible when once great shows get old, ive watched burn notice, dexter, and californication go from incredible shows to terrible from dragging on our recycling its own plot for too long. Seems like you all says its on a good note and will bow out as such which is a better fate than most shows get.

  18. Total BS! Not even giving the show a proper ending either

  19. Love this show

  20. I love this show.The only one I watch,what will it take to bring it back(with all the cast members)? Is this USA,s fault?

  21. Appears they have known for a little while, the announcement was filmed at the same time the promos were filmed last fall for the Musical episode. And some of their comments during the musical and the new season pointed it was the end. Will miss it

  22. I have loved Psych since the very first show. It was a little crazy but hey if it made people laugh and really care about their characters if was great. I really hate to see go.

  23. this show died for me, a couple of seasons ago, it lost its interesting unique humor and its clever episode-building plots, but now its recycled crap and pointless dialogue…

    the first four seasons are best, when it gets to season 5, it starts to get wack…

  24. I love this show, and as long as the finale has a proper ending, then I won’t mind. I’ve seen too many great shows end without an ending. TV movies would be cool, but if they decide to do a spin off, then I hope its Cary Elwes’ Despereaux. He’s a great actor with an interesting character. I love how he balances good/bad while being funny and cool at the same time. What does anyone else think?

  25. It’s not a cancellation if the creators end the show.

  26. The show is only just hitting its stride, with creative and comic freedom…This season is showing the potential every season was inching toward and I hate to see it end unceremoniously now when I’m laughing harder than ever before

  27. It used to be funny, but ran out of energy long ago.

  28. Good Riddance, this was a terrible show to begin with and I am surprised that it was on this long.

    • I bet you didn’t even watch it. Enjoy the reality shows that will fill its space.

    • Probably didn’t even watch it. LAWL